US Universities Witness 32 Per cent Increase in Indian Students
Since 2014

Almost 150,000 Indian students are studying in universities and colleges in the US.

Washington, United States: There has been a 32 per cent increase in the number of students from India to universities and colleges in the US, compared to last year, according to the latest official figures released. The number of Indian students going overseas for suited has witnessed a nine per cent jump over last year as well.

This has been stated in "SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international students studying in the US, released by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is part of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The report also mentions that 76 per cent of all international students are from Asia.

The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students included China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico and Brazil.

India and Vietnam had the greatest percentage increase in students studying in the US at 31.9 and 25.9 per cent respectively when compared to last year's statistics extracted from SEVIS.

"24 per cent of all F & M students studying at schools in the state of Texas are from India, followed by 17 per cent from China," SEVP said.

China with about 300,000 has the maximum number of international students in the US, followed by India with nearly 150,000.

The University of Southern California, New York University, Columbia University, the University of Illinois and Purdue University, were ranked in the top five among US schools with the most international students.

There are currently 1.5 million international students in the US who get F and M visa for studying in the country. Under this, students can only attend an SEVP-certified school, and need to apply for a student visa to the US only after receiving acceptance from such schools.

As many as 81 per cent of the Indian students are in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in the US, the highest for any country, the report said.

Source :Press Trust of India, September 04, 2015 16:31 IST