The ELT sector in the US was given a strong pat on the back from the State Department's Carolina Casagrande at the EnglishUSA conference - stakeholders said they felt emboldened that the government is showing its support.
In a survey of its members, English USA found nearly 80% of the IEPs that responded had seen a decline in their 2016 spring enrolments compared to the year before. Only 10% said they had more springtime enrolments in 2016.
We have this fine line as an organisation with a mission to balance national security but also provide the opportunity for legitimate students to come to the United States and attend legitimate schools. It’s a fine line.
US Intensive English Programs have learnt that their sector likely grew last year in terms of student numbers and weeks. According to preliminary data from IIE released at NAFSA 2013, a 10% incline for 2012 was experienced, with Saudi Arabia the most important student market followed by China and South Korea.
EnglishUSA held its 5th Annual Professional Development Workshop in San Francisco last month - and used the occasion to host a live conference call with SEVP officials to further clarify the sector's understanding of what have been policy "grey areas".
Foreign enrolments at US universities grew 6% to 764,495 this year, according to the latest Open Doors report, bringing an estimated $21.81 billion to the economy. It was driven by a big rise in interest from China and Saudi Arabia, as well as in English programmes as a route to university. The number of Americans studying abroad was also up.