A combination of travel bans and immigration restrictions imposed by the Trump administration in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic is making it unlikely that international faculty and students will be able travel to the United States in time for the start of the fall semester.
Elections for the Undergraduate Government of Boston College’s Senate, previously known as the Student Assembly (SA), will be held on Thursday.
UGBC unanimously voted to pass a resolution to its constitution that converts two of its pre-existing seats into seats for international and transfer students.
A variety of factors have contributed to the growth of the international student population on campus, including significant growth in the representation of students from countries in Asia, who constitute 65 percent of the total.
This year, Boston College had 62 international faculty and research scholars in the country on H-1B visas.
Many international students have a difficult time balancing paying tuition, working a job, dealing with family responsibilities, and focusing on academics.