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Minor drop in number of Indians studying in the US

education Updated: Nov 19, 2011 14:27 IST

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India continues to be the second largest source of international students in the US. A reverse growth of sorts is happening too, with the number of American students studying in India growing by a whopping 44.4% from 2690 last year to 3884, according to Open Doors 2011, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

The number of Indian students enrolled in US institutions of higher education in 2010/11 continues to be over 1 lakh at 103,895, but there has been a marginal decline in the number compared to last year (104,897).

“We are extremely pleased that more Americans are showing interest in studying in India. It shows the level of excitement India enjoys among young Americans. I am also very pleased that Indian students continue to show interest in studying in the US. The decline in figures is only marginal and such minor variations do not reflect a drop in overall interest in the US as the preferred destination abroad for Indian students”, said Adam J Grotsky, executive director, United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF).

This year’s Open Doors report shows that the total number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 5% to 723,277 during the 2010/11 academic year. This represents a record high number of international students in the United States. Increased numbers of students from China, particularly at the undergraduate level, largely account for the growth this past year. Chinese student enrollment in the US rose to nearly 158,000 students, or nearly 22% of the total international student population, making China the leading sending country for the second year in a row.

Students from India, the second largest international cohort in the US, decreased by one percent to nearly 104,000. Yet, India, as a destination for US students, increased 44.4%. While slightly declining in numbers, students from India still represent 14% of all international students in US higher education.

South Korea is the third leading place of origin, with more than 73,000 students, increasing by 2% and making up 10% percent of the total.China reign continues
* For 2010-2011, the number of international students in US colleges/universities (723,277) was up 5%
* Chinese student enrolment rose to 158,000 students, nearly 22% of the total international student population, making China the leading student-sending country
* India still represents 14% of all international students in US higher education, making it the number two country
* South Korea is the third leading place of origin, with more than 73,000 students, increasing by 2% and making up 10% of the total