Many commentators and analysts agree that COVID-19 had a particularly adverse effect on the United States as an international study destination in 2020. Most recently, the Institute of International Education published a report that showed a 43% decline in international student enrolments to the United States in 2020.
These fears were only exacerbated for students planning to study in the USA by the policies of Donald Trump’s government, and the resulting visa restrictions put in place by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
So what does this mean for higher education institutions in the USA as they look towards 2021? How have the events of 2020 impacted the destination preferences of those students applying to university in 2021?
Our latest infographic gives US international admissions teams a strategic overview of:
- To what extent interest in the USA has changed year on year for the 2021 graduating cohort of BridgeU students, based on their region, country and city of origin.
- Which recruitment markets are seeing an increase in interest in the USA as a study destination.