21st Century International Higher Education Hotspots

International Student Mobility Growth in Non-Traditional Destination Countries

Keywords: hotspot destinations, international education hub, international student mobility


The Institute of International Education (IIE) 2018 Open Doors report highlighted that the United States is the leading international education destination, having hosted about 1.1 million international students in 2017 (IIE, 2018a). Despite year over year increases, U.S. Department of State (USDOS, 2018) data show that for a third year in a row, international student visa issuance is down. This is not the first decline. Student visa issuance for long-term academic students on F visas also significantly dropped following the 9/11 attacks (Johnson, 2018). The fall in issuances recovered within 5 years of 2001 and continued to steadily increase until the drop in 2016.


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Author Biography

Karin Johnson , University of California Riverside, USA

Karin A. C. Johnson is a political economist specializing in international migration, higher education, and policy. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California Riverside.


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How to Cite
Johnson , K. (2020). 21st Century International Higher Education Hotspots. Journal of International Students, 10(1), v-viii. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v10i1.1851
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