US Colleges Face Declining International Enrollment


Facing uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic, colleges and universities are expecting a decline in international enrollment.

According to a survey from the Institute of International Education, 88 percent of colleges and universities believe international enrollment will decrease in the next academic year. Additionally, seven in ten believe their international students will be unable to return to campus in the fall.

As noted by Inside Higher Ed, travel fears and restrictions, distance from home, and a suspension in visa processing are all factors contributing to a possible decline in international students. Fewer international students will drastically affect revenue at some institutions, as international students pay a higher tuition rate than most domestic students. For some schools, the losses will be tens of millions of dollars.

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