In what come as a great news for India soon after the victory of Donald Trump as the 45th President of United States of America, the number of international students enrolled in U.S. higher education sector increased by 7.1 per cent to cross one million in 2015-16. This means that 69,000 more students have enrolled than the previous year at colleges and universities across the United States. There are now 85% more international students studying at US colleges and universities than were reported a decade ago.
As of now, the count of international students is 1,043,839, representing just over five percent of the more than 20 million students enrolled in U.S. higher education, up from around four percent in previous years. This marks the tenth consecutive year that Open Doors reported expansion in the total number of international students in US higher education. This increase is due to both the growing numbers of international students and a small decline in the number of American students enrolled in U.S. higher education.
For the second year in a row, the largest growth was in the number of students from India, primarily at the graduate level and in optional practical training (OPT). China remains the top sending country, with almost twice the number of students in the US as India, but India’s rate of growth and absolute increases outpaced China’s.
Students from the top three countries of origin – China, India, and Saudi Arabia – now represent approximately 53 percent of the total enrollment of international students in the United States.
There were increases in the number of students from 16 of the top 25 places of origin, including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Iran, United Kingdom, Nepal, Nigeria, Kuwait, France, Indonesia, Venezuela, Malaysia, Colombia, and Spain.