American dream: Over 2L Indian students chose US as their higher education destination in 2021-22

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New Delhi: Post-Covid, there has been a 19 increase in Indian students chasing the American dream.

According to the Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education (IIE), more than 2 lakh Indian students chose the United States as their higher education destination in the 2021-22 academic year

Nearly 21 percent of the over one million foreign students studying in the United States are Indian

For the second consecutive year, a record number of Indian students went to the United States to pursue higher education, it said.

“Congratulations to India on leading the globe in the number of students choosing the United States,” Gloria Berbena, minister counselor for public diplomacy at the US embassy here, said.

“It’s clear Indian students and their parents recognize the value of a US education, one that prepares them to leverage their newly gained know-how to tackle the world’s challenges and readies them for future opportunities, whether that’s in artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, or entrepreneurship, and innovation,” Berbena said.

According to a statement by the embassy, the US Department of State offers free advising services to prospective Indian students both virtually and in-person at eight ‘EducationUSA’ advising centers in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and two in Hyderabad.

All the centers are staffed by EducationUSA advisors who offer accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information about opportunities to study in the United States, helping Indian students find the best program and fit from among 4,000 accredited US higher education institutions, the statement said.

IIE conducts an annual statistical survey on international students in the US since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.

Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at US universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic intensive English programs.

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