According to this article, the number of foreign students applying to US universities dropped by five percent this year. For Chinese students the figure was even higher:
But the CGS said challenges remain. Applications from the two largest source countries, China and India, are down 13 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Students from those countries are increasingly being lured by stronger domestic programs or by programs in Europe and Australia that are recruiting aggressively.
The article mentions that one of the reasons fewer students are applying to schools in the US is that it is so difficult to get a visa.
I, for one, am sad to hear that less foreign students are going to the US. Some of my best friends at university were from foreign countries, and I think that foreign students bring so much to the United States.
*The “less” should actually read “fewer”. For more information, see the comments. 🙂