US maintains its charm as Indian student population jumps 31%
The number of Indian students in the USA has jumped by 31.1% in the period ending March 2016, which is the highest recorded growth among all international source countries in USA. The enrolment figure, standing at a new high of 194,438, has been published by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) in its quarterly report which also saw China deliver a controlled growth of 7.9% even though the country is still the largest source of international students followed by India.
The survey, which was conducted for the period between March 2015 and March 2016, showed that currently there are around 1.2 million international students studying in the US with F (academic) or M (vocational) status. Among these 1.2 million students, 57% are male, with Western Asia sending the highest percentage (76%) of international students.
As for popular courses, F & M students from India showed an overwhelming interest for STEM courses as enrollment reached a peak of 82%. The report said that more Indian students were enrolled in STEM courses than any other country. Chinese students, in turn, showed preference for mathematics and statistics coursework.
STEM, in fact, is single handedly responsible for attracting 40% of the international students studying in US, which in absolute figure translates to 479,000 students.
As for M (vocational) population, it has so far turned out to be an exclusively male preserve as male participation skewed female participation 75:25. The top five majors picked by 89% of M-1 students included transportation and materials moving; theology and religious vocations; visual and performing arts; personal and culinary services; and business management, marketing, and related support services.
Among schools in the US, New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Columbia University and the University of Illinois were the top five destinations for international students. Each school recoded enrollment of over 10,000 international students in March. Interestingly, 77 per cent of all international students were from Asia.
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