Almost 200,000 Indian students chose the US in 2019-20: Open Doors Report.
Almost 200,000 Indian students, making up about a fifth of a million international students, chose the United States for higher education in the 2019-20 academic year, according to a new report.
The US has seen a steady increase in the number of undergraduate students from India, according to the Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education (IIE) released on Monday.
The IIE has been conducting annual statistical survey on international students in the US since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.
“Over the last 10 years, the number of Indians studying in the United States has roughly doubled, and we know why: the United States is the gold standard for higher education, providing practical application and experience that gives our graduates an advantage in the global economy,” David Kennedy, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the US embassy in India said.
To assist Indian students, the US Department of State offers advising services to prospective students through seven EducationUSA advising centers at the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) throughout India — New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai, an embassy release said
EducationUSA is a global network of advising centers in 170 countries that is supported by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Early next year, a second EducationUSA Center is opening in Hyderabad hosted by Y-Axis Foundation.
All centers are staffed by EducationUSA advisors who offer information about opportunities to study in the US, helping Indian students find the best program and the right fit from among the 4,500 accredited higher-education institutions in the US, the release said.
Open Doors reports on international scholars at US universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. The full 100+ page report will be available in January.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State arranges academic, cultural, sports, professional and private sector exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs.
Approximately 50,000 participants annually embark on these exchange programs, including the flagship Fulbright Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program.
ECA also sponsors the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships for US undergraduates with financial need, the Critical Language Scholarship Program in support of US foreign language study abroad.
EducationUSA is network of over 400 advising centers worldwide, which provides information to students around the globe who wish to study in the US.
Since the onset of the global covid-19 pandemic, ECA has revamped its exchange programs as appropriate to include part- or full-time virtual components or deferred exchanges until such time that they can resume.
Students seeking additional facts about studying in the US can download the EducationUSA India app.
At the click of a button, the app provides the latest information about the college application process and is a quick and easy first step to planning higher education in the US, the embassy release said.
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