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Foreign student numbers in US rebounding from historic drop

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Fall of 15 per cent in pandemic-hit 2020 partly recovered by 4 per cent rebound

International student numbers in the United States have begun to rebound from their fall in 2020, which was the largest recorded since at least the 1960s and came during a year in which international travel was severely curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The total number of international students enrolled in the US in the autumn of 2021 was up 4 per cent on the previous year, the annual International Student Enrollment Snapshot from the Institute of International Education (IIE) reported this month, based on a survey of 864 higher education institutions.

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