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 US extends COVID guidance around online and hybrid programmes for 2022/23 academic year

US extends COVID guidance around online and hybrid programmes for 2022/23 academic year

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced earlier this month that its March 2020 guidance for F and M visa class students, and...

 US visa data indicates international enrolments down marginally in 2021

US visa data indicates international enrolments down marginally in 2021

After enduring a nearly 18% drop in foreign enrolments in 2020, US educators – at least in higher education – began to see room for optimism in 2021...

 Most international students in the US want to stay after graduation but worry about getting a job

Most international students in the US want to stay after graduation but worry about getting a job

How are international students feeling about studying in the US? A survey-based research report for Interstride, “Is studying in the US worth it? International students on the “value”...

 US: More international STEM students will be granted three-year OPT

US: More international STEM students will be granted three-year OPT

Effective immediately, the US’s Optional Practical Training programme (OPT) is expanding to allow more international students – in more STEM-related fields of study – to remain in the...

 US announces important changes for student visa policy

US announces important changes for student visa policy

Today we’re reporting on policy changes in the US that will affect international students going to the country in the coming year. These include a planned hike in...

US: Peak bodies call for national international education strategy

The American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Institute...

US: International enrolments fell sharply in 2020 but are now rebounding

At a press conference announcing the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors data for the 2020/21 academic year, IIE and government officials emphasised the Biden administration’s strong...

US and Australian enrolment trends point to longer-term impacts of pandemic

New enrolment data for the US illustrates that different kinds of institution are feeling the impact of the pandemic in unique ways – some institutions are recovering and...

US legislative amendments aim to clarify use of agents in international student recruitment

Efforts are underway to have the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amend new legislation passed in June 2021 – the THRIVE Act – whose wording, in one...

US will allow entry for fully vaccinated travellers beginning in November

In early November, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to enter the US, representing an end to a broad travel ban that has been in place for months....

What does return to campus look like in the US this fall?

A feature presentation at ICEF Virtual Higher Education provided some important insights this week into how the new academic year is taking shape in the United States. The...

ICEF Podcast: The road to pre-COVID enrolment in the world’s top two study destinations

In this episode, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (vice-president of business development) discuss some of the trends shaping student mobility this...

US statement sets stage for coordinated national strategy for international education

“Continuing to nurture a vibrant community of international students is a foreign policy imperative,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who was speaking this week at the...

US withdraws proposed rule on fixed-term limits for international student visas

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced earlier this month that it has formally withdrawn a proposed rule change that sought to place term limits on international...

Survey shows US colleges anticipate a strong recovery in international enrolment

US universities and colleges are anticipating that international students will return, in-person, to campuses this fall. Fully 86% of surveyed institutions expect to offer students in-person study, and...