Weekly News Roundup: April 25, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on April 25, 2024

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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U.S. for Success Coalition

Since the U.S. for Success Coalition launched six months ago, it has grown to 40 members, including leading higher education, international education, business and immigration organizations. The coalition has influenced federal policy impacting international students and regularly engaged relevant US government officials. The coalition has started working groups focused on higher education engagement and protecting OPT and contributed to new research on how to design a national strategy geared towards international students’ success in the US.

Shorelight CEO Tom Dretler recently hosted the executive directors of the coalition’s Steering Committee for a strategy session on global trends in international student mobility.

Next, the coalition will focus on monitoring visa issues in preparation for the high-volume student visa application season ahead. Higher education institutions are encouraged to report visa issues affecting students from the Global South, and particularly Africa, through the NAFSA-led visa survey.

Read the latest U.S. for Success Coalition update >

US, New Zealand, Germany more attractive for study abroad

In the US, we know that we are facing increasing global competition as a destination for international students. Beyond our main competitors — the UK, Canada, and Australia — we are seeing counties such as New Zealand, Germany, France, and others emerge with strong international student strategies. In a new survey, the US remains a top choice. The survey, conducted by AECC Global, polled more than 8,300 prospective international students from 124 countries and found, interestingly, that 15.5% of respondents had changed their preferred study destination in the past 12 months.

  • Over the period, interest in New Zealand, Germany, and the U.S. increased by 86%, 36%, and 13% respectively, while interest in the U.K., Australia and Canada decreased by 9-32% after they tightened student visa and employment regulations. The three common reasons for the changes in preferences were the cost of education (24%), employment opportunities (19%), and policies regarding international students (14%).

Read more on VN Express International >

Study Abroad: Nearly 70 Students Choose the US for Overseas Higher Education Followed by UK (54%), Canada (43%) and Australia (27%) Reveals Report

There has been a lot of speculation on trends from India. In 2023, there was an incredible surge in demand from India and as we look to the fall of 2024, there is continued speculation on whether the demand will continue. This research is a good indication that the US remains the number one choice for students from India.

  • The second edition of Oxford International’s Student Global Mobility Index (SGMI) published recently has shown that despite concerns over affordability, safety, and security, the United States of America (USA) remains the top choice among 69% of the surveyed Indian students seeking higher education abroad over other countries such as UK (54%), Canada (43%) and Australia (27%).

Learn more on Education Times >