1.65 lakh Indian students studying abroad in the US in 2015 - 2016: a 24.9 % growth

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The US has once again established itself as the most popular study abroad destination among Indian students. The 2016 Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange that was released yesterday, has revealed that there has been a whopping 24.9% increase in the number of Indian students present in the US for higher education in 2015 - 2016 as compared to the previous academic year. This growth has been much more than that of China (only 8.1%), even though it sends the maximum number of students to the USA.

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The year 2015 - 2016 saw 1,65,918 Indian students studying in the US, in comparison to 1,32,888 in 2014 - 2015. Of these, the majority were involved in graduate studies (61.4%), followed by 25.5 % in Optional Practical Training (OPT) and just 11.6 % in undergraduate studies.

As per the US Department of Commerce, Indian students have contributed more than $ 5.01 billion (around ₹ 33,900 crores) to the U.S. economy in the last one year!

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The United States of America (USA) has also fortified its position as the number 1 study abroad destination for international students from across the world - with their population in the US crossing  1 million (i.e. 10 lakh) for the first time ever! As compared to 9,74,926 international students in U.S. colleges and universities in 2014-15, there were 10,43,839 international students in 2015-16 - a growth of 7.1%.

Popular subjects among international students in the US

In a surprise move this year, engineering has overtaken business & management as the most popular field of study among international students. The number of foreign students pursuing engineering grew by 10.3 % last year as compared to business/ MBA which grew only by 1.5 %.

Also read: List of popular subjects among international students in the US

In contrast to the increasing presence of Indian students in the US, the numbers have dropped for the U.S. students in India by 3.2%. From a mere 4,583 American students in India in 2013-14, there were just 4,438 in 2014-15.

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