Over 1.9 lakh Indian students contributed $7.6 billion to the US economy in the last academic year
China remained the largest source of international students in the US, with the number of Chinese students in the country increasing for the 16th consecutive year. There were over 372,000 Chinese students in the US during 2019-20 year, said the report "Opens Doors 2020."
India remained the second largest source of international students, despite a 4.4 per cent decline to 193,124 students, it said.
AdvertisementAccording to the report, released by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International
Despite a slight decline (1.8 per cent) in the number of international students in the United States during the 2019-20 academic year, this group still represents 5.5 per cent of all students in US higher education system.
According to the US Department of Commerce, international students contributed USD 44 billion to the US economy in 2019, including USD 7,69 billion from Indian students.
We are encouraged to see a fifth year of more than 1 million international students in the United States before the pandemic, said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
International student mobility is as important today as ever, and we believe the United States is the best destination for students to study and earn their degrees. Education is a pathway to a greater future and international educational exchange has the power to transform students' trajectories, Royce said.
Among the top 20 places of origin, the largest percentage increases were students from Bangladesh (+ seven per cent), Brazil (+ four per cent) and Nigeria (+ three per cent).
AdvertisementSaudi Arabia saw the largest percentage decrease (- 17 per cent) primarily due to changes in its government's scholarship program.
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