[photopress:mba_styudents_for_overseas.jpg,full,alignright]A joint survey conducted by eight leading higher education associations, new enrollments of international students increased for the coming year at more than half of the campuses that replied. 19% (134) of the responding institutions experienced declines in newly enrolled international students with 26% remaining level.
One way of looking at these figures is to says that the declines from previous years are over and overall enrollments are growing. However, not all institutions have seen strong increases in new or total enrollments experienced by others, and numbers from certain countries continue to be problematic.
A total of 702 institutions responded to the survey and included among these respondents were 93 institutions that enroll more than 1,000 international students.
The Fall 2007 survey asked educators to indicate whether they had seen a change in new enrollments from selected major sending countries.
More institutions reported increases than declines in the number of students from China (53% reporting increases vs. 10% reporting declines, and the rest reporting level enrollments.)
22% of the responding institutions experiencing declines in international student enrollments cited visa application processes and concerns over delays/denials as the major reason for the decline, followed by cost of tuition/fees at U.S. institutions (16%).