Indian students continue to be second leading community among international students in United States, with a rise of 12% this year, says the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange by Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released on Monday.
The report shows that the number of Indian students in the United States has, once again, risen to a record level, to over 186,000 – the fourth year in a row to see double-digit growth. This is an increase of 21,000 over last year, one of the highest growth rates in the world. Further, the number of Indian students in the US has doubled over the last 10 years and India is the second leading place of origin for students coming to the US, comprising 17.3% of all international students. The majority of Indian students (56%) in the US are studying at the graduate level.
Report also stated that the number of international students in the United States increased by 3 % over the prior year, and the number of American students studying abroad increased by 4% percent from the prior year.
On the release of the report, Karl M Adam, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Embassy stated, “American universities provide unparalleled access to instructors, and provide a wide variety of internship and research opportunities. The American higher education system introduces international students to networks and contacts that provide benefits and advantages over a lifetime. We strongly support educational exchanges because of the shared benefits”.
The top places of origin for international students studying in the United States were China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. The top host states were California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Each of these states saw increases in international students in 2016-17.
In 2016-17, for the second consecutive year, US colleges and universities hosted more than one million international students, reaching a record high of 1.08 million. This also marks the eleventh consecutive year of continued expansion of the total number of international students in US higher education.
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