Trump impact on international recruitment Part 1
Since many of you reading this blog have strategic plans that include, even depend, on recruiting international students, I have decided to share with you how future international student recruitment may be impacted by the current administration.
International deans and recruiters are facing the perception that the United States is no longer a country welcoming international students and scholars. As you know, perception becomes reality whether that reality is true of not.
Between eight and ten percent of total net tuition revenue in the United States comes from international students so disrupting the flow of international students can have disastrous repercussions for many schools.
Let’s examine how future international student enrollment could be affected by recently proposed regulations:
Order banning students from seven Muslim countries
If reinstated, the executive order banning visitors, students, and scholars from seven Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen could result in colleges and universities in the United States losing up to $700 million annually, according to estimates by CollegeFactual, a higher education research firm.
More than 17,000 students from these seven countries are currently enrolled on college and university campuses in the United States, the majority in graduate programs. An estimated 2,300 scholars from these countries would be affected by this executive order.
Visa and employment regulations
The proposed stricter policies on issuing visas and Optional Practical Training, or OPT regulations, could impact the recruitment of certain international students. Indian students, in particular, favor enrollment in countries with generous post-graduation employment options. When the United Kingdom scrapped post-graduation permits for international students in 2012, the number of Indian students enrolling in UK universities declined by almost 30 percent. The same is likely to happen in the United States if it becomes more difficult for international students to remain in the U.S. to work after graduation.
International scholars and conferences
In February, 2017, more than 6,000 academics from around the world pledged to boycott future international conferences held in the United States as long as the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim countries is in effect. Some Canadian universities have taken it a step further, by rescheduling previously booked conferences.
No one knows for certain how the recent executive orders and travel bans will eventually impact international recruitment. But some changes are inevitable. In my next blog I will share with you the countries most likely to benefit from the uncertainty in the United States: Canada, Australia and China.