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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Goodbye, China Initiative edition

The Biden administration halted the controversial investigation of academics’ China ties, but that’s not the end of the story. Plus, higher education and the Ukraine crisis.


Need blind edition

A college pledges to go need-blind for international students. Plus, a new partnership for latitude(s) and meet me at AIEA.


Fulbright edition

A House bill would restore the Fulbright Program in China and Hong Kong, big drops in international scholars in the U.S., and what a recent firestorm says about international students and campus free speech.


STEM pathways edition

Amendments to a research-competition bill would expand benefits for more international students, the Afghan Fulbright program has been canceled, and there are mixed signals on the China Initiative.


COMPETES edition

Legislation fast-tracked in the U.S. House would exempt STEM Ph.D. graduates from green-card caps. It would also toughen international research disclosures, expand foreign-language study, and establish a U.S. alternative to Confucius Institutes.


STEM OPT edition

The Biden administration announces policy changes to allow more international students to work longer after graduation to ensure the U.S. remains a hub for global talent. And a China Initiative case was dropped against a prominent professor — now he wants an …


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…