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Foreign Student Enrollment Drops For Third Straight Year


Added 11-18-19 06:42:02pm EST - “US colleges blame Trump, while State Dept. cites high tuition costs” - Newswars.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Newswars.com: “Foreign Student Enrollment Drops For Third Straight Year”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

U.S. colleges and universities saw foreign student enrollment drop for the third year in a row, according to a new report.

Findings of annual research conducted by the Institute of International Education were released on Monday, indicating that enrollment of international students for the fall 2018 semester was down 1 percent compared to the prior year, following drops of 7 percent and 3 percent in 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Some schools have reportedly blamed the Trump administration and political climate in the U.S., according to the Associated Press.

However, the State Department says the slip is tied to applications filed during the Obama administration, and that rising costs are primarily to blame.

“What we’ve seen today is a dramatically better picture compared to last year’s declines,” said Caroline Casagrande, deputy assistant secretary for academic programs at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which funds the Open Doors study.

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