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What made the percentage of enrolled Indian students go up in the US?

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BY UITV, NOV 16 - The number of Indian students studying in the US soared by 25% to a record high, figures from 2015-2016 show.

The 2016 Open Doors data says Indian students contribute more than $5.5bn (that’s staggering) to the American economy.

It comes against the backdrop of a steep decline in Indian students opting for the UK, with one estimate citing a 50% drop in four years.

Certainly, the UK visa policy has not been comfortable for Indians students to go out and study in UK universities.

The recent visit of PM Theresa May of Britain to India, did raise speculations on the difficulties faced by the Indian students studying back in UK. And the visa hassle that they go through

She went back home from India promising that the visa rule will be amended and students and working professionals will get the approval of Visa within a single day.

She went back to Britain and no such promises were delivered. The Christian part in the UK went on in sarcastically comment her visit to India as “A 3-day holiday”

This derives a basic reason why Indians are choosing UK as their next Study destination.

While the growth in the number of Indians has been phenomenal in recent years—25% in 2016 over last year—China is still the most represented foreign country at American colleges. The total number of international students in the US crossed one million in 2016 for the first time, the data showed.

Students from India, china and Saudi Arabia account for more than half of million plus population of foreign students in the US.

But India’s rate of growth of population will change that in the years to come, surpassing china, which is no.1 right now.

"With the stabilizing of the rupee against the dollar over the past couple of years, Indian students who had put their plans on hold were then able to come to the US," Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice-president for research and evaluation at IIE, told the Mint newspaper.

Mostly the Indian students go to the US to study engineering, math or computer science. Out of Indian student diaspora, 11.6% of students are studying UG course.

61.4% were studying a graduate program and 25.5% were working under the optional practical training, that allows foreign students to stay in the US after one year of graduation.

The number of Indian students going to the UK has fallen sharply from over 18,500 in 2010-11 to around 11,000 largely due to tough visa rules of Britain and India’s refusal to treat UK’s one-year master’s degree courses on par with two-year post-graduate degrees back home.


Overall, the US hosted some 1,043,839 foreign students in 2015-16.

While India contributed 15.9% to this number, China’s tally stood at 31.5%, sending 328,547 students to the US.

  • California (149,328 foreign students)
  • New York (114,316)
  • Texas (82,184 foreign students)


These are the three leading states chosen by international students.

Similarly, the top three academic institutions which are most preferred by Indian students for the academic year 2015-16 are:

  • New York University (15,543 foreign students)
  • University of Southern California Los Angeles (13,340)
  • Arizona State University in Tempe (12,751)


The breakdown of students studying in the US is as follows. Most of them are into STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field



With the US preparing for a new government under Donald Trump, policies on work visas following graduation may change and that could drive decisions of prospective students. President-elect Trump is expected to introduce stringent rules for the H-1B visa that lets foreign nationals work in the US for at least six years. This is the most common category of visas applied for by Indian students after they complete OPT.  

Hyderabad in India, has accounted the highest number of student been sent to US. It went past Bangalore which had topped in the previous academic year of 2015.

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