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Indians form Second Largest Group of International Students in the US

November 2017, 15
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Based on a report, Indians have recorded a growth of 12.3 percent in 2016 to become the largest group of international students in the US next only to China. They also had contributed 6.5 billion US Dollars to the economy of the country in that year as per the figure revealed by the Department of Commerce.

The Annual Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education says that in the Academic Year 2016-17, 186,267 Indian students, were pursuing their studies, in the US. 

Indian students occupy the second leading position, based on place of origin, that arrive in the US. This forms 17.3 percent of the total international students in the US. 

China has 350,755 students, which was an increase of 6.8 percent. A major part of the Indian students pursues the graduate level. In 2016-17, the composition was: 11.8 percent undergraduate; 56.3 percent graduate students; 1.2 percent other; and 30.7 percent who were pursuing Optional Practical Training.

As per the 2017 Report of Open Doors on International Educational Exchange which was released by the IIE and the Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the number of international students studying in the US witnessed an increase of three percent over 2016-17. The number of American students who pursued their studies abroad registered an increase of four percent from the previous year. 

In 2016-17, the US colleges/universities witnessed the arrival of more than one million international students, which reached 1.08 million a record. 

The Number of new international students who were enrolled in a US institution for the very first instance in fall 2016, declined by three percent to 291,000 from the previous year.

Alyson L Grunder, an official of State for Policy in the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau said that the International student exchange contributed to the national security and economic competitiveness of America. The US higher education segment is the global leader to welcome students from all over the world, and the country is committed to going for increased opportunities for Americans to pursue their studies abroad.

Allan E Goodman, the IIE president stated that countries, as well as multinational employers in the world, were competing in attracting the best talents.  Many countries have agreed to become active in hosting international students and are keen to implement national strategies to focus on them. The competition to gain top international talents in higher education and also in the workforce will become stronger," he added. 

He noted that students were attracted to US colleges/universities, because of the top quality and varied opportunities available here. It was important for institutions in the US, in the future, to set planned goals, and be positive in reaching out to students and families in several countries. The US must keep its doors open for students from all parts of over the world. 

The top countries from where international students arrived in the US were China, followed by India, and the other nations were Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico, Japan, and Brazil. 

The top centers in the US were Indiana, California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio. In 2015-16, The US students preferred to study in the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France. Their number to study in India slumped from 4,438 to 4,181.

Some institutions were concerned about recruiting students from the Middle East and North Africa due to the scholarship program of the Saudi government and concerns about travel ban to the US. 

Two-thirds of international students arriving in the US are from Asian countries, and any shifts in the interest of the students will heavily impact enrolment. The report went on to conclude that the Institutions are prioritizing the outreach of international students and have plans for recruitment in China, Vietnam, and India.

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