Monday, December 14, 2015

Number of Indian Students in U.S. Rising Faster Than Ever

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

The number of Indian students pursuing their education in the United States is growing at a faster rate than ever before, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report from the Institute of International Education (IIE). This is the second consecutive year that the country saw an increase in the number of students it sends to the U.S., a 29.4 percent increase to 132,888. Last year saw a 6.1 percent increase following three straight years of declining numbers.

The Wall Street Journal recently covered this increase, reporting that more Indian students are coming to the U.S. due to “better access to funding from banks, a lack of high quality higher education institutions in India and stiff competition for those that there are.”

“I think it’s going to go up faster in the next few years. You’ll see that uptrend continue, I’d say for the next decade,” Harjiv Singh, founder and editor of BrainGain Magazine, told the WSJ.

A majority of the Indian students in the U.S. are studying at the graduate level. India also remains the second-leading place of origin for international students after China.

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