Enrollments in Intensive English Programs Fall

May 31, 2017

The number of students enrolled in intensive English programs in the U.S. fell by 18.7 percent in 2016 compared to the year before, according to new data from the Institute of International Education released Tuesday during the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference. There were particularly large drops in the numbers of students from Brazil (down 56.2 percent) and Saudi Arabia (down 45.2 percent), both countries with large government scholarship programs that have been suspended (in Brazil’s case) or restructured (in the case of Saudi Arabia, which has imposed higher academic eligibility requirements). The number of intensive English students from China also fell by 16 percent. Many international students in the U.S. start in intensive English programs before moving into degree programs.

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