Indian students remained second-largest group of international students in American colleges, after China
Indian students contributed a whopping $7.6 billion to the US economy in the academic year of 2019-20, according to a report by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the International Education.
But the number of Indian students in US saw a 4.4% drop while the number of Chinese students in the US increased for the 16th consecutive year and they retained the top spot in terms of numbers. US colleges hosted over 372,000 Chinese students during the 2019-20 academic session, followed by 193,124 Indian students. The two countries together made up a sizeable chunk of the one million-strong international student community, which represents 5.5 per cent of all students in the US higher education system.
According to the US Department of Commerce, international students contributed $44 billion to the US economy in 2019, of which over $7.6 billion came from Indian students. Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, expressed how seeing over one million students in the US for the fifth consecutive year was an extremely encouraging sign and emphasised the importance of international student mobility. She added that education is a pathway to a greater future, and that international educational exchange has the power to transform students’ trajectories.
India’s decrease rate in international students in the US was relatively low when compared to Saudi Arabia, which observed a drop of 17 per cent largely because of a change in the government’s scholarship programme. However, some countries such as Bangladesh, Brazil and Nigeria also observed growth in this respect.
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