Although international student enrollment at graduate schools in the United States increased by its widest margin in seven years, new data from the Council of Graduate Schools indicates that the the dynamics of the market have changed considerably since that 2006 peak. According to the CGS’s International Graduate Admissions Survey, for example, 71,418 international student students enrolled in US graduate programs for the 2013-2014 academic year. This represents a 10% increase on the year before and brings total foreign enrollment to 220,317. As this represents approximately 15% of all of the graduate students in the country, determining the composition and context of this increase is a high priority for program administrators. Finding a clear answer, however, is easier said than done. Read the rest of this entry »
The Institute of International Education’s released its annual Open Doors report this month. The report, an overview of the shape, structure, and scope of international education in the United States, provides encouraging information for study abroad and international students alike. The number of the number of international students at US colleges and universities and the number of US students studying abroad both rose to all-time highs in the 2012-2013 academic year. According to the report, some 819,644 international students studied in the US last year, a 7.2% increase over the year before and the third straight year of increased international student enrollment. Meanwhile more than 283,000 students studied abroad last year, a 3.4% increase over the year before. In both cases, growth is a positive sign for an area of industry that was hit hard by the Great Recession. Read the rest of this entry »
Due to the increasingly competitive nature of admissions, getting accepted to a college or university in the United States can be a challenging task for even the best-equipped international student. As daunting as getting to higher education in the US may be, though, many of these jetsetters still believe that the first stage of this journey is a lot simpler than the last: landing a job. Indeed, despite the fact that many international students represent the best of the best from their respective countries, many believe that the odds are stacked against them when it comes to finding work after graduation. Indeed, a number of factors limit the job search prospects of international students.
A number of disparate factors have colleges and universities in the United Kingdom worried. While their reputations remain rock solid – the home of Oxford and Cambridge continues to be synonymous with educational excellence in the minds of many – one of its largest cohorts of international students is nevertheless looking elsewhere for its higher education needs. Indian student recruitment in the UK is increasingly facing problems where they are avoiding the birthplace of Chaucer and Shakespeare in favor of other destinations due to a number of distinct factors. Read the rest of this entry »
In the world of international education two giants stand tall: China and India. It should come as no surprise that the world’s two most populous nations – and, indeed, two of its emerging superpowers – contribute more international students than any other countries on the planet. From there, however, the stories diverge. While recent economic trends have seen the value of the Chinese Yuan rise in recent months, the opposite is true for the Indian Rupee and all this has both international students and centers of higher education worried.
Since 2007 (when China began to alter its currency regulation policy) the value of the yuan has risen by almost 60% against the British Pound. As a result, studying abroad is now cheaper than ever for Chinese students and indeed a record number are doing exactly that: the 2011-12 academic year saw a 17% rise in Chinese student enrollment in the UK. Indeed, more than one in four non-EU internationals students in the UK hailed from China. While this may seem like a promising trend for educators, many are concerned that schools are becoming too reliant on – and therefore vulnerable to – a single source of students which could be affected by policy or economic changes. Read the rest of this entry »