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!
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 %.
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.