International Enrolment Drops after the Pandemic
According to recent data, in 2019-20, 4.4% of Indian student’s enrolment dropped in The United States. However, it drops after six straight years of growth, the worst fall seen in over a decade.
Further, due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, there is a 43% cut down on international enrolment in American universities. Thus, an international student joining American colleges and universities drastically reduced in the pandemic. Moreover, in the school year that started three months before, the enrolment of international students dropped 43% because of Covid-19.
IIE report funded by the United States
The IIE stands for Institute for International Education. It reports and gathers the above data. The United States Department of State-funded IIE issues visas to students. These students are either for educational or vocational training.
As per the IIE report statement, The Covid-19 pandemic affected international student enrolment radically. Many international students took advantage of opportunities for studying remotely who are from U.S. colleges and institutions. More than 1 million international students enrolled in the U.S. As a result, 20% of it turned to remote learning this year because of campus shutdowns due to Covid-19. Again china and India involved more than half of the entire. 18% of the one million international students in the U.S. are from India.
On the top, china holds a large share of 35% of the International people in American institutions. Whereas several international students went to their native countries. While others are living off-campus or under strict guidelines on campus.
Remote Study Challenges
Above all, students who opted for online study were overwhelmed with many challenges.
“International Students are facing challenges related to different time zones while studying online. Furthermore, they are facing challenges of adapting U.S. academic hours. Also, according to the study international students are adapting course schedules to deal with time differences.”
Anthony Koliha is the Director of the Office of Global Educational Programs at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of educational and cultural affairs. In this regard, she said that the U.S. has the capacity to respond to the future surge.
Author- Pragya Verma
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References- The Hindu
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