US is adding large number of overseas students but fewer Americans study abroad

November 16, 2015
According to the latest federal information, the total number of foreign students studying in the colleges and universities of the US has raised by 10% previous year, which also marks the biggest year gain in 35 years. Meanwhile, the number of US students who are studying overseas raised by just 5%, dropping short of the expectations.

The figures were released from the yearly study by nonprofit International Education Institute and the State Department of the US.

US is adding large number of overseas students but fewer Americans study abroad

Out of one million students who visit to the US in the year 2014-15, one out of every third child came from China, and it is the most from any of the country.  But much of previous year’s growth is attributed to the increase in the student numbers who came from India, who were drawn by the strong research programs.

Overall, the Indian student numbers in the US rise by 30 to over 1,30,000, the largest leap since the non profit began collecting the information in the year 1954.

According to the nonprofit’s deputy vice president, Rajika Bhandari,  there has been rise at the graduate level as we know that the students from India has been attracted to the facilities of science and research in the US campuses.

Number of students coming from Brazil had also increased from around 13,000 to 23,000 as Brazil make only 2% of the foreign students in the US.

For the second continuous year, the University of New York has hosted the biggest number of foreign students with over 13,000 followed by the Columbia University, University of Southern California,  Arizona State University, each hosting over 11,000 foreign students previous year.

At the Southern California University, the number of students from India has gone up from 1300 to over 2000 since the year 2012. At the other in education hubs like Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard University, the Indian student numbers have risen over time but they remain steady in current years.

It was also reported that the foreign students have contributed around $30 billion to the economy of the US previous year.

US remains the popular destination for the foreign students, but fewer Americans study overseas. About 3,00,000 US students left the nation for pursuing education in the year 2013-14.

To improve the figures, the US State Department had said that they are opening new office which will offer data on scholarships and programs.

This office would aim to assist students with less income and the minority students.  The popular destinations for the US students are Italy, UK, and Spain. European nations have drawn almost half of the US students who studied overseas.

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