International Students: Why US Colleges & Universities Need Them

09 Aug, 2021


For years, the US has been one of the world’s top destinations for higher education, welcoming students from all over the world; it has been argued that the US-particular version of higher education, “Liberal Arts,” is one of the country’s finest “products,” and international demand would support this claim.

The attraction of US colleges and Universities means a significant influx of students and funds  ($44.7 billion in 2018—see article) into the US economy, all of which leads to increased employment and the financial health of the education sector; needless to say, COVID 19 has thrown a monkey wrench in all of this, what with schools going online, students deferring admission in hopes of later being able to partake of education in-person, and many families being forced to reconsider the high cost of colleges of choice.

Additionally, travel restrictions have meant that international student access to US institutions has been more difficult, and this is now combined with a backlog of visa requests.  With many visa offices closed for at least part of the pandemic, the processing of requests was delayed and has not yet caught up.  As a result, many colleges and universities enter another school year with concern over both the financial and cultural loss to their institutions if international students cannot attend.

This 2020 article provides an overview of the contributions of international students to the US economy; and this August 9 article published in the English Times Higher Education provides the latest on US visa issues for students.



Having spent the first twelve years of her life overseas, and with an education spanning five different systems from Ireland to New York, Elizabeth Sawyer is no stranger to international schooling. Following the completion of her MA at Villanova University, Elizabeth spent the first 15 years of her career teaching English, French, and Spanish at private high schools in the US, a path that would later inform her role as an Education Consultant for Bennett Educational Resources. In 2009, after Bennett acquired School Choice International, Elizabeth became the CEO of what is now Bennett International Education Consultancy, a firm providing advice and support to relocating families across the globe. Today, in addition to leading a network of over 70 trusted consultants who provide expert counsel on best-fit schools for relocating children, Elizabeth is a frequent speaker on education and relocation and has presented at numerous venues worldwide.

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