Two years ago the total number of enrolled international students in the U.S. fell for the first time since 2005, costing the U.S. $1.8 billion and the potential for new jobs stemming from scientific collaborations. David L. Di Maria, an international education expert and administrator at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, blames that downward trend on travel bans and other restrictions that made the U.S. a less welcoming place under Former President Donald Trump. With the election of President Joe Biden, Di Maria sees a renewed sense of optimism for the U.S. to regain the luster as an attractive study destination that was lost over the past few years.

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