Indians comprised 18% of the overall International student population of the U.S. for the academic year 2020-21, according to a new report.
Pew Research Center surveyed the contribution of international students to the U.S. universities for the year 2020-21 and the quantity and nature of change from the previous academic year 2019-20. The report was released and published on December 6, 2021.
The academic year 2020-21 marked year-over-year decrease of 15% and enrollment of less than 1 million international students with the percentage of international students in the U.S. being 4.6%. Among this figure, the top share went to Chinese origin students with35%, followed by Indian students at 18%, South Koreans with 4% and Canadians at 3%.
The figures showed an anticipated decrease in light of COVID19 pandemic restrictions and fear prevalent throughout the last academic year. The overall year-over-decrease in South Korean students stood at 21%, for Chinese students at 15% and Indian students at 13%.
Pew further analysed the decrease in enrollment figures from China a result of other reasons in addition to COVID19 pandemic effect.
The Research Center stated that the decrease in Chinese students enrollment had begun even before the 2020-21 academic year. The reasons being turbulent China - U.S. relations under the presidency of Donald Trump and the imposed ban on the students of Chinese origin to pursue certain courses. The center notes the decrease as a significant loss for the U.S. universities, as their $15 billion tuition revenue for the year 2018-19 was contributed by the Chinese students.
On the other hand the U.S. population verdict, which is in favour of international students with 80% approval rate, views decrease in Chinese origin students as a good sign with a 55% approval rate.
It is expected that in light of leniency in pandemic restrictions and re-opening of international borders shall result in revival of international students for the U.S. in the upcoming academic years.
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Source: News India Times