Indian students' flow to United States grew by 12%, a three-year low

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Indian students continue to be second leading community among worldwide students in United States, with a rise of 12% this year, says the 2017 Open Doors Report on global Educational Exchange by Institute of global Education (IIE) and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released on Monday.

While 45 per cent of schools saw declines in worldwide enrollment, almost a third said their numbers have increased since past year, the survey found.

"State Department exchange programs such as the Fulbright and Gilman Scholarship programs and our global network of EducationUSA advising centers in more than 170 countries are key to achieving these goals". "The report tracks every student coming from overseas but it doesn't include exactly why or why not the numbers fell".

Despite the improved outlook, the survey found that half of the 500 colleges still worry the nation's atmosphere could discourage potential students, and 20 per cent reported that the climate has already led some students to leave.

An F1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for those looking to study in the US.

The survey offers only a preview of this year's trends and was released alongside the institute's annual "Open Doors" report, which tracks global students at 3,000 USA schools but lags a year behind. But similar proportions of the institutions cited the cost of American colleges and competition with institutions in other countries.

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China had a total of 350,755 students, registering an increase of 6.8 per cent. Their numbers have continued to grow, but at a much slower rate than in previous years.

The top states for worldwide students remained unchanged previous year, with California topping the list followed by New York, Texas and MA.

In the 2016-17 academic year, 186,267 students from India were studying in the United States, said the annual Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education (IIE) released.

The majority of Indian students in the U.S. study at the graduate level, the report said, adding in 2016-17, their breakdown was: 11.8 per cent undergraduate; 56.3 per cent graduate students; 1.2 per cent other; and 30.7 per cent OPT (Optional Practical Training) Last year, Indian students in USA colleges and universities contributed Dollars 6.54 billion to the United States economy, the report said, citing a Department of Commerce figure.

Europe was found to be the top host region, attracting more than half of USA students who studied overseas, followed by Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

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