Australia's international education sector has often feared what would happen if the American giant woke up and wanted more international students. And now it does. For the first time in more than a decade, senior US college administrators are talking seriously about their need to recruit international students. In some US states, colleges have historically been discouraged from enrolling large numbers of international students, but that is now changing. The desire of US colleges to attract more students is not of itself cause for alarm. But the surge in demand for American higher education, combined with the urgent hunger of US institutions to attract international students, is concerning. And to a degree, we Australians only have ourselves to blame. At exactly the time the US college sector is beginning to stir, Australia is shrinking into itself.