Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

No. of Indian students in US increases by 12.3 %

No. of Indian students in US increases by 12.3 %

The annual 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released today shows a 3 percent drop in the number of international students attending US colleges for the 2016-17 school year, with a potential 7 percent drop in 2017-18.

Indian students accounted for 17.3% of the total foreign students in the USA in 2016-17. The state's fall 2015 enrollment was a 5.6 percent increase from the prior year.

The top places of origin for global students studying in the United States were China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. Further, the number of Indian students in the USA has doubled over the last 10 years and India is the second leading place of origin for students coming to the United States, comprising 17.3% of all worldwide students.

The University of Cincinnati ranked second in the state with 4,013 foreign students.

Report also stated that the number of worldwide students in the United States increased by 3 % over the prior year, and the number of American students studying overseas increased by 4% percent from the prior year. Almost 500 college and university officials reported the overall number of enrolled students was flattening, with an average decrease of 7 percent in the number of newly enrolled worldwide students for 2017-18. The number of new worldwide students, however, fell by almost 10,000 to about 291,000 last school year.

US colleges seek foreign students to bolster enrollment and their budgets, for those students generally pay full tuition and fees. "As more countries become active hosts of worldwide students and implement national strategies to attract them, the competition for top global talent in higher education and the workforce will only intensify".

Students from China and India made up almost half of all worldwide students a year ago, reaching a combined 530,000.

The largest enrollment growth was from global students who have graduated but remain classified as students at universities with student visas while working under the optional practical training program. This also marks the 11th consecutive year of continued expansion of the total number of worldwide students in US higher education. "There's a lot that institutions and others can be doing to still turn this around". The majority of Indian students (56%) in the U.S. are studying at the graduate level.

No one factor led to the decline in new students, Goodman said during a phone conference with reporters last week.

That downturn took place before the presidential election and can be blamed on factors including the rising cost of tuition in the US, growing competition from schools in other countries, and political factors outside the United States, the institute's leaders said.

According to the report, institutions express concerns about recruiting students from the Middle East and North Africa (76 per cent) likely due to adjustments in the Saudi Arabian governmentÂ's scholarship programme and potential concerns about travel restrictions to the US.

Over half (52 percent) of institutions report that they are anxious that the perceptions of prospective worldwide students will be impacted, and that the current USA social and political climate could be a deterrent to US study, the institute said. Brazil saw a 32 percent drop in total students enrolled in US colleges and Saudi Arabia saw a 14 percent drop in total students attending USA institutions.

"International student exchange is an essential contributor to America's economic competitiveness and national security".

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