Sumary of Foreign students returning to US, but below pre-COVID levels:
- International students are returning to U.S. colleges in stronger numbers this year, but the rebound has yet to make up for last year’s historic declines as COVID-19 continues to disrupt academic exchange, according to a new survey.
- Nationwide, American colleges and universities saw a 4% annual increase in international students this fall, according to survey results released Monday by the Institute of International Education.
- As international travel ramps up, there’s optimism that colleges will see growth past their pre-pandemic levels.
- That’s based on a preliminary survey of more than 800 U.S. schools.
- Out of all international students enrolled at U.S. colleges this year, the survey found that about 65% were taking classes on campus.
- In the past, students at the University of San Francisco might have been able to start the term a week late if they faced visa or travel problems.
- Now, those facing visa delays can arrive halfway through the term or later, and in the meantime study online from abroad.
- Facing travel restrictions inside Vietnam, graduate student Vinh Le was unable to get to Ho Chi Minh City’s airport in time for the start of fall classes.