American Higher Education Becomes More Attractive to International Students and Global Talent

International students who graduate with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may now participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT) for a longer duration, according to the recent rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The rule is expected to make American higher education more attractive to international students. “The recent changes allay the fears of many prospective and current international students and reinforces the notion that the U.S. is still a place that values STEM talent globally”, says Raymond Lutzky, Senior Director, Graduate Enrollment Management and Admissions at Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, with nearly 2,500 graduate students who may be STEM-extension eligible.

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