Open Doors Report 2019: Significant Increase in the Number of Indian Students Studying in the US

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Indian students hold the second position among the foreign student community by nation in the US, 2.9% increase reported w.r.t the previous year in the number of Indian students taken admission to universities in the US

US Embassy on an event held at the Fulbright House, USIEF New Delhi released the ‘Open Doors Report 2019’. The reports on International Educational Exchange were the key highlights of the event, it said the number of Indian students studying in the US set an all-time high in 2018-19. 202,014 Indian students took admissions to different Universities in the country which accounts for a 2.9% increase than the previous year.

The significant increase is believed to be due to the reports put out by the US tightening the entry norms for foreign nationals under the Trump administration.

Global Student Fraternity in the USA

The number of foreign students studying in the US is more than one million, the count increased 0.05% w.r.t the previous year. International students account for 5.5% of the total higher education student population in the US.

China holds a higher fraction of the International students’ community in the US in 2018-19. Chinese students are in a number of 369,548 this year, this is with 1.7% increase from the previous year. China is followed by India with a significant number of 202,014 students, the increase is higher in Indian fraction among foreign student community with an increase of 5.5% increase than from the previous year.

Students from India and China alone account for more than 50% of the total foreign student community in the US.

South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada tops the list of top five countries sending the most numbers of students to the US, other than India & China, with South Korea sending 52,250 students, Saudi Arabia 37,080 and Canada 26,122 students.

Effects on the US Economy

International Students bought $44.7 billion foreign money to the US economy in 2018, this accounts for an increase of 5.5% than from the previous year. For every seven international students, three U.S. jobs are created and they support around 458,290 jobs in the country. The students also support the economy indirectly by spending in the higher education, accommodation, dining, retail, transportation, telecommunications, and health insurance sectors.

Words From the Authorities

Speaking in the event, Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs said: “We are happy to see the continued growth in the number of international students in the United States and US students studying abroad,”.

“Promoting international student mobility remains a top priority for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and we want even more students in the future to see the United States as the best destination to earn their degrees,” she concluded.

More than 51.6% of students opted courses in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields according to the reports.


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