Thursday, May 28, 2015

India Celebrates Student Visa Day

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Today, May 28, is Student Visa Day in India, with more than 4,000 students receiving visas that will allow them to study in the U.S.

According to Indian TV news station NDTV, the number of U.S. visa applications in India increased by 60 percent in the past year to about 90,000. Students from India comprise the second largest group of foreign students in the U.S. with a population of almost 103,000, following China.

“Indian students are a great asset to United States universities and colleges. Both countries benefit greatly when our students study and learn together,” U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma in Delhi said in an embassy statement.

The embassy and consulates held festive celebrations for the successful applicants this morning.

Currently, 74 percent of Indian international students major in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – and 12 percent study business and management. Check back tomorrow for a more detailed look at the degrees Indian students are pursuing in the U.S.

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