USA is lagging behind Britain as foreign Student destination article : According to the report, the US increased its international-student enrolment by 17 per cent from the 1999-2000 academic year to 2004-05, compared with gains of 29 per cent in Britain, 42 per cent in Australia, 46 per cent in Germany, 81 per cent in France and 108 per cent in Japan. Some observers claim the reason for the slow pace of growth is due to the perception that the US is unwelcoming to international students. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US State Department imposed tougher standards on foreign students seeking visas to study in the US, which made visa processing times slow to a crawl.


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