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 Students grappling with effects of a strong US dollar

Students grappling with effects of a strong US dollar

All indicators point to surging demand for study abroad among pandemic-weary college students. However, it is increasingly clear that devalued currencies, inflation, and knock-on effects of the Russia/Ukraine...

 US visa processing delays worsening at midpoint of 2022

US visa processing delays worsening at midpoint of 2022

A new analysis from the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, shows that wait times for US visa processing have now reached their worst point since the...

 Most US colleges report increasing numbers of international student applications for 2022/23

Most US colleges report increasing numbers of international student applications for 2022/23

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has released its Spring 2022 Snapshot on International Educational Exchange, based on a survey conducted in April of 559 US higher education...

 US: English language enrolments remained well below pre-pandemic levels in 2021  

US: English language enrolments remained well below pre-pandemic levels in 2021  

The latest annual survey data from the Institute of International Education (IIE) indicates that there were 5.3% more international students in US Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) in 2021...

 Visa processing delays a hurdle for major study abroad destinations this year

Visa processing delays a hurdle for major study abroad destinations this year

There is a growing disconnect between pent-up demand for study abroad and significant visa processing delays in the countries students want to study in. As a result, agents...

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

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

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

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

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....