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"After a decade of booming enrollment by students from China, American universities are starting to see steep declines as political tensions between the two countries cut into a major source of tuition revenue," AP reports.
Why it's happening: The U.S trade war with China and concerns about national security risks "appear to be accelerating a trend that's also driven by growing international competition, visa complications and the development of China's own higher education system," writes AP.
- Several universities have reported drops of one-fifth or more this fall in the number of new students from China.
- To adapt, some schools are stepping up recruiting in other parts of the world.
- Foreign students contribute about $39 billion to the U.S. economy and are often sought after by universities because they don't rely on financial aid.
The big picture: The decline in Chinese students studying in the U.S. is reflective of a larger trend among international students opting to go elsewhere for their studies, a trend also reflected among top business schools.
How some schools are responding:
- The University of Illinois took out a $60 million insurance policy if enrollment of Chinese students dropped by 20% or more in their colleges of engineering or business.
- Leigh University hired a recruiter to bring in more students from India after applications from China fell by 6% this fall.