12% increase in Indian students stying in US

Education experts say that since 2015 the craze for US universities has been gradually dipping due to incidents of deportation

California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and MA are the top five USA states receiving Indian students and each saw an increase in global students in 2016-17, according to the 2017 "Open Doors Report" released Monday.

The Institute of International Education released the data this afternoon.

While an IIE report earlier this year found no change in the rate at which global students accepted offers of admission, it found high levels of anxiety among students from India and the Middle East, who feared whether they would be able to secure visas and anxious for their physical safety. The other countries which ranked as top senders to the United States after China and India were South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico and Brazil. This is the first decline since Open Doors has reported new enrollments. The state's fall 2015 enrollment was a 5.6 percent increase from the prior year. Most of the students from India are at the graduate level.

In global terms, the United States saw a decline in fresh enrolments this year, with almost 10,000 fewer candidates signing up; the new student count of about 2.9 lakh represents a 3% decrease from the previous year. The University of Southern California, Columbia University and Northeastern University - all private institutions - ranked second, third and fourth on the overall list. It was followed by Kent State University (3,625), Miami University (2,654), Case Western Reserve University (2,565), Wright State University (2,372), University of Toledo (2,200), Cleveland State University (1,973), University of Dayton (1,837), Ohio University (1,588) and the University of Akron (1,367).

The report shows that 325,339 American students received academic credit last year at the home campus for study overseas in 2015/2016, an increase of four percent from the previous year.

Indian students going to the USA has doubled over the last decade but those coming from United States to India fall by 5% in 2016, says a global report. Brazil saw a 32 percent drop in total students enrolled in US colleges and Saudi Arabia saw a 14 percent drop in total students attending USA institutions.

Nationally, the number of global students attending USA universities and colleges increased 3 percent to 1.08 million from 1.04 million. Columbia University's worldwide enrollment grew by nearly 10%. New York University, whose worldwide enrollment dwarfs virtually all other colleges, saw an increase of 11%, to more than 17,000 foreign students.

The nonprofit's head of research says it's a "wake-up call" for colleges, but is nowhere near the doomsday scenarios some had predicted.

Speaking on this, the Consul General said, "The rise in the number of students offers benefits across the board".

In Canada and Australia, especially, many colleges saw dramatic increases in applications and in student visas.

An F1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for those looking to study in the US.

"In addition to sending more students overseas than ever before, we have also been focused on enhancing the intercultural learning experience of our students while they are abroad", said Michael Brzezinski, dean of worldwide programs.

However, only 20 percent of institutions indicate that some of their foreign students have expressed the desire to leave or have left the U.S.as a result of the current climate.

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