WASHINGTON: The US has always been one of the most favorite study destinations for the Indian students. Close to two lakh Indian students are currently studying in various American universities and colleges according to the latest official data released. 194,000 Indian students, according to the report, are in the US currently.
"The number of F&M students from India studying in the US grew from 148,360 in March 2015 to 194,438 in March 2016, a major increase as compared to the last year," according to the latest 'SEVIS by the Numbers', a quarterly report on foreign student trends prepared by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
According to the reports available there are nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) studying in the US. SEVIS account is used for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 7, international student enrollment at US schools increased 6.2 per cent compared to last year in March 2015. There were 8,687 US schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, a 3% decrease from the previous year, as per the reports by ICE.
According to the report, 82 per cent of F & M students from India pursue degrees in a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"More STEM students are from India than any other country," it said, being said in the reports.
On the other hand, 69 per cent of all F & M students who pursue mathematics and statistics coursework are from China.
ICE report said 40% of international students studying in the US, equaling almost 479,000 individuals, were enlisted in STEM coursework.
Roughly 417,000 international students from Asia pursued STEM studies, an increase of 17 per cent since March, more than 75% of the M (vocational) student population was male.
64% of M students majored in transportation and materials moving, with a focus on air, marine or ground transportation.
The universities with the highest international student population in the US include New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Columbia University and the University of Illinois. These institutes rank one through five.
The top 10 countries that send higher education students to the US are:
China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico.