International Students Less Eager to be in the US

October 16, 2006

Recent focus group research with 550 international undergraduate students in Australia and Britain has found that those who would have preferred study in the US has dropped significantly, from more than half in 2000 to just 15% now. The research was presented at a major education conference in Australia last week. The "fading pro-American sentiment" is most pronounced among Muslim students, or students from countries with substantial Muslim populations. (See http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/10/2006101307n.htm - requires subscription)