Total international students in the US for the 2019–20 academic year, down 1.8% from the previous year. This was the first decrease in total enrollment in at least a decade.
Proportion of all students at US institutions who are international students
Decrease in total international student enrollment in fall 2020 from enrollment for the 2019–20 academic year
Institutions that reported that some international students deferred admission for fall 2020
Sources: Institute of International Education, Open Doors “2020 Fast Facts” and Fall 2020 International Student Enrollment Snapshot.
Note: Numbers are from 2,900 institutions included in the annual Open Doors report except for fall 2020 numbers, which are from the Fall 2020 International Student Enrollment Snapshot survey of 700 institutions.
a Optional practical training is a visa extension of up to 3 years for additional training related to a student’s degree.