The number of Indian students in the US has seen a growth of 5 percent since last year, second to the Chinese students, revealed a report.
According to a report – Open Doors 2017-18 published by the Institute of International Education, stated that the number of Indians studying across the US increased by 5.4 per cent to 1,96,271.
However, the growth has declined from last year’s 12 per cent, indicating, to an extent, the cost-sensitivity of Indian students in choosing the US as their higher education destination.
With around 18 percent of students in foreign countries, Indians constitute the second largest community of international students. China with one-third of the total international students is at the top in the list.
During the same period, countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Canada and Mexico registered a negative growth.
Saudi Arabia registered a drop of 15 percent in the number of students, Mexico eight percent, South Korea seven percent and Canada four percent.
On India, the Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs Joseph Pomper said, “This was the fifth consecutive year when the number of students going to the US for higher education from here registered a positive growth.”
“Looking at the past 10 years of data, the number of Indians going to the US has doubled. The reasons are clear, Indian students are looking for a great education and the US continues to offer this,” he added.
The top host states were California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.