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International student survey shows that 58% still view the US positively following Trump’s win

In a survey of 6,744 prospective international student users of Hotcourses Group sites, 45% answered that they would definitely still consider studying in the US, following the election of Donald Trump and 13% said they were more likely to now consider the US.

The survey results gathered from 11-24 November 2016 and covered by Times Higher Education, show that only 9% will definitely not consider the US, 22% are less likely, while 11% are not sure about their study plans (Fig 1).


The survey asked respondents who were less likely to study in the US which destinations they were now likely to consider, with 38% choosing Canada, followed by Australia (36%), the UK (31%), other European countries (29%), New Zealand (17%), an Asian country (10%) and 7% saying they would study in their home country (Fig 3).

Hotcourses International Editor, Katie Duncan, said: “When broken down by region in Figure 2, we see some interesting findings. For example, among Russian students, 47% said they would still definitely consider the US and only 7% would definitely not consider the US. Educators will also be interested to note that the UK is a popular alternative study destination for Russians, followed by other European countries and Canada.

“On the surface, Middle Eastern students, like Russian students, seem largely undeterred from studying in the US, with 64% determined to study there and only 9% definitely turned off. However, when looking more closely at the results, it shows that of those who were in the balance, only 5% are more likely, whereas 15% are less likely. Comparing this to Russia, a much larger total of 31% say they are more likely to choose the US, which is almost three times more than those less likely (11%).”


Aaron Porter, Hotcourses Director of Insights, added: “In the immediate aftermath of the result, Hotcourses International sites had many anxious international students asking whether they would still be able to study in the US. Since then, their concerns seem to be less panicked and more thought through, which is reflected in the survey results collected over two weeks, which gave students a chance to process the result. Many now seem even more determined to achieve their study ambitions, drawn by the reputation of the American higher education system.

“However, it is still important for US institutions have short and long-term strategies in place to address those students that have been put off coming to the country because they feel unwelcome and are concerned about working rights. As expected, Latin American students are among some of those feeling most aggrieved after Trump’s victory, with only 37% saying they would definitely still consider studying in the US.”



Alternative study destinations outside the US Overall HC Vietnam HC Thailand HC Latin America HC Russia HC Brazil HC Middle East HC Turkey HC China
Australia 36% 41% 34% 30% 18% 43% 27% 23% 14%
Canada 38% 27% 30% 55% 25% 61% 48% 45% 0%
Hong Kong 3% 1% 5% 2% 8% 3% 4% 3% 14%
Malaysia 9% 1% 2% 3% 8% 1% 26% 3% 0%
New Zealand 17% 16% 24% 16% 9% 28% 12% 8% 14%
Singapore 12% 16% 12% 4% 10% 2% 9% 3% 43%
United Kingdom 31% 16% 51% 38% 40% 39% 44% 38% 14%
Other Asian country 10% 10% 14% 7% 9% 7% 8% 5% 29%
Other European country 29% 27% 26% 48% 40% 37% 28% 39% 0%
Other 7% 5% 3% 11% 10% 9% 9% 13% 14%
Stay in home country 7% 3% 13% 22% 17% 14% 13% 16% 29%

Fig. 4


Some international student comments:

“Well, my feeling and thought is that the Africans studying abroad will not be that easy. This was clearly stipulated during the campaigns of the now president elect, Trump.”

“Mr Donald Trump has won because of his attitudes towards the people in usa. I think that he will do the needful for the jobless american people and as an indian lady this is my opinion about his triumph. I wish him all success.”

“The processing of study visa may be delayed for the students from Muslim countries. So we may face problems.”

“I wish as an African student that President Donald Trump does not take into account his election promises. Every time we have already entered globalization, or we must share, communicate together in the same direction for a better world.”




For press enquiries or further information, please contact Katie Duncan directly

Data drawn from across nine Hotcourses international websites: Hotcourses Abroad, Hotcourses Vietnam, Hotcourses Latin America, Hotcourses Brazil, Hotcourses Russia, Hotcourses Middle East, Hotcourses Thailand, Hotcourses Turkey and Hotcourses China.

About the Hotcourses Group

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