Fewer International Students Are Coming To The US

Education experts say that since 2015 the craze for US universities has been gradually dipping due to incidents of deportation

Most students came into the state from China (39.9 percent), India (19.2 percent) and Saudi Arabia (11.1 percent). The Institute of International Education has included the schools in its 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

Overall, China and India, between them make up 50 per cent of the 1.08 million foreign students on American campuses - an all-time high.

USA colleges and universities, for the second straight year, hosted a record high of 1.08 million global students in 2016-17.

The 2017 Open Doors also reports that Purdue had 11,288 worldwide students, a 6.9 percent increase over the previous year, which was 10,563 global students.

As per US Department of Commerce estimates, Bangladeshi students in US colleges and universities contributed $249m to their economy.

USA colleges seek foreign students to bolster enrollment and their budgets, for those students generally pay full tuition and fees. As of academic year 2016/17, 1,86,267 Indian students are in USA compared to 1,65,918 students the previous year.

While the number of students from Bangladesh was at its peak back in 2000-2001, at about 4,100, it had subsequently decreased for seven years, to as low as 2,300.

While worldwide student enrollment remains at a high, last year's gain was the smallest in five years, figures from IIE show.

But the numbers were not evenly distributed: 45 percent of the campuses reported declines in new enrollments for fall 2017, while 31 percent saw jumps in enrollments and 24 percent reported no change from past year.

Meanwhile, Nepal and Bangladesh saw the biggest increases in students attending USA colleges, though their overall numbers are still low.

According to the study, the factors causing the growth to slow down include various global and local economic conditions including factors like expansion of higher education opportunities at home and declining populations, said the press release by IIE. Canadian schools that saw sharp gains in applications said those students might otherwise have gone to the United States.

Still, the survey found that half the colleges surveyed worry that the nation's political climate could deter students from coming here.

"They may need to be more intentional in recruitment", he said.

The colleges cited several factors in declining enrollment, including competition from other countries, the cost of USA higher education, visa delays or denials, and an uncertain US social and political climate, the institute said.

"It's much too soon to tell what is the defining factor", he said. Purdue moved up to 23 from 24 in American student participation in study overseas, which is a strategic goal for the university.

Apart from China and India, other major places of origin for worldwide students studying in the United States are South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.

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