US share of international students in decline – ICEF Monitor

ICEF Monitor reports:

  • While it remains the world’s leading study destination, the US share of the international student market has declined from 28% in 2001 to 22% in 2018
  • A new analysis puts the cost of two consecutive years of declines in foreign student commencements in the US at US$5.5 billion, with a corresponding loss of 40,000 US jobs

Citing twelve possible reasons for the decline in acceptance of US college places by international students, the ICEF Monitor explores how the country’s share of foreign students is in decline.

The US is not alone as the UK has also seen a reduction in foreign students, although the scale is somewhat smaller.  On the opposite side, Australia, Canada and Germany have seen significant increases in foreign acceptances with China and Russia gaining a great deal of ground, albeit from a low base.  Quoting a number of possible reasons contributing to the decline and using statistics supplied by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the article discusses the changing fortunes of the largest global student markets.

The full article can be found here: