- November 17, 2017
- Posted by: Sunsea International College
- Category: Latest News
Nov 14, 2017 | 10:05 IST
Sources : Times Now
Mumbai: Every year, lakhs of Indian students travel to Unites States of America for their higher studies. Over the past few years, the trend has seen a rapid growth rate of 25 to 30 percent. However, this year, the growth rate of Indian students opting for USA as their study abroad destination has dipped to half, says a survey. As reported by TOI, the Open Doors survey conducted by the Institute of International Education has stated that this year the percentage increase in enrollments for Indian students in US Universities has halved. Last year, the number had seen a 25 percent increase. The same growth percentage, this year, however is at a 12.3 percent.
On a whole, the number of global or international student enrollments in US universites has seen a dip. India, however, continues to be one of the top countries that account for international students in USA and maintains a positive growth rate – even though lower than previous years. As per the numbers shared, Indian student population in USA is at 1.86 lakh. The growth is seen primarily in the graduate level courses with students choosing to opt for the Optional Practical Training or OPT for 12 months.
The figure also states that 22,000 Indian students are ni the undergraduate level (a growth percentage of 13.9% pver previous year). The largest number continues to be at the masters level with 1.05 lakh graduate students and another 57,312 doing OPT. The rest are enrolled in non-degree courses – which has seen a decline in about 7.3 percent. India and China continue to be top exporters of students to USA. The survey states that Indian and Chinese students form about 50 percent of all international student community in USA.
The report also shared some interesting numbers regarding the distribution of these students within the US varsities. As per the statistics shared, only about 1/5th of the total international students study in the top 20 US Universities. Also, Indians contributes to 17% of total earnings of US universities from overseas students. And, even though the numbers have dipped, India has seen the highest growth rate among the top 10 countries or origin of foreign students in US.
US consul general Edgard Kagan was happy with the number. In his interaction with TOI he states that the number of 12.3 percent growth was still good, though much lower than the previous figure of 29 percent. He also stated that he has kept hearing that the numbers would be low this year and the growth rate is still ‘pretty good’. He however shared that he would want the numbers to be higher.
Study Abroad Consultants have shared that the dip in numbers has been due to more than one factor. While the popularity of US universities continue to be a steady reckoner, initiatives from other countries to attract Indian students have paid dividend. Though the number is still small, many Indian students are now looking at European Countries. Canada, always among the Top 3 choices for study abroad, has also seen a rapid increase and gained favors with the Indian students. The changing economical and political environment in USA, shared a consultant on terms of anonymity, has been one of the top concerns with Indian students planning to study abroad.