The IIE report shows a rebound among international students in the United States

According to a new report from the International Education Institute, international students are returning to the U.S. campus in large numbers after the COVID-19 limited student mobility challenge over the past two years.

Although only 8 percent of U.S. campuses reported that all international students attended private classes in the spring of 2021, their number rose to 55 percent this spring, the report said. Additionally, the IIE found that international students’ interest in US colleges was growing, with a survey of 65 percent of institutions reporting an increase in applications over the previous year.

The epidemic also saw an increase in the number of U.S. students studying abroad after the closure of many such programs in 2020 and 2021 or the creation of logistical challenges that made travel more difficult. According to the IIE report, based on a survey of member organizations, 58 percent of reporting organizations are offering study programs abroad this summer, with 65 percent planning to do it in the fall and 64 percent planning to do it in the spring of 2023.

Institute officials point out that 83 percent of respondents report an increase in the number of studies abroad for 2022 and 2023, and 81 percent require a COVID-19 vaccine to participate in such programs due to requirements determined by campus, study abroad or destination.

The IIE also found that 248 U.S. colleges, or 44 percent of respondents, hosted international students from Ukraine in 2022 and supported students in various ways as their country continued to fight the war waged by Russia. Another 307 institutions, or 55 percent of respondents, reported hosting Russian students. IIE reports that the colleges provide various support services to Ukrainian and Russian students, such as mental health counseling, emergency student funding and accommodation.

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