21% Rise in Indian Student Numbers in USA


Cyril Zachariah
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 04:02 PM IST

An Open Doors survey has revealed that the number of Indian students enrolled in US universities has surpassed pre-pandemic levels. It further highlighted that Chinese students, even though comprise the largest international student cohort in the country, still had not reached pre-pandemic levels.

21% Rise in Indian Student Numbers in USA

Several top study-abroad destinations have revealed that a large number of Indian students have chosen to pursue higher studies at their institutions. One such country is the USA, where an Open Doors survey, a government-sponsored platform, revealed that 2021-22 Indian student numbers have surpassed pre-pandemic levels.

According to the report, in 2019-20 there were about 1.93 lakh Indian students, while the number dipped in 2021-20 when only 1.67 lakh Indian students enrolled in US universities. The data further revealed that in 2021-22 the number rose to 1.99 lakh.

Chinese students remain the largest cohort with 2.9 lakh students. However, the data revealed that the Chinese student cohort is yet to reach pre-pandemic levels, after seeing a significant drop due to the worldwide shutdown.

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The Ministry of Education revealed that several locations have turned out to be some of the top destinations for Indian students, including the UAE, Canada and the USA, respectively.

The demand to study in the US has been growing steadily, as another Open Doors report revealed that 1,359 Indian students enrolled in US universities and colleges, seeing a consistent growth till 1969-79. In the following decade, the number of Indian students choosing the US as their destination for higher studies reduced significantly. Nevertheless, since 1984-85, the country has been witnessing a steady growth in the numbers, excluding 2020-21, where the numbers dropped again.

Reports suggest that the internet boom contributed to the number of Indian students in the US. Till 2000, it was reported that less than 10% of the international student cohort comprised Indian students in the country, where 2004-05 saw the number nearly doubling at 14.5% compared to 1999-2000.

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Popularly, in 2021-22, Indian students chose to pursue a master’s education with a whopping 1.09 lakh students enrolling in graduate programmes, compared to the 27,545 students enrolling in bachelor’s degrees.

Among the subject preferences chosen by Indian students studying at US universities, a significant shift in the disciplines and courses has been witnessed. While in 2009-10, 38.8% of the students enrolling selected the engineering field, while, in 2021-22, most students are enrolled in Computer Science and Mathematics courses. The number of students enrolled in engineering and management students has also dipped significantly since 2009-10.

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Source: The Hindu Business Line

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