Markets that have previously been considered easy pickings for institutions keen to maintain a steady level of international students have recently been subject to unpredicted downturns, while new opportunities are emerging in unexpected areas such as Indonesia and Iran.
As recently as 2015/16, Saudi Arabia was the third largest market for US institutions hoping to attract international students to their schools, yet by the fall semester of 2016, the number of Saudi student visas had dropped by almost 20 percent. A tightening of the Saudi government’s budget has been felt by those issuing scholarships for its students to travel abroad. Coupled with policy changes aimed at ensuring this money is spent only on high-ranking institutions and courses, it is now a far tougher job for universities to convince Saudi students to apply.
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