According to a new survey, a majority of prospective international students said they would less likely consider studying in the United States if Donald Trump was elected president.
During the past 10 years there has been record-breaking numbers of the amount of international students studying in the United States. But during the 68th annual NAFSA conference held in Denver, Colorado last week, a Trump Presidency could change those numbers.
Intead, a global higher education marketing firm and FFPEDUMedia, an organization that coordinates global student-recruitment fairs, published the findings from the survey. About 40,000 prospective international students from 118 countries responded to a survey.
60 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to study in the United States if Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, would ever become President. Only four percent said the same for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
During the Obama administration, international education was a priority, especially with the establishment of 100,000 Strong in Americas, a program to increase exchanges in the Western hemisphere. Also, relationships have been opened once again with Cuba. As for Trump, his extremely conservative views on immigration reform and his controversial statements toward Islam seemed to have caused potential international students to question higher education in the U.S.
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