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Meet the New International Student

For the past several years, the story of international education has been one of uneasiness and uncertainty.

The travel ban, shifts in visa policy, a trade war with China, doubts about job prospects, increased competition from other countries, even fear of American gun culture — all have contributed to three years of declines in the number of new international students on American college campuses.

The decreases are all the more jarring for having followed a decade-long international-student boom. That boom relied overwhelmingly on a single country: More than half the growth in students from abroad came from China.

But Chinese enrollments are now essentially flat, and a combination of factors — demographic, economic, political — suggest it’s highly unlikely that American colleges will once again see the same breakneck pace of growth from China. So where will tomorrow’s international students come from?

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