More students from India and Brazil are applying to study in the United States while the number of applications from China has dipped, according to a report released on Monday.
Indian applications to US graduate schools for 2013 has increased by 20% even as preliminary estimates of international graduate applications for fall 2013 marks the smallest growth in applications over the past eight years.
According to a report of the Council of Graduate Schools(CGS) the number of applications from prospective international students to US graduate schools increased a mere 1% in 2013, following a 9% gain in 2012 and an 11% increase in 2011.
The Council of Graduate Schools(CGS) is an organisation of over 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees.
The reduced growth in overall international applications was primarily the result of the five percent decline in applications from China, the source country of 29% of international graduate students at U.S. institutions.
Chinese applicant declines were offset by a 20% increase in applications from India, which accounts for 20% of all international graduate students at U.S. institutions. Applications from Brazil grew markedly this year, by 24%.
Just over half (52%) of institutions reported an increase in applications over last year with an average increase of 9% at these institutions, while 48% of responding institutions reported a decrease, averaging 7%.
“The overall slowed growth in international applications merits serious attention from policymakers as well as universities,” said CGS President Debra W. Stewart. “While the large increases in applications from India and Brazil are encouraging, the decrease in Chinese applicants needs attention. As a country, we simply can’t afford to maintain obstacles to international graduate study, especially as other countries are decreasing these barriers for highly qualified students.”
The three most popular fields of study—engineering, physical and earth sciences, and business—experienced increases in international applications of 2% to 3%. The arts and humanities and social sciences and psychology, fields in which few international students enroll, saw the largest increases in applications at 4%.