The number of international students enrolled in higher education institutions in the United States dropped by 2.4 percent for the 2003-04 academic year, representing the first decline in foreign enrollments since 1971-72, according to a report.
The report—released last week by the New York City-based Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs—found that foreign enrollments decreased by 5 percent for undergraduate programs, but increased by 2.5 percent for graduate programs.
The report suggests that the overall decline can be attributed to a variety of reasons, including real and perceived difficulties in obtaining student visas, rising tuition costs, aggressive recruitment efforts by universities in other English-speaking nations, and perceptions that international students may no longer be welcome in the United States.
Vol. 24, Issue 12, Page 10Published in Print: November 17, 2004, as International Students