The US authorities’s newest order on foreign students within the nation — if their schools are providing solely on-line programs, they will not keep within the US — will adversely have an effect on many Indian college students.

According to the 2019 Open Doors Report on the International Education Exchange, there have been over a million worldwide college students within the US within the tutorial 12 months 2018-19. India has the second largest share in variety of worldwide college students within the US after China. Chinese and Indian college students account for greater than half of worldwide college students within the US.

The variety of Indian college students within the US crossed 200,000 for the primary time in 2018-19.

This quantity was lower than a 100,000 in 2012-13, the earliest interval for which knowledge is on the market on the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) web site, which publishes the Open Doors studies. (See Chart 1)


According to knowledge from the US authorities, the variety of lively college students from India within the US was 194,556 in January 2020.

While India is a vital supply of worldwide college students within the US, the profile of Indian college students is totally different from the remainder of the worldwide college students within the US.

More than 80% of Indian college students are enrolled in graduate programmes or Optional Practical Training, which permits pupil visa holders to work for a 12 months.

Only 12 % of Indian college students have been enrolled in beneath graduate programmes within the US. This share is not less than 45% for college students from international locations excluding India. (See Chart 2)


International college students, together with these from India, are a significant income for the US economic system. According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, a Washington based mostly non-profit engaged on worldwide college students and trade, worldwide college students introduced $ 41 billion in income and supported round 460000 jobs throughout numerous sectors within the US.

A survey of instructional establishments by IIE in November 2019 had discovered that points associated to the visa utility course of or delays and denials of visa have been the highest purpose for drops in new enrolment within the fall of 2019.

The survey additionally discovered that tutorial establishments within the US have been involved about slowing progress of scholars from Asia, particularly China and India.

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