Visas denied, less applications from foreign countries, increase of the international tuition, the International Student Program is facing a decline of students coming to study at De Anza College.
It’s not only happening at De Anza, it is also nationwide, in the last academic year, the United States had a decline of 7,000 international students coming, around 6.6% compared to the previous years, according to the Institute of International Education.
De Anza International Student Program has at least 200 less foreign students, compared to the last years that had 2000 total. Program Supervisor, Joseph Ng thinks it is not only the country administration causing the decline, but the financial problems which take place.
The number one concern of the Bay Area is the cost of living, “it is not only affecting international students, but everyone.” Joseph said.
Many students figure out the cost of living in Silicon Valley after arriving, some end up transferring to community colleges out of state. “I’ve seen a trend of students going to Houston, TX, because it’s cheaper” said Andrea Santa Cruz, an International Student Advisor.
With the cost of living and tuition in the United States being so high, a lot of students are also opting on going to other English speaking countries, such as Canada, Australia and even England.
“Students are able to move around and have other options in other countries,” said Angelica Strongone, Program Coordinator and International Admissions, “one of the things we keep hearing is that students are afraid of when they finish here, to find jobs, other opportunities.”
Besides that, people are blaming the decline of admissions on a called “Trump effect”, which results on people being afraid of coming to the United States. Also many students are having their visas rejected, even from countries that always got them.
“Even when we process the admission, there’s been some students who had their visas denied.” Said Strongone.
Even though, student visa used to be one of the visas that was mostly guaranteed to come to the United States. “Even students coming from countries that always got approved, like China or Japan, now they got their visa denied so they can’t come.” said Santa Cruz, “We can’t help but think that maybe our new administration have something to do with that.”
The restrictions for international students here in the United States is getting more restrict each time, what makes students and families to think twice before applying to schools.
National story: https://www.forbes.com/sites/prestoncooper2/2018/11/16/the-real-reason-international-students-are-fleeing-u-s-colleges-its-not-trump/#100798d47c1c