International students to US: Do you really want us?

Jul 3, 2018 by

By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo – 

Students from other countries who study at US colleges contribute more than $30 billion to the economy each year. They also help prepare young Americans for joining a global workforce. But in recent years, the climate in the United States has caused a change in thought among those considering studying here. Some of the change is due to policies that arrived with the Trump administration. But some of the decline in international enrollments predates President Trump and is due to other factors, including growth of opportunities in large countries such as India. The result is that US schools are now working hard to convince international students that they are, indeed, welcome. Hundreds of colleges and universities have joined the #YouAreWelcomeHere video and social media campaign, depicting the sense of home they try to forge on their campuses. It’s also one way higher education is pushing back against rhetoric and policies from the government that cast globalization as a threat. Gil Latz, associate vice chancellor for international affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, says that at heart, it’s about addressing this question: “How can we both be safe and open to the world?”

Source: International students to US: Do you really want us? – CSMonitor.com

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