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Open Doors 2017 report marks 12 percent increase in students from India in the US

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Overall, there is a three percent increase in the number of international students in the United States from last year, according to Open Doors. 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) along with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, on Monday, released a report on International Educational Exchange data. According to the latest data, there is a 12 percent increase in the number of Indian students in the United States in 2017.

The Open Doors 2017 report notes a three percent increase in the number of international students in the United States over the prior year, and a four percent increase in the number of American students studying abroad, according to a statement from the US Embassy India.

The US colleges and universities marked the 11th consecutive year of continued expansion of the total number of international students in US higher education and this is the second consecutive year hosting more than one million international students, reaching a record high of 1.08 million.

“American universities provide unparalleled access to instructors, and provide a wide variety of internship and research opportunities,” Karl M Adam, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Embassy said. “The American higher education system introduces international students to networks and contacts that provide benefits and advantages over a lifetime. We are always excited to see out two countries coming closer together in the best way possible. We strongly support educational exchanges because of the shared benefits, not just in economic terms, but in our mutual understanding of each other.”

According to the report, the number of Indian students in the US has again risen to a record level, to over 186,000 – the fourth year in a row to see double-digit growth. This is an increase of 21,000 over last year and a growth of 12 percent, one of the highest rates of growth in the world.

India is in the second leading place of origin for students coming to the US and the number of Indian students in the United States has doubled over the last 10 years. Students from India comprise 17.3 percent of all international students and the majority of 56 percent are studying at the graduate level.

The top place of origin for international students studying in the United States is China and the other countries include South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. The top host states were California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

The Open Doors report is based on IIE’s annual statistical survey on international students in the US, which has been conducted since IIE’s founding in 1919, in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972. Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at US universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. This year’s survey was carried out in October 2017.