Brian A. Swanson & Huan Wang & Jeremy Hughes

Impact of Covid-19, Economic, Racial and Political Tensions on Chinese Student Pursuit of Education in US

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Volume V 2021, No 1, Pages: 46- 68
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24193/JRHE.2021.1.2
Brian A. Swanson, Global Professor for University of Arizona at China Ocean University, e-mail: baswanson2@fhsu.edu
Huan Wang, Sias International University, Jeremy Hughes, Fort Hays State University

Abstract: Chinese international students account for a significant portion of the US higher education system. This impact is amplified by the fact that many of these students are paying higher out-of-state tuition fees, that many universities rely on to meet their pecuniary needs. This past year has seen significant changes in the area of China-US relations which could jeopardize the prior model used by US universities. This article examines four of the current key political issues affecting the China-US relationship and measures the extent Chinese students are influenced by these factors when deciding to pursue higher education in the US. The four factors analyzed are the US Covid-19 situation, the US-China trade war, the social upheaval associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, and the most recent political tensions between the US and China. Key findings indicate that only about half as many students are willing to consider studying in the US and that Covid-19 seems to be the most influential factor in most students’ reasoning.

Keywords: Higher Education, Chinese students, US universities, Covid-19, Chinese perceptions of US

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