Following the pandemic, international enrollments are rebounding nationally and at Pennsylvania colleges.
According to a new survey, international students are returning to US and Pennsylvania colleges in greater numbers this year, but the increase isn’t enough to compensate for last year’s historic declines as COVID-19 continues to disrupt academic exchange.
According to survey results released Monday by the Institute of International Education, the number of international students at American colleges and universities increased by 4% year over year this fall.
However, this follows a 15% drop the previous year, the steepest drop since the institute began publishing data in 1948.
As the delta variant surged over the summer, the upturn was better than many colleges predicted.
However, it also reflects the persistence of challenges, such as visa backlogs and some students’ apprehension about studying abroad during the pandemic.
Universities and government officials in the United States are hoping that this year’s increase is the start of a long-term recovery.
As international travel becomes more common, there is hope that college enrollment will increase beyond pre-pandemic levels.
“After the pandemic, we expect a surge,” Matthew Lussenhop, an acting US assistant secretary of state, told reporters.
The increase this year demonstrates that international students “continue to value a US education and remain committed to pursuing studies in the United States,” he said.
According to the institute, 70 percent of US colleges saw an increase in international students this fall, while 20% saw decreases and 10% remained flat.
This is based on a preliminary survey of more than 800 schools in the United States.
Next year, the non-profit intends to release complete national data.
International enrollments at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-Mellon University increased 19.8% this year from Fall 2021, fueled by significant increases in the number of foreign graduate students.
CMU is second only to Penn State in terms of international students, with 6,752 students.
Two national liberal arts colleges in the South Central Pennsylvania region have also reported signs of improvement.
International enrollments at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster increased to 398 from 378 in 2020, though Vice President for Enrollment Management Jimmie Foster Jr. noted that this is still below the college’s all-time high of 434 international students in 2019-20.
Meanwhile, Vice President for Enrollment at Dickinson College in Carlisle…
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