Wall Street Journal reports today the mixed signals sent by foreign applications for the year. Chinese and Middle Eastern applications have increased but those coming from South Korea and India move the other direction. Overall applications for the year rose only 4%, compared to 6% in 2008, 9% in 2007 and 12% in 2006.
The council survey of U.S. institutions, which fielded more than 400,000 applications in all, showed growth of applications from China along with the Middle East and Turkey, up 16% and 20% from 2008, respectively. But applications from India and South Korea fell 9% and 7%, respectively.
One reason cited is definitely financing, but Ursula Oaks, a spokeswoman for the Association of International Educators, further remarked:
There’s concern that international students have about finding jobs in the U.S. economy after they graduate.