US Witnessed 72% Decline in Foreign Student Enrolments During 2020: Report

By Cyril Zachariah Updated On - Aug 17, 2021 12:22 PM

Overall, in 2020, US schools saw a 72% decline in new student enrolment as compared to 2019, according to a report by Boundless. This was said to be caused by visa delays and denials, competition from colleges and universities in other countries and rigid immigration policies introduced by the Trump administration.

According to a record released by Boundless, fewer international students studied in the US in recent years although the upcoming academic year is expected to see an upward trend.

The report highlighted that there were a total of 1.25 million active records for F-1 and M-1 students in 2020, a decrease of 17.86% from the previous year.

In 2020, US schools, on the whole, saw a 72% decline in new student enrolment as compared to 2019.

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The further cited reasons for the decline, which included visa delays and denials, competition from colleges and universities in other countries and rigid immigration policies introduced by the Trump administration.

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However, 43% of US higher education institutions have registered a rise in international student applications for the current (2021-22) academic year. This uptick has been attributed to the coming of the new administration, its flexible immigration policies and COVID-19 posing less of a threat in some parts of the US.

According to publicly available reports, in 2020, international students from 226 countries came to study in the US, with China being the largest source of origin, followed by India. The number of active students from the two countries stood at 3.82 lakh and 2.07 lakh respectively.

Four schools including Columbia University, New York University, Northeastern University and University of Southern California were the most popular last year, with each enrolling over 15,000 international students.

Around 50% of the total international students studied in California, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas.

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Most international students in the US enrolled in SEVP-certified associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, with degree courses in STEM being the most popular.

During the 2019-20 academic year, the three most popular study fields were Engineering with 2.20 lakh international students, Maths and Computer Science with 2.05 lakh students and Business and Management with 1.74 lakh students.

Source: The Times of India

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