‘Disheartening’ Stats on Foreign Students

President Trump has taken steps to discourage foreign enrollment in American universities, and, in combination with the pandemic, that effort has succeeded: The number of international students studying in the US has dropped for the fourth consecutive year. This fall, new enrollment fell 43%, while total enrollment of international students decreased 16%. MarketWatch notes the pandemic had a significant effect on this year’s numbers: Foreign students couldn’t get visas from shuttered embassies and consulates, and some were likely held back from coming to the US by their parents over health concerns. The Trump administration’s shifting rules on what students could stay amid the pandemic also caused confusion. “While not surprising, it is disheartening,” says Miriam Feldblum, executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, on the decline.

Read the full story from Newser here.