Foreign Students in U.S.

International students increase following pandemic declines

Colleges report a 68 percent surge in new international students enrolled this fall, following steep pandemic-related drops last year. The Open Doors survey also tracks the pandemic’s effect on study abroad.

Trump administration proposes major overhaul to student visa rules

Trump administration proposes revamping visas so students would have to apply for an extension after fixed terms of no more than four years. Some students would have to reapply after two years, depending on their country of origin.


UNC Chapel Hill sends students home and turns to remote instruction

They came. They saw. They clustered. Now, a week after starting classes at UNC Chapel Hill, undergraduates are being sent home as coronavirus spreads on campus.


ICE clarifies new international students can't take all-online courses

New U.S. immigration guidance clarifies that new international students -- unlike continuing international students -- cannot come to American colleges to take a "100 percent" online course load this fall.


Harvard and MIT sue to block new rule on international students and online enrollment

Harvard and MIT file suit to block a new directive from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would prohibit international students in the U.S. from taking an all-online course load this fall.


Trump administration reportedly considers restrictions on foreign student work program

The Trump administration is reportedly considering temporary restrictions on a program that lets more than 200,000 international students stay in the U.S. and work after they graduate.


Colleges expect few new international students will make it to their campuses this fall

Colleges prepare for big declines in new international student enrollments due to the coronavirus pandemic. But survey data show that about 90 percent of current students remain in the U.S.


COVID-19 disrupts international student exchange in both directions

Questions and stresses remain for international students in the U.S. affected by COVID-19 closures, and many American students studying abroad come home.


Purdue looks to adopt civics knowledge as undergraduate requirement

Purdue's Mitch Daniels thinks civics knowledge should be a graduation requirement. Many faculty members agree.


International applications and first-time international enrollments increase at U.S. grad schools


Survey finds increases in international applications and first-time international enrollments at U.S. graduate schools last fall. But looking ahead to this fall, uncertainties abound.



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