Record 25 per cent rise in number of Indian students in US

An increasing number of students are crossing the globe to gain practical, work experience in international organization which they can apply in their careers and life in a global society.

Despite the reports of alleged Xenophobia, United States continue to be the most popular destinations when it comes to attaining higher education with the number of Indians studying in American crossing the 100 thousands students mark and all international students crossing 1 million/ 10 lakh in 2015-16. Indian forms the second biggest chunk of foreign students.


Here are some cool facts about the student population in US:

  • International Students in U.S. Top One Million for the First Time
  • They Make Up only 5 percent of students in U.S. Higher Education
  • More U.S. Students study abroad and pursue experiential Learning Overseas
  • Strong Growth among students in STEM fields in both direction.

And, here are the key findings of the report:

  • The 1,65,918 Indian students make up 16 percent of the total number of international students in the US
  • Students from China and India are the leading countries which send its students to US. The two together accounts for 84 percent of the growth in international students in 2015-16.
  • Chinese students mostly take up undergraduate courses focused on business, while Indians opt for short graduate programs in more technical subjects like science and math.
  • 36 percent of Indian Students study engineering, followed by 34.9 percent study math or computer science.
  • In 2014, Indian Students contributed $ 5 billion for the US economy.

The US hosts up to 4.5 million globally mobile college and university students than any other country in the world, more than double the number hosted by the UK, the second leading host country, the US Embassy said in a statement, quoting the report.


“Higher education continues to be the bedrock of our people to people ties. More students from India studied in tbe United States than ever before- at all levels –  and I am especially pleased to see the record back-to-back, year-on-year growth in student numbers,” US Ambassador Richard Verma was quoted as saying in the statement.

“With efforts such as our Passport to India initiative, we are also seeing the number of American students in India beginning to grow,” he added.

Leave a Reply