Under Trump, New International Student Enrollment Has Dropped 10 Percent

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As the U.S. saw a drop in new international student enrollments, other countries—like Australia and Canada—saw a surge.

The number of new international students enrolling at American universities has dropped more than 10 percent from the 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 academic years, according to a new report.

Forbes reported that as the U.S. has experienced a decline, other countries have seen a surge in the enrollment of international students, making particular note of Australia and Canada and speculating that new restrictions on immigration under the Trump administration are the most likely culprit.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, new enrollment of international students at American universities stood at 300,743; in 2018-2019, that number dropped 10.4 percent to 269,383, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The decrease this past school year represents the third straight year of decline in such enrollments, Forbes noted — and next year is not expected to break the trend.

“At a November 18, 2019, press event to release the report, IIE reported on a Fall 2019 ‘snapshot’ survey of 500 universities,” Forbes reported. “The survey showed new enrollment of international students at U.S. universities will likely continue to decline.”

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