Indian students in United States doubled in last decade

Pauline Gross
November 14, 2017

The 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released on Monday by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has revealed that the number of international students in the United States has increased by three percent over the previous year, and that the number of American students studying overseas has increased by four percent from the previous year.

The roughly 3 percent decline in new foreign students in California and nationally was the first drop the institute has recorded in the 12 years it has collected such data, and the decline appears to be deepening.

Ohio State ranks 17th in the nation with 7,684* global students enrolled in 2016, an 8 percent increase in enrollment from the previous year. While overall fresh enrolment has fallen, the number of worldwide students studying on American campuses has increased.

In New Delhi, Karl Adams, deputy cultural affairs officer at the U.S. embassy, said that though he would not speculate on the reason for the lower numbers, the 12.3% increase in the number of Indian students in the United States was certainly a great number and his country "welcomes" genuine Indian students.

This lands the country in the 25th place as one of the leading places of origin for students coming to the United States for higher education, according to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released by Institute of International Education (IIE) and US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This has led to an overall decline of newly-enrolled worldwide students by almost 10,000 students to about 2,91,000. "Concerns around the travel ban had a lot to do with concerns around personal safety based on a few incidents involving global students, and a generalized concern about whether they're safe", Bhandari told The Times.

The list has been topped by China with 350,755 students followed by India with 186,267 students.

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"The scaling back of large Saudi and Brazil government scholarship programs were a significant factor, as the number of students from those two countries showed the biggest decreases at all levels, including non-degree study", officials said in a press release.

"They're not unreasonable questions", he said. The top states all saw an increase this year. "This may be a good wake-up call for some schools to review their approach".

The colleges cited several factors in declining enrollment, including competition from other countries, the cost of USA higher education, visa delays or denials, and an uncertain US social and political climate, the institute said.

"Actually the main reason (for) this shift is because of the politics", Rawat said. Numbers might also be skewed because some Chinese students are entering the attend high school and then enrolling into college here.

Yet it's too early to determine that there has been a "Trump effect" on enrollment, president of IIE Alan Goodman, told the Washington Post. China dropped out of the top five host countries, as the number of USA students studying there dropped by 9 percent.

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