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IIE Report Shows Rebound in International Students in U.S.

Inside Higher Ed

Josh Moody
June 24, 2022
International students are returning en masse to U.S. campuses after the challenges of COVID-19 limited student mobility for the last two years, according to a new report by the Institute of International Education.
While only 8 percent of U.S. campuses reported that all international students attended in-person classes in spring 2021, their numbers shot up to 55 percent this spring, the report said. Additionally, IIE found that international student interest in U.S. colleges is on the rise, with 65 percent of institutions surveyed reporting an increase in applications compared to last year.
The number of U.S. students studying abroad also saw an upswing after the pandemic halted many such programs in 2020 and 2021 or created logistical challenges that made travel more difficult. The IIE report, based on a survey of member institutions, said 58 percent of reporting institutions are offering study abroad programs this summer, while 65 percent plan to do so in the fall and 64 percent intend to do so in spring 2023.