The annual Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education- a US based agency has announced that India for the sixth year in a row has sent the most number of students to the US.
The year 2006-07 saw a 10 per cent increase in the Indian students to the US, taking the numbers to 83,833, according to a new report on international educational exchange. China remained in second place, with an increase of eight per cent to 67,723 and South Korea, in third place, increased six percent to 62,392. India contributes one in seven (14.4 per cent) of the total of 582,984 international students who together contributed about $14.5 billion to the US economy. The US Department of Commerce considers US higher education as the country's fifth largest service sector export as these students bring money into the national economy and provide revenue to their host states for living expenses, health insurance, support for accompanying family members, and other miscellaneous items. Published with support from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Open Doors 2007 report noted that 61.5 per cent of all international students receive the majority of their funds from personal and family sources.