Weekly News Roundup: November 16, 2023

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By Shorelight Team
Published on November 16, 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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This week, the news has been all about the Open Doors data! The data indicates that the number of international students at US universities increased by 12% in 2022-23. The data shows that there was an increase in all fields of study with the majority (55%) of students majoring in STEM fields. Math and computer science continued to grow as leading fields of study for international students in 2022/23. Slightly more than 240,000 international students studied math and computer science (23%) while more than 202,000 studied engineering (19%). 

This is great news, but not a surprise to all of us at Shorelight. We’ve seen the spike in demand and have worked hard over the last year to meet that demand. We have a lot of work ahead of us but for now, we will celebrate these new numbers, along with the rest of the country. 

Check out the most informative articles covering international education this week.

International College Student Enrollment Roars Back in U.S.

  • "First-time international enrollment was up 14%, another strong showing that reinforces the 80% increase that occurred in 2021-22, following the worst of the pandemic fall-out when 2020-21 saw a decrease of about 100,000 students."

Read more on Forbes >

International Students Add US$40 Billion to Economy

  • "The one million international students studying in the United States contributed US$40.1 billion to the American economy during the 2022-23 academic year, says a report published online today (13 November) by NAFSA: Association of International Educators."

Learn more on University World News >

Study Abroad: India Reached an All-Time High in International Student Enrollment in the US

  • "India reached an all-time high in international student enrollment, China remained the top-sending country in 2022/23 academic year, a 12% increase compared to the previous year."

Get the full story from Times of India >

India Sends Record Number of Students to U.S., Surpasses China: Report

This report won’t be a surprise for many of us who have been working in international education for the last year. We have experienced the increased demand from India and have worked to try and meet that demand. While the U.S. State Department did amazing work this past year, more will need to be done in order to match consular capacity to visa demand.

  • The report said the number of international students from India to the United States increased by 35%, numbering an all-time high of 268,923 students in the academic year 2022-23.

    “Indian students constitute more than 25% of the over one million foreign students studying in the United States,” said the US Embassy in India in a press release. The number of Indian graduate students rose by 63% to 165,936 students, an increase of nearly 64,000 students, compared to last year, while Indian undergraduate students also increased by 16%, the Embassy added.

Check out the full report >

International Access to More US Institutions ‘Must Improve’

This week, The PIE Live North America conference was held in Boston and several Shorelighters were in attendance. Shelley Landry, senior director of government affairs, participated in the opening panel at the conference; it was a great discussion. Landry noted that the UK, Canada, and Australia each have a form of national recruitment strategy, unlike the US – where stakeholders have long called for one.

  • “By having that national recruitment strategy, they’ve been able to address trends and challenges in real time, adjust their policies on streamlining visa processing and in post-graduation work opportunities, pathways to citizenship and in some cases marry the job gaps with education, with recruitment and education,” she said.

Read more about the panel on The PIE Live >