Record 25% rise in number of Indian students in US
The number of international students in the US have crossed the one-million mark-registering an increase of 7% than previous year with almost 25% Indians among them. The percentage of Indian students in the US is the highest among the top 25 places of origin for scholars in America.
According to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, there are 165,918 students from India, making it the second leading country of origin among international students in the US after the Chinese.
Approximately three-fifths of Indian students are at the graduate level and three-fourths are in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
The main factor behind the rise in the number of Indian students in America is that these students pursue their studies partly in the Indian institution and partly in the American university. In terms of cost of education, even at a conservative estimate of Rs 20 lakh per annum, Indian students are collectively spending a whopping Rs 33,000-crore on their American degrees annually.
The college tuition fee varies between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 25 lakh per annum in the US universities depending on the course and the college. The cost of living and other expenses add up to Rs 10 lakh a year.
This strong growth confirms that the US remains the destination of choice in higher education. The US consulate general in Hyderabad issued the largest number of student visas in India, more than any of the consulates and the embassy.
The Open Doors Reports says that the 1 million foreign students account for 5% of America’s student population and India accounts for one out of every six international students in the United States.
Students from the three leading source countries – China, India and Saudi Arabia account for about 53% of the international students. International students from Nepal have witnessed an 18.4% increase in the US.