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March 2021

The US is on the Rebound 

Hi everyone,
As COVID finally seems to be on the decline thanks to the distribution of vaccines worldwide, there is plenty to look forward to this year. From the relaxation of quarantine and travel bans, to the resumption of in-person classes, the end of COVID restrictions are finally in sight. However, there are still barriers to overcome in higher ed, especially for international students aiming to study in the US.

Application Numbers Likely to Bounce Back

No one is surprised by the drop in application numbers of Chinese students hoping to study in the US this past admission season. Many Chinese students have opted to defer their admission, take a gap year, or even turn to international schools in China to avoid the dangers and difficulties of studying abroad during a global pandemic. A recent study by the Counsel of Graduate Schools (CGS) analyzing admission data of international students at US universities does seem to indicate that the drop in admission numbers is largely due to COVID and it’s associated barriers. While this is specifically focusing on Graduate schools, it’s likely that this is also the case for Undergraduate students and application numbers are likely to rise with the alleviation of health risks and travel restrictions.

 

Persisting Barriers

Especially in the US, international student enrollment is tied closely to politics. It is also no secret that Trump’s restrictive and anti-immigration policies put a strain on international students studying in the US, but there is still plenty for Biden to do to help reverse this damage. In particular, many international students, particularly Chinese students in STEM, are still facing visa restrictions and delays that may jeopardize their job prospects in the US. Biden needs to do more to help support international students, particularly visa support for recent graduates to help promote international students to stay and work in the US. The barriers created over the last 4 years won’t be taken down over night, but it does look like things are finally on the right track for a rejuvenation of international education in the US.

Our Top 4 Articles

Some Chinese students are considering alternatives to studying abroad, such as international schools located in China.

A recent study by the CGS of international student graduate admissions in the US helps clarify the latest trends to better understand their potential roots.
While the Biden administration has already begun to help alleviate some of the problems international students face, they need to do more to help reverse the damage done to international education over the past 4 years.
While the situation for international students in the US has improved some, many are still facing visa issues, especially upon graduation.
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