"We're not experiencing any significant changes," said Daniel Norton, director of international programs at Muskingum College.
If anything, Norton
said the amount of time it takes to complete applications for an international student has increased with the new restrictions put in place after Sept. 11.For instance, students must have a face-to-face interview with the U.S. Consulate office in their country, and it takes time to get that scheduled.
The students must have all their documentation ready, including a letter of acceptance from the host school.Norton
said the college encourages students to schedule their interviews even if they haven't received the letter.If students wait too long, they might not get an interview done in time.
The college has pushed its application process back a little as a result.Norton
said the college used to accept applications until the end of June or early July.But now applications have to be competed by June 1 to give extra time for the visa process.
"I think the perception that there will be more difficulty is more of an issue than the actual reality," Norton
said. Marietta College
, a four-year liberal arts college, has seen a drop in international students.
A major reason for the decline in international student applications, Norton
said, is the aggressive recruiting being done by the United Kingdom and Australia.According to Norton
, two of the countries being targeted are China and India -- countries from where a majority of international students come.
"They have seen a dramatic increase in the past year," he
Most of Marietta's international students come from China.The college has people in the country and even has a program there, making it an easier process.Both Rees-Miller and Norton
said the ability to pay is a big factor for international students seeking a visa.
"We're recruiting students from some well-known families who have no trouble coming up with the funds," she