Argument: The US is becoming more open to foreign students

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  • US State Department. “Foreign Student Enrollment at U.S. Graduate Schools Up in 2005. Study says improved admissions, visa processes ‘clearly producing results'”. November, 7 2005 – “Washington — First-time enrollment of foreign students at U.S. graduate institutions increased 1 percent from 2004 to 2005, following three years of declines, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) reports, citing improved admissions and streamlined visa processes as ‘producing results’ to reverse the trend…U.S. officials have increased efforts to promote the United States as a study-abroad destination, to provide accurate information on the visa process and to dispel rumors that the United States has been closing its doors to students.'[A]nything you might hear about the United States not welcoming Chinese students, or foreign students in general, is simply not true,’ Maura Harty, U.S. assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, told students at Beijing University in March…Harty believes that the twin goals of U.S. visa policy — ‘open doors’ and ‘secure borders’ — are not mutually exclusive and that ‘welcoming legitimate students to our country is an investment in this nation’s future.’…Major findings of the first two stages of the 2005 survey were a 5 percent decline in international graduate applications and a 3 percent increase in international graduate admissions between 2004 and 2005, according to CGS.”
  • EducationUSA – State Department Site – This site provides very useful information to prospective international students in the United States. It supports the claim that the United States government is making an active effort to promote an internationally open university system.
  • Open Doors. “New Enrollment in the U.S. climbs in 2005/06”. November 13, 2006
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators. “Legislation and federal activity. – Cites a moderate level of federal activity in loosening legislation for foreign students and efforts to bolster funding for foreign students coming to the United States.


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