In fiscal 2017, the US issued visas to less than 400,000 international students, which is 17 per cent less than the previous year, according to the US Department of State statistics.
That’s also a 40 per cent drop from 2015.
One potential reason for the drop in enrolment is that a recent US policy change four years ago allowed Chinese nationals to renew student visas once every five years instead of annually, cites an article in Quartz. As a result, there’s been fewer annual applications from Chinese students.
According to a survey conducted by the Institute of International Education, enrolment of first-time international students also decreased by an average of 7 per cent in fall 2017 from 2016 across 522 US institutions.
Other reasons suggested in the article include a decline in Saudi Arabian students, the increasing cost of US universities, and the current US political climate.
For more on this story, read the Quartz article here.