Chinese student enrollment in a number of U.S. universities has declined by 20% and higher, according to a recent report by PBS NewsHour.
Economic tensions between the U.S. and China, ranging from the trade war to accusations of intellectual property theft, are a factor behind the drop. “The concern is a Chinese student just will not feel welcome in the United States and will be met with animosity and skepticism about why they are in the United States,” explained Brad Farnsworth, the vice president of the American Council on Education.
Social issues, including fears of gun violence and concerns about the visa process, were among the other concerns raised by prospective students and their parents. Improvements to China’s higher education system were cited as yet another reason for the decline.