Indian students opting for US increase by 5.4%

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 13, 2018 Published on November 13, 2018

As many as 211,703 Indian students are currently studying in various American universities. Image for representational purpose.   -  Getty Images/iStock Photo

Unconventional courses gaining popularity

As many as 1.97 lakh Indian students went to the US for higher education in 2017-18 against 1.86 lakh in 2016-17, an increase of over 5 per cent, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US.

The ‘2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange’ mentioned that around 73 per cent of students from India are enrolled in math/computer science and Engineering. On the other hand, management and physical science constitute 10 per cent and 8 per cent respectively. Interestingly, some unconventional courses like geophysics, marine engineering, game design and development are also gaining popularity among international students.

“The flexibility in our education system allows us to come up with the new kinds of programmes. And, when we see the growing demand for them then we also upgrade it,” said Karl Adam, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer , US Embassy.

According to the report, New York, California, Illinois, Texas and Massachusetts are the top five receiving states for Indian students. “Expanding access to opportunity through international education helps us build stronger ties across the world,” said Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of IIE. He added, international students have more choices than ever before on where to pursue higher education.

Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has conducted an annual statistical survey on international students in the US since 1919.

Published on November 13, 2018
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