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Declining foreign enrollment at higher education institutions in the United States : a research note

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posted on 2007-06-01, 00:00 authored by V Naidoo
When the Institute of International Education reported a drop of 2.4% in international student enrollment in the United States in 2003/2004, the first absolute decline in foreign enrollments since 1971/1972 (Open Doors, 2004), many were quick to point fingers at visa policies instituted after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The "Visas Mantis" review—a security clearance required for foreign students studying any of roughly 200 scientific fields—was blamed for tarnishing the view of the United States as a welcoming place for international students. Although the review has certainly been the cause of increased visa delays and rejections, this article takes the view that it is not the only cause for the dip in foreign enrollments in the United States. Through econometric analyses, it is shown that other than the visa quagmires, improved access to domestic education opportunities and tuition fee increases can indeed explain the drop in foreign enrollments.

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Journal

Journal of studies in international education

Volume

11

Issue

2

Pagination

215 - 226

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

ISSN

1475-2409

eISSN

1552-7808

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Nuffic

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