According to the US Embassy reports, the number of Indian students pursuing higher education in the US has increased by 5 per cent as compared to last year.
However, there has been a decline in the growth as compared to last year. Last year the growth was nearly 12%. One of the main reason behind this is the cost sensitivity. In recent years, the cost of living in the US for Indian students has increased due to a fall in rupee value.
As per the Open Doors 2017-18 report, the number of Indian students in the US has increased by 5.4% to 1,96,271 in past one year. The report was published by the Institute of International Education.
Indian is the second largest community when it comes to international students. The first in the list is China with one-third of the total international students.
However, there has been a negative growth in many countries such as South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Canada. South Korea has witnessed a drop of 15% followed by Mexico with 8% and at last South Korea and Canada with a negative growth of 7% and 4% respectively.
Joseph Pomper, Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs said that India has witnessed a positive growth in terms of students going to the US for higher education. From the past 10 years, the number of Indian students choosing the US has doubled.
Students are more aware and know that US education offers great exposure opportunities. The top host states are New York, Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.