President Trump’s anti-immigration policies make US less attractive to international students

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WASHINGTON, Jan.3 (APP):President Trump’s rhetoric and his restrictive policies on immigration is making the universities of the United States less attractive to the international students, a report in New York Times said on Wednesday.
The number of foreign students nationwide posted a 7 percent drop this past fall, the report said quoting preliminary figures from a survey of 500 colleges by the Institute of International Education. Nearly half of the universities surveyed reported drop.
The foreign student enrollment which peaked during the past decade with one million international students at US colleges
and educational and training program began to flatten in 2016 for reasons, including the better incentives offered by schools in countries like Canada, Australia and other English-speaking countries.
However, college administrators say that since President Trump took over in January and took a hardline on immigration,
the US universities have become less attractive.
The Trump administration has toughened laws on immigration, including a travel ban on eight countries, including six Muslim-majority nations. In addition, the officials have become more strict in scrutinizing visa applications and rules have made it difficult
for foreign students to remain in the US after graduation.
The fall in number of foreign students is hitting hard the universities which are cutting down on their programs to make up for the revenue loss. The University of Central Missouri is now publishing his bi-weekly magazine online, saving $35,000 in printing
cost. Many professors in universities have also lost jobs.
According to the report, colleges and universities in the country’s Midwest have been hit hard which had come to rely heavily on tuition from foreign students, who generally pay more than in-state students.
“As you lose those students, then the tuition revenue is negatively impacted as well,” the report said quoting Michael Godard, the interim provost at the University of Central Missouri, where 944 international students were enrolled in the fall, a decline of
more than 1,500 from the previous year. He said his university had to make budgetary decisions to adjust.
The University had to cut the number of instructors in computer programs, where many of the foreign students were enrolled.
According to Moody’s Investors Service, growing uncertainty for international student enrollment stems from immigration policies that are in flux. It warned that universities without global brand recognition would be hit hardest by the falling enrollment.
“Many administrators believe the president’s views on immigration have made applying to United States colleges more of a gamble today,” the report said. Other reasons for decline, according to officials, include increased competition from schools in
other countries, cuts in scholarship programs in Saudi Arabia and Brazil, and a currency crisis in India caused when the
government decided to swap widely used notes for new bills.