Record Number Of Indian Students Enrolling In US Colleges
India-West News Desk
WASHINGTON, DC – After a slump during the pandemic, international students have returned in huge numbers to US colleges, with Indian students leading the surge.
Colleges enrolled nearly 269,000 students from India, more than ever and second only to China – most, are in graduate programs, in science, technology, and business. This amounts to a 35 per cent jump in students coming from India, according to findings from the State Department and the nonprofit Institute of International Education.
“The US maintains a strong relationship with India on education, which I think is getting even stronger and even more connected,” said Marianne Craven, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary for academic exchange.
Overall, the number of international students in the US grew by 12 per cent in the 2022-23 academic year, the largest single-year increase in more than 40 years, the study showed. More than 1 million students came from abroad, the most since the 2019-20 school year.
“This reinforces that the US remains the destination of choice for international students wishing to study abroad, as it has been for more than a century,” said Allan E Goodman, CEO of the Institute of International Education.
China still accounted for the most foreign students in the US but its numbers decreased for a third consecutive year. After years of booming demand from China, interest has ebbed amid chilly international relations.
US universities have focused on recruiting in India, hoping to tap a growing population that the United Nations predicted would overtake China as the world’s largest this year. Students from India now outnumber those from China in 24 US states, including Illinois, Texas, and Michigan, which rank among the top destinations for international students.