Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Fewer Science Students Applying to U.S. Institutions

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Fewer Science Students Applying to U.S. Institutions

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Fewer international graduate students are applying to study in the United States, according to a survey conducted by the Association of International Educators, in Washington, D.C., and four other education groups.

Declines in international graduate student applications appear to be particularly acute at the nation's doctoral and research institutions, and among the 25 research institutions that enroll the most international students, the Association reported. Nineteen of the 25 responded to the survey. All reported a decline in international graduation applications, and 15 reported that the number had declined by more than 10 percent. Of the 130 responding doctoral and research institutions (including those 19), nearly 60 percent indicated a decline in applications from international graduate students, and 28 percent indicated no change in application rates.

While the survey results suggest that declines in applications from international graduate students are occurring overall, survey results also indicate that the problem is especially serious for Chinese applicants to U.S. graduate programs.

These results suggest, the Association said, that an increasing number of internationally mobile students at the highest levels--those seeking advanced study and research in the sciences, medicine, technology, business, and other fields--are looking for academic opportunities outside the United States. Moreover, "the perception of the survey respondents appears to be that these declines reflect an impression on the part of potential applicants that an unwelcoming climate for international students now exists in the United States, and that this is demonstrated most visibly by the difficulty they face in securing a visa in a timely manner. …

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