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5.4% rise in Indian students in US in 2017-18

December 1, 2018

India is the second largest international reservoir for the US higher education institutions having sent 196,271 students here in the last academic year, reported news agency IANS, quoting latest data. China sent 363,341 students, the most of any country.

According to the Open Doors report from the State Department and the Institute of International, the number of Indian students increased by 5.4 percent in 2017-18 from the previous academic year to form 23.3 percent of the total foreign student population of US.

In the other direction, 4,704 students went to study in India during 2016-17, latest period for which data is available, an increase of 12.5 per cent from the previous year.

The report said that there was a steep fall in the number of Indian students at the post-graduate level in the US. Their numbers came down by 8.8 per cent to 95,651 in 2017-18 compared to the previous year, while the number of students in practical training programmes after graduation shot up by 32 per cent to 75,390, according to the report. The number of undergraduate students also went up by 6.2 per cent to 23,346.

In 2016-17, there were 186,267 students from India in the US, a 24.9 per cent increase over the 165,918 the previous year. During 2016-17, there were 21,977 students in undergraduate programmes, 104,899 in graduate courses and 57,132 in practical training programmes.

The State Department said international students contributed $42 billion to the US economy and supported 450,000 jobs.

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