The modest reversal in the Indian student inflow into the US belies earlier reports that there has been a 26 per cent spike in their numbers. In fact, after peaking at nearly 105,000 in 2009-2010 academic year, Indian student population in the US dropped to 96,754 in 2012/2013 as other destinations such as UK, Canada, Australia, and Europe hawked their educational wares before the continuing US allure kicked in this year. The United States remains the preferred destination for foreign students, the report says, hosting more of the world’s 4.5 million globally mobile college and university students than any other country in the world, with almost double the number hosted by the United Kingdom, the second leading host country
Still, the Indian student inflow into the US story pales in comparison with that of the Chinese invasion over the past 15 years during which Open Doors has monitored the traffic. In 2000, China and India were not too far apart in terms of student traffic into the US, each having close to 45,000 students in the world’s most favored destination. At one point in the 1990s, there were more students in the US from India than from China. China has since pulled away.
There are now five times as many Chinese students on US campuses as were reported in Open Doors 2000; but only two times as many Indian students. The last few years has also seen a massive spike in student inflow from Saudi Arabia (which, at 54,000 students) now stands 4th after China, India, and South Korea), mainly on the strength of government scholarships. Significantly, Pakistan, which used to send a large number of students to the US, now does not even feature in the top 25. ..
New York University became the leading host university for international students this year, after twelve years during which University of Southern California was the leader. For the first time ever, four institutions broke the 10,000 mark: New York University, University of Southern California, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, and Columbia University, which each hosted more than 10,000 international students.
Source: The Economic Times