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Why Should U.S. Universities Educate International Students?

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The University of Texas at Dallas

Originally published as "Why Should U.S. Universities Educate International Students?" The Dallas Morning News, December 6, 2020.

Why are we allowing international students into our universities and colleges?

Over 1 million international students attend institutions of higher learning in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education. Recent developments, such as the uncertainty in immigration laws, travel bans and new rules that make it more difficult for international students to stay and finish their studies, have led to a noticeable decrease in interest in the U.S. as an educational destination for these students.