US remains top choice for Indian students

CHENNAI: There has been a 35% increase in the number of Indian students moving to the US for education, according to the Open Doors Report (ODR) released on Monday.
More than 41% of the students, both graduate and undergraduate, preferred maths and computer science.
The ODR 2023on international educational exchange provides information and data on international students studying in the United States.Its release marks the beginning of International Education Week.
According to the report, an all-time high of 2,68,923 students from India moved to the US for studies in the academic year 2022-23. India surpassed China to become the largest source of international graduate students in the United States for the first time since 2009/10.
“The number of Indian graduate students rose by 63% to 165,936 students, an increase of nearly 64,000 students, compared to last year, while Indian undergraduate students also increased by 16%. The ODR data shows India leading in the number of individuals (69,062) who pursued optional practical training (OPT), a type of temporary work permission that allows eligible students to get real-world experience related to their field of study,” said Christopher W Hodges, US consul general in Chennai at a press meet held in the city on Monday.
Majority of Indian students opt for educational institutions and universities in Texas, California and New York.
“In the US a decentralised approach is practiced when it comes to education. The students can design their own courses by choosing their favorite subjects,” said Maya Sundararajan, regional officer United States India Educational Foundation.

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