By Karin Fischer

A weekly newsletter about what matters in global higher education and why. Get insight from a journalist with more than a decade of experience on the changing relationship between American colleges and the world.

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More dialogue edition

A newly reinstated academy advisory group will open more channels between international ed and DHS. Plus, a possible China Initiative dismissal and lessons from a branch-campus flare-up.


Crystal ball edition

The White House releases long-awaited research-security guidance. And what we’re watching for in international education in 2022.


Busy break edition

Student-visa fees could increase under a proposed rule, the State Department gives consular officers greater discretion to assess students’ ties to their home countries, and a guilty verdict in a China Initiative trial.


So long, 2021 edition

A pair of reports warn about research collaboration with China, higher-ed groups in the U.S. and elsewhere issue a joint statement on internationalization, and the latest from D.C. Plus, readers, tell me your predictions for international ed in the new year!


The latest edition

In a busy week for international ed, updates on the latest China Initiative trial, the end of a Trump-era visa rule, a legislative fix for agents, and much more!


Give them refuge edition

To educate refugees, colleges could become their sponsors, a new campaign advocates. Plus, an update on refugee stories from earlier this year.


New reality edition

Challenges ahead as education abroad seeks to rebound from the Covid crisis.


Climate crisis edition

Not long ago, Ailsa Lamont and a handful of colleagues who started CANIE, the Climate Action Network for International Education, were on the outside looking in, trying to focus greater attention on the climate crisis.A week ago, they held a series of virtual…


Open Doors edition

Yes, international educators, 2020 was a horrible, no good, very bad year.International enrollments fell 15 percent in fall 2020, according to the just-released Open Doors report, the largest one-year tumble in the 72 years the Institute of International Educ…


Build Back Better edition

A huge social-spending bill poised to win congressional approval would increase fees for international students while permitting DACA recipients to qualify for federal financial aid.The Build Back Better Act, the cornerstone of the Biden administration’s agen…


Divergent edition

Preliminary fall enrollment data shows two very distinct and divergent trends for international undergraduate and graduate students.International graduate enrollments rebounded sharply post-pandemic, climbing 13 percent after last year’s declines.But the numb…


China in the classroom edition

Campus-speech legislation could extend China’s policing of speech into American classrooms.Florida Gov. Rob DeSantis earlier this year signed a controversial “viewpoint diversity” bill, permitting students to make video or audio recordings of classroom lectur…


Carve-out edition

A pair of bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow American colleges to continue incentive-based student recruitment overseas.The pieces of legislation are largely technical corrections to a recently passed veterans-edu…


English language edition

It’s been a rough few years for English-language programs. Even before Covid-19 struck, enrollments had been in decline. Between 2015, when enrollments hit a high, and 2019, the number of intensive-English students in the United States dropped nearly 44 perce…


Undocumented edition

The Biden administration has released a 200-plus-page proposed rule to try to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that protects undocumented young people brought to the United States as children from deportation and allows them…


Agent ban edition

The Department of Veterans Affairs could be preparing to carry out a provision of a new law that would ban the payment of commissions to agents in international-student recruitment.In a letter to congressional leaders, a coalition of higher-education groups w…


Breaking up edition

When one of the most high-profile and ambitious partnerships in international education abruptly comes undone, it’s inevitable to wonder: What does this mean for colleges and their global engagement?As one observer said to me, “If this can happen to Yale, wha…


Acquittal edition

A federal judge has acquitted a former University of Tennessee professor accused of hiding his ties to China after the espionage case against him crumbled. Federal prosecutors had planned to retry Anming Hu on charges of wire fraud and making false statements…


Escape from Afghanistan edition

For nearly two weeks after Kabul fell under Taliban control, Maryam Khademi checked her phone constantly. Even in the middle of the night, she heeded its slightest vibration. She was waiting for news that she could leave Afghanistan.Maryam feared that living …


Afghan crisis edition

An Afghan student studying abroad fears for the safety of siblings still at home. A university president works to evacuate students from Afghanistan and find them places to study. Higher-education groups raise emergency funds.As the precipitous and tragic cri…