Over two lakh Indians studying in American universities: Report


WASHINGTON: As many as 2,06,582 Indians are currently enrolled in American universities and institutes of higher education, registering a growth of over 14 per cent, with most of them studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) courses, according to new official figures.

In its latest report released on Thursday, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said, as of November 2016, there were 1.23 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying at 8,697 schools in the US.

China tops the list with 3,78,986 students registering a growth of 5.2 per cent since November 2015, the report said.

China is followed by India with 2,06,582 students, but its growth rate of 14.1 per cent is much more than that of China.

Among other Asian countries, Saudi Arabia has shown a high growth rate of nearly 20 per cent students enrolment. It has 62,077 students in the US.

In the last one year, the international student population increased 2.9 per cent compared to November 2015, but the number of certified schools decreased one per cent during the same time frame.

California, New York and Texas had the highest foreign students enrolment in the US, with the largest number of students in the states coming from China, India and South Korea. International students in these states chose to major in business and engineering more than any other field.

India ranks second after China and California and New York, but is at the top slot of international students in Texas.

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