The number of Indian students in the United States is increasing again, now at a higher rate than the Chinese

In the past decade, the number of Indian students annually choosing the United States for higher education has more than doubled, and the country’s share of total international students has risen from 11 .8% to 21%, according to the Open. Doors Report 2022 published on Monday.

The numbers take on greater significance when compared to China, which continues to represent the largest cohort of international students in the US with a share of 31%, but with a slower 10-year growth rate as its share was already 29 % in 2012. 13, a look at the previous data was shown.

The growth rate of Indian students heading to the US is also likely to overtake China in 2022-23, with 82,000 visas issued between June and August this year, the highest among all countries. In the corresponding period in 2021-22, 62,000 student visas were issued, said Don Heflin, minister counselor for consular affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

Overall, the total number of international students pursuing higher education in the US increased from 9.14 lakh in 2020-21 to 9.48 lakh in 2021-22. “The increase is not just limited to Indians. The numbers show that the United States remains the top destination for students seeking higher education options and this also shows that the country continues to offer opportunities for the future,” Heflin said , adding that the “large portion” of Indian students are enrolled in master’s programs.

In 2021-22, China and India together accounted for 52% of all international students in the United States. The Open Doors Report, which is a survey of international exchange activity in the United States, is sponsored by the US Department of State and implemented by the non-profit Institute of International Education (IIE).

In absolute numbers, 1,99,182 students with India as their place of origin were pursuing higher education in the US in 2021-22, compared to 1,67,582 in 2020-21, an increase of 19 per one hundred. In 2012-13, there were 96,654 Indian students in higher education in the US.

The figures show that India has left behind the decline seen in the year before the pandemic (2019-20). For two consecutive years, between 2018-19 and 2019-20, as well as 2019-20 and 2020-21, the number of Indian students enrolled in US universities had fallen by 4.4% and a 13.2%, respectively.

Meanwhile, China posted a 9 percent drop in the latest round, with the number of Chinese students pursuing higher education in the US falling from 3,17,299 in 2020-21 to 2,90,086 in 2021-22. Between 2019-20 and 2020-21, it had fallen by 14.8% respectively.

A decade ago, there were 2,35,597 Chinese students in higher education in the US.

Gloria Berbena, Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy, ​​said, “It is clear that Indian students and their parents recognize the value of an American education, which prepares them to take advantage of their newly acquired knowledge to face the challenges of the world.”

While a course-wise breakdown of students was not available, most Indian students chose Mathematics and Computer Science, Engineering and Business and Management, another official said.

Notably, according to the latest UK immigration statistics released in August, India now accounts for the largest share of study visas issued by the UK, overtaking China. In the year ending June 2022, the UK issued 4,86,868 sponsored study visas, of which 1,17,965 Indian nationals accounted for 89% more than the previous year. Chinese nationals, meanwhile, received 1,15,056 study visas.

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