The rate of international students applying to graduate schools in the United States has slowed to its lowest level in eight years, according to a report from the Council of Graduate Schools.
The number of international students applying to graduate schools increased by only one percent this year. In 2012, there was a nine percent increase, and in 2011, there was an 11 percent increase in international applications.
The report said this is because of a five percent decline in applications from China.
China is the home of one-third of the international graduate students in the United States.
In China, the graduate enrollment among students increased 22 percent from 2011 to 2012. This is the seventh year China’s graduate enrollment has increased.
Fields of study, such as education or life sciences, have declined. Engineering, physical and earth sciences and business showed growth. Along with the declining interest in fields of study, a growing number of students are no longer applying to private universities. For the fall of 2012, the number of students applying to public universities increased.