Making the case for increasing international student enrollment in United States higher education
As we prepare for the first full academic year since the end of the pandemic, consider this a rare and critical opportunity. Now is the time to collectively reassert the value of gaining an education in the United States and to mobilize to make it even more accessible to students around the world.
International student applications are rebounding. I’m encouraged by that. But as countries continue to expand their higher education capacities, the U.S. is losing its market share, too. The good news: we have no shortage of institutions that have space for international students.
And we are fortunate to have support in Washington. Last month, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued a National Economic Strategy, which prioritizes international education as a top ten U.S. export and cites a growing $37.68 billion market. Earlier, the U.S. Departments of State and Education reaffirmed the international education’s role in U.S. foreign policy.
Let’s work together to seize this critical moment in our sector.