Footfall of International Students increases with 1 million in US-based Institutions

14 Nov, 2018
Footfall of International Students increases with 1 million in US-based Institutions

As per the 2018, Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the international students in the United States have crossed the mark of one million again this year with an increase of 1.5 percent to set a new benchmark of 1,094,792 million. “Open Doors 2018″ which is published today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) specifies the after effects of international education on the U.S. higher education sector by analyzing the profile and number of international students in the United States in 2017/18.

All in all, the United States is considered as the top most place of education for international students globally.

There is also the increment in the financial front of US with the increasing number of International students. In the year 2017, the contribution on US economy through room and board, tuition and other expenses was $42.4 billion, as stated by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce said, “We are supposed to form the leaders in all the platforms that are capable enough to accept our difficult challenges. We want the people who are efficient to find solutions and make us happier. We also aspire to spread a message that international education is something that is making our country sturdy.”

For U.S. students, the numbers of study abroad is increased by 2.3 percent. Total 332,727 US students are undergoing education abroad for the sake of academic credit at their home institutions in 2016/17.

The number of students who come from the ethnic or racial minorities and have taken the education abroad in 2016 to 2017 was 29.2 percent. In 2005 to 2006, the percentage for these minorities was only 17.

The Indian students who are undergoing education in the US were increased by 5 per cent in the last year. However the growth fell down from last year’s 12 per cent which is the clear indication of cost related issues of the Indian students in opting for the higher education in US.

As per the report, the number of Indians undergoing education across the US is enhanced by 5.4 per cent to 1,96,271.

Indians have formed the second largest community of international students with the proportion of 18 per cent of the total and China is on the top position of the list with the ratio of one-third of the total international students.

But for the similar period of time there are some countries that have witnessed the negative growth and these are Saudi Arabia, Canada, South Korea and Mexico.

The Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Joseph Pomper quoted during the launch of the report in New Delhi, “Considering the stats of last 10 years, the number of Indians studying in the United States has increased to almost double. This is due to the fact that the Indian students are seeking for the best education and the United States is the place offering the same.”

Writer by passion, journalist by profession, Ankit has a sensitive nose for news, especially about educational affairs.

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