Surge in Indian Students Pursue Higher Education in the US

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United States :Surge in Indian Students Pursue Higher Education in the US

Hyderabad, India – For the third consecutive year, a record number of Indian students have chosen the United States as their destination for higher education. The latest Open Doors Report (ODR), an annual statistical survey conducted by the Institute of International Education (IIE), reveals a remarkable 35% increase in the number of Indian students enrolling in US universities during the 2022-23 academic year, reaching an unprecedented high of 268,923 students.

This influx of Indian students represents a significant milestone, solidifying India’s position as the largest source of international graduate students in the US. Since 2009-10, India has surpassed China to claim this top spot, with a staggering 63% increase in Indian graduate students, translating to nearly 64,000 additional students compared to the previous year. Undergraduate enrollments from India also experienced growth, rising by 16%.

The ODR further highlights India’s dominance in the optional practical training (OPT) program, with 69,062 Indian students participating in this temporary work authorization scheme that allows them to gain valuable practical experience in their respective fields of study.

US Embassies Issue Record-High Student Visas

The US Embassies and Consulates in India played a pivotal role in facilitating this surge in Indian students pursuing higher education in the US. During the main student visa season of June-August 2023, consular officers across India issued an impressive 95,269 visas in the F, M, and J categories, marking an 18% increase compared to the same period in 2022.

US Ambassador Eric Garcetti acknowledged the remarkable achievements of Indian students and their families, stating, “Each and every Indian student in the US and the families supporting their success deserve recognition for this achievement. The decision to study abroad and your choice of the US represent a valuable investment by you and your families. You are bringing our countries closer together and leading us towards a bright future.”

US Department of State Provides Support for Indian Students

To assist Indian students in navigating the process of finding the right study opportunities in the US, the US Department of State offers comprehensive advising services, both virtually and in-person, through six EducationUSA advising centers located in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and two in Hyderabad. These centers are staffed by experienced EducationUSA advisors who provide accurate, up-to-date information about studying in the US, helping Indian students make informed decisions and find the best fit from among over 4,500 accredited US higher education institutions.

For students and families seeking additional guidance, the EducationUSA India app, available for free on iOS and Android devices, offers the latest information about the college application process, serving as a convenient first step in planning higher education in the US. You can also visit the official website https://educationusa.state.gov/country/in

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