More students from India and Brazil are applying to study in the United States while the number of applications from China has dipped, a report released on Monday said.
In 2013, Indian applications to the US graduate schools increased by 20% even as preliminary estimates of international graduate applications for fall 2013 marks a small growth in applications, the lowest 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 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 is the result of the 5% decline in applications from China, which accounts for 29% of international graduate students in the US.
Chinese applicant declines were offset by a 20% increase in applications from India, which accounts for 20% of all international graduate students in the country. Applications from Brazil grew markedly this year - by 24%.
"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."