Over 200,000 Indian students studied in the US last 2018, second highest to China

Data from the U.S. Department of Commerce showed that over 200,000 Indian students sought for college education in the U.S. last 2018.

Indian students in U.S. universities

According to U.S. data, around 200,000 Indian students have enrolled in different universities all across the U.S last year. This contributed to $44.7 billion worth of revenue for the U.S. economy in 2018. It is a confirmed six percent increase from 2017’s revenue.

The contingents from India are second-most next to China which is the most consistent contributor to the U.S. international student population. For ten straight years, China has the largest number of enrolled international students in the U.S. But this is soon to change since China has slowly adapted foreign institutions in Mainland China, giving international university standards right at China’s doorsteps.

A report by Open Doors on International Education Exchange showed that for the year 2018-2019 the U.S. set an all-time record for the number of enrolled international students.

For the academic year 2018-2019, China sent 369,548 students to enroll in various universities in the U.S., next is India with 202,014 students. These two countries combined students represent more than half of the total population of international students in the U.S, based on data from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs expressed her gratitude on the bountiful number of international students in the U.S.

We are happy to see the continuous growth in the number of international students in the U.S. Promoting international students mobility reamains a top priority of the Bureau. We want the international community to see the U.S. as the best destination to earn degrees.

The growing international community in U.S. universities

Data from the U.S. Department of Education showed the following breakdown of enrolled international students in the U.S. for 2018-2019. Chinese students (369,548), Indian students (202,014), South Korea (52,250), Saudi Arabia (37,080), and Canadian students (26,122), these are the top five countries contributing to the international students’ community in the U.S.

There are also emerging entities like Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, and Nigeria, all showing signs of interest towards sending more students into U.S. universities.

On the other hand, European countries have been the popular choice for U.S. students studying abroad. Around 55 percent of U.S. students that studied abroad went to the United Kingdom, Spain, France, and Germany.