Is Cost Really the Key Factor in the Decline of New Int’l Enrollments in the US?

After the latest Open Doors report was released, Allan E. Goodman, president & CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), did his level best to spin the statistics by pointing to cost as the overriding factor in the decline of new international enrollments rather than the impact of the Trump Effect.   While the total … Continue reading Is Cost Really the Key Factor in the Decline of New Int’l Enrollments in the US?

May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam

Modest Upward Trend Continues I have some good news for those of you who are involved in the recruitment of US-bound Vietnamese students.  Since this is International Education Week (IEW) in the US, this is a fitting time to upload this post!   Interest in study in the USA among Vietnamese parents and students remains high, … Continue reading May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam

Announcing Capstone’s Spring 2020 StudyUSA & Canada Higher Education Fairs

And now a word from our sponsor...  🙂  I'm pleased to announce Capstone's spring 2020 StudyUSA & Canada Higher Education Fairs, which will take place from 21 February to 1 March in Hanoi, Haiphong, Danang, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).  Please click on the ad on the left or the poster below for … Continue reading Announcing Capstone’s Spring 2020 StudyUSA & Canada Higher Education Fairs

B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

The adjusted refusal rate for B (tourist/business) visas issued to Vietnamese citizens in 2018 was 26.2%, which means the issuance rate was 73.8%. I wish we had access to the same information for F-1 (student) visas broken down by state and even institution and type of institution.   Student visa issuance rates are generally quite a … Continue reading B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018

As US international student recruiters know all too well, these are tough times for most institutions for a variety of social, political, and economic reasons.  Viet Nam, however, remains a bright spot on the recruitment horizon.  As of March 2019, there were 30,684 young Vietnamese studying in the US at all levels, most in higher … Continue reading US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018

Social Media Question on Visa Application: Yet Another Obstacle on the Path to Study in the USA

Yes, the nightmare proposal related to US-bound international student recruitment has become a cold, stark reality.  Check out this 3 June 2019 update from NAFSA:  Association of International Educators or this 1 June 2019 BBC report about the collection of social media information. The "social media" question has been added to the DS-160 form, the … Continue reading Social Media Question on Visa Application: Yet Another Obstacle on the Path to Study in the USA

Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds

For those US colleagues who recruit in Viet Nam, there is some good news in challenging times. According to the latest SEVIS by the Numbers update from March 2019, there are 30,684 Vietnamese students studying in the US at all levels, an increase of 3% over August 2018. Here is my latest update about US-bound … Continue reading Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds