The election of Donald Trump has made the chances of decline for the international students to get enroll into US, as figures show foreign enlistment in the country topping 1 million for the first time.
‘’Mr, Trump’s promise to implement “extreme assesing” of Muslims and other immigrants to the US will “deter some students from applying to US schools” and “make it nearly impossible” for those who do apply’’. This is said by Philip Atbach, research professor and founding director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College.
Additionally, he marked that it is “very probable” that Australia, Canada and other countries will benefit due to offering English Language degree programs from the potential increase in prospective international students seeking other places to study.
But, he said that the UK is “likely to be in the same situation as the US” as worldwide it is recognized as “unwelcoming to foreigners”.
Jason Lane, chair of the department of educational policy and leadership at the State University of New York Albany, thinks that many international students are watching diligently what the new administration will bring and many who will self-select not to come to the US for study, either because they think they would not obtain a visa or they do not agree with the new political profile of the country.
“We saw a similar impact after 9/11,” he uttered.
“Trump has suggested about the j1 visa in which student can also work may need to be somehow revised.”
Professor Lane added that due to the election an increased interest in international branch campuses of US and UK universities has seen “as students look for a foreign education without leaving home”, as well as universities in Australia, Canada and European Union countries “which are known by aggressive international strategies and English as a fluent language’’.
CAUTION! the US-based Institute of International Education (IIE) published its annual Open Doors report, which showed a 7.1 per cent increase between 2014-15 and 2015-16 in the number of international students enrolled in US universities and colleges.
This brings the total number to 1,043,839 and is the tenth consecutive year of upsurge, although the rate has become gradual from a 10 per cent annual rise last year.
For the second year in a row, the largest growth came from India, at 24.9 per cent, while China remains the top-sending country, accounting for almost one-third or 328,547 of international students in the country.
Apart from the fears that Mr Trump’s anti-immigration eloquence will disuade applications from international students, Rajika Bhandari, IIE’s deputy vice-president of research and evaluation, said that actual relocates in policy and other tactile factors affect the student courses. “International students are actually quite flexible to shifting perceptions of eloquence,” she added.
She quoted the “tightening up of visa-screening procedures” in the US after 9/11 as an example of a policy change that led to a “small diminish” in international students, although the numbers picked up very quickly after that.
A little while back, the “magnificient drop” in the number of Indian students in the country prior to 2012-13 was “very clearly bonded to the strong reduction of the Indian rupee against the dollar”, she uttered.