THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Although the number of international students hosted by the United States remains above one million, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) participants, the overall number of international students decreased by 1.8 percent and new enrollment declined by 0.6 percent during the 2019-2020 academic year. According to the report, international students still represent 5.5 percent of all students in higher education and contributed $44 billion to the U.S. economy in 2019. To read the report, visit https://bit.ly/32Xz8Il. To learn more about Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/
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