Weekly News Round-Up: June 29, 2023

By Shorelight Team
Published on June 29, 2023

Each week the Shorelight team rounds up trusted headlines on the latest in international education and all things impacting students and universities.

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Rise in int’l applications to US graduate courses

As we all study and try and predict the changes in international student mobility, this article from the PIE confirms what we’ve been seeing in the field; graduate students continue to grow. The full report reveals the change in source countries. The surge in applicants to master’s and doctoral degrees is being led by India and Sub-Saharan Africa, with applications from Indians increasing by 58% compared to the previous year.

“Our higher education institutions need to prepare for a more diverse set of countries and regions sending their students. We need to think about diverse mentoring needs and support systems so all students can reach their fullest potential.”

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Brazilian agents reporting strong growth this year with many exceeding pre-pandemic volumes

For those of you recruiting in Brazil, here is some encouraging news. A recent survey of agents expressed growth in the outbound mobility of students, and many are seeing pre-pandemic levels.

“The survey reveals that Brazilian students are primarily motivated to study abroad by their interest in having an international experience, building language skills, and experiencing a new culture. Student preferences this year are very consistent with the patterns we saw before the pandemic, with English-speaking destinations – Canada, the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia – claiming the top spots in the table of preferred destinations.”

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Why so many U.S.-educated foreign students don’t stay for work

With OPT & CPT facing another possible court challenge, we are following news on post-graduation opportunities for international students. This is an interesting read about the challenges so many high-skilled international graduates face once they graduate and want to stay and work in the U.S. Most lawmakers understand the challenge and support OPT unfortunately, but their understanding hasn’t led to action. The consequence of inaction impacts the U.S. and its ability to keep up with global competitors.

“80% of graduate students in computer science and electrical engineering are foreign born. Only one in five students at the graduate level in those fields, in the most important kinds of subjects in a knowledge economy, only one in five of them are American.”

Get the full story on WBUR >