Now, things are even more difficult. At present, Stanford intends to shock which students are on campus every six months to keep their social distance. First-year students will attend college in the fall and summer – which means Fang will be studying remotely for a semester and will have to leave the United States for that period.
Now, Fang weighs in if he wants to pay about $ 60,000 a year to study in China. If he does, he will not have all the unplanned interactions and conversations that are usually accompanied by school experience.
Living with uncertainty
At the moment, 29-year-old Chinese national Chen Na is not affected by Monday’s changes.
At New York University (NYU), where Chen reaches half his two-year master’s degree, her courses will be a combination of online and offline when the fall begins.
“I can’t stop thinking about it,” he said. “I just feel powerless and vulnerable. I will try my best to stay here legally.”
If the courses only go online, transferring to another university will not be an option – few other schools offer the Chen Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Instead, he should try to return to China, which would be expensive.
When Chen heard the change of the rules for the first time, she felt aware that there were many other policies that made things more difficult for international students.
“We don’t have much power here and sometimes we sacrifice ourselves for all these political games,” Chen said. “I really know my foreign regime here, I know I’m a foreigner. I don’t necessarily see a growing hostility from other people, but I feel like politics, it’s crushing us.”
The difficulty at home
It may be more difficult for some students to get home than others.
Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, says a student may not be able to host at all.
“The biggest problem is that some of these countries have travel restrictions and can’t go home, so what do they do then?” she added. “It’s a riddle for many students.”
Maitri Parsana, who has just completed her third year of biological sciences at Buffalo University in New York, does not know how she will return to India if she is forced to leave.
The university told her it would offer hybrid courses, but the 22-year-old from Gujarat did not yet know if her specific courses would be online or offline.
Parsana says there are no flights to India, but hopes her government will arrange flights for latent students to return home.
“I am just scared, I really don’t know what to do. I was already anxious about my school and now I have to emphasize one more thing, “he said, adding that the United States seems to be focusing on international students rather than tackling real problems such as the pandemic.
“We just feel like we’re leaving this country for no reason.”
Effects on businesses
It’s not just students who can be hurt by Monday’s decision. It could also affect the US economy.
If students are forced to leave the country, they may not be willing to continue to pay tuition for distance learning from a different time zone.
Nicholas Henderson, co-founder and director of Essai Education, a Delhi-based institute for test preparation and counseling for Indian students seeking to study in the United States, said regulations could push colleges to change their policies to hybrid models. for example, to help people stay.
“I think what Covid has shown is that universities are willing to work with students,” he said.
However, there is a risk that US policies will discourage prospective students from choosing to study in the United States.
When Parsana first came to the United States, she planned to try to settle there. Now, he says he does not want to live in the United States. and will encourage students who want to study abroad to consider another country, such as Australia or Canada.
“I don’t know what he is trying to do (the US government) to do because their economy will go to ashes if they do that,” Parsana said. “If they continue to make such rules, not many people will come here for their education.”
Effects on career
If international students are sent home early, their education alone will not be affected. Students could end up losing job opportunities – often one of the reasons they chose to study in the United States.
A 24-year-old South Korean university student says he feels “disappointed” that he could lose the plan due to Monday’s policy change. CNN has agreed not to use its real name because of concerns about privacy.
He only has one semester of his degree and when he enrolled in his courses, they were all offline. Now, they have changed to online courses and it looks like they will either have to go home or move to another university for the last six months.
“I have no idea what’s going on,” he said. “I just renewed my contract.”
If he goes home, he will not qualify for temporary employment – and if he wants to work in the US, he will probably have to find a company to support his visa.
“I’m so disappointed,” he said. “I just want to find some opportunities to at least compete.”
Chen faces a similar situation. Prior to the pandemic, he planned to stay in the United States and find work after graduating in 2021. But now, Chen weighs whether the United States is the best place to be.
“I wonder if it’s really worth it to go through all this … instead of finding a country that values me more,” he said.
CNN’s Esha Mitra contributed to this story from New Delhi.