The United States has remained the most popular destination for Indian students over the years. According to studies, the number of international students studying in the United States is increasing year after year, with 32 percent more international students than ten years ago. During the academic year 2011-12, the United States received an all-time high number of international students, over 765,000; a decade ago, only the wealthiest families could afford to send their children abroad.
The only thing that has remained constant over the years is that the United States remains the top choice for Indian students, despite recent increases in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and a few other nations. Every year, over 400,000 Indian students pursue higher education abroad.
The major reasons for this partiality are as follows –
The USA has got a lot of top-ranking universities.
It is the most powerful and developed country in the world; hence a degree from any university there shall be accredited worldwide.
The universities there offer a lot of flexibility in the courses.
Students from all across the globe get themselves admitted there; hence one can experience a lot of diversity in culture.
According to a recent report, the number of overseas students has increased by 40% in the last ten years. In the academic year 2012-2013, the United States enrolled the most overseas students ever. China, India, and South Korea account for roughly half of all overseas students in the United States.
A small percentage of overseas students studying in the United States rely heavily on scholarships, while the majority, roughly 70%, must make adjustments on their own, including using personal resources and taking out loans.
According to sources, India ranked first in the world for sending students to the United States from 2001 to 2009, but there was a tiny drop in the academic year 2010-11, and the decline has been steadily growing since then.
Due to continuous economic stress, devaluation of the Indian rupee, and rising interest rates, aspiring students from India who aspire to study abroad have suffered a huge setback. As a result, the overall number of students from India has decreased by 4%, and this trend is expected to continue.