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How Will Trump Administration Affect International Student Enrollment?

The view along Green Street in Campustown.

Several new buildings that mostly house foreign students have sprung up in the past few years, bringing change to the Urbana-Champaign skyline. David Kidd/Governing Magazine

One way the University of Illinois has been able to survive uncertain state funding over the past several years is by increasing international enrollment.

International students at the U of I pay a tuition rate more than twice as high as in-state students, and international student enrollment at Illinois has gone from about 5,000 students a decade ago, to more than 12,000 students today.

But there’s concern across the country that international student enrollment could drop with new attitudes and policy regarding immigration in the Trump administration. 

Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Governing Magazine staff writer Alan Greenblatt about his recent article on the subject.  Greenblatt says international enrollment at American universities has skyrocketed over the last decade.

You can read Greenblatt's article at the Governing Magazine website.  He also discussed why international students find American universities so attractive, and how Japan could serve as a cautionary tale. You can listen below.