Even though the number of graduate students, the largest cohort of students from India in the US at 90,333, fell by 5.6% in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (IIE), assistant secretary Royce felt that there’s still a great deal of interest in India for education in the US. “In 2018, there was an increase of 5% in the number of Indian students going to study in the US over the previous year,” she said. She added that optional practical training (OPT) after education was an attractive option for Indian students in the US to pursue.
“While Indian students are going to study in other countries as well, the US degree is still the most sought after in the world with over 4700 universities offering degrees in various areas of study including STEM, art, entrepreneurship and public administration. Despite competition from other countries, the research opportunities in the US are unmatched for Indians,” she said. And while STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) still attracted the largest number of Indian students to the US, other new sectors such as hospitality and tourism were also growing, assistant secretary Royce added.
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