A quarterly report has been released by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) depicting the increase in the number of International students studying in the United States. It has been reported that the US Universities and colleges have witnessed 32 percent increase in number of Indian students since last year. The overall increase in International students is recorded as 9 percent.
As per the reports, there are around 1.5 million international students studying in the US with F (academic) and M (vocational) visa. The 405, 314 F & M visas are for students enrolled for STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in US. 76 percent of all international students in STEM courses are from Asia, reports confirmed. Out of which around 300,000 students are from China, followed by India with about 150,000 students studying there. According to the reports, “More international students studied engineering than any other STEM field of study, with 29% of those engineering students coming from India. As many as 81% of Indian students are in STEM field, the highest for any country.”
SEVP reported that twenty-four per cent of all F & M students studying at schools in the state of Texas are from India, followed by 17 per cent from China. China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico and Brazil are among the countries with maximum students studying in the US.
Reports from SEVIS July 2014 also indicated that India and Vietnam have registered highest percentage student increase at 31.9 and 25.9 percent respectively.
The University of Southern California, New York University, Columbia University, the University of Illinois and Purdue University are among the best choices of international students.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a part of the National Security Investigations Division. On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), SEVP manages schools, non-immigrant students in the F and M visa classifications and their dependents. SEVP uses the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to track and monitor schools and exchange visitor programs.