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Indian students accounted for 17.3% of the total foreign students in the US in 2016-17

Indian students accounted for 17.3% of the total foreign students in the USA in 2016-17, contributing over $6 billion to the American economy, according to the 2017 Open Doors data released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the U.S. department of state's bureau of educational and cultural affairs.

According to a statement issued by the US Consulate General here, the report shows that the number of Indian students in the US has, once again, risen to a record level, to over 186,000 - the fourth year in a row to see double-digit growth. "The number of Indian students in the U.S. has doubled over the last 10 years and India is the second leading place of origin for students coming to the US. The US higher education sector remains the global leader in welcoming students from around the world, and at the same time, we are committed to increasing opportunities to study overseas for Americans", said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Alyson L Grunder.

The number of new global students coming to the United States to study fell for the first time in more than a decade this fall, a new study found.

"As more countries become active hosts of worldwide students and implement national strategies to attract them, the competition for top global talent in higher education and the workforce will only intensify".

"They may need to be more intentional in recruitment", he said. This is the first decline since Open Doors has reported new enrollments.

Separately, the institute teamed with 10 education groups on a snapshot survey of foreign enrollment this fall. The institute's separate tally of data from about 500 colleges and universities found a 7 percent drop in enrollment of first-time students this fall.

California remained the most popular destination for foreign students, but new enrollment declined by 2.8 percent in 2016-17.

Noting that students continue to be attracted to the high quality and diverse opportunities offered by colleges and universities in the United States, he said it is critical for United States institutions to set strategic goals and be proactive in reaching out to students and families in a wide range of countries in the coming year. Canadian schools that saw sharp gains in applications said those students might otherwise have gone to the United States. They include "Optional Practical Training" students who are not taking classes, but are continuing their education through practical training in their field of study, and exchange students who are pursuing continuing (non-degree) education. Thanks to that program, a record 1.08 million global students were enrolled in United States institutions of higher learning in 2016. That's a decline of 32 percent. Glover said university officials have heard of similar drops elsewhere.

The number of new worldwide students, who enroll as freshmen, declined by almost 10,000 students to about 291,000, a 3.3 percent decrease.

"The tightening of the immigration process is really posing some concerns for worldwide students, especially at the graduate student level", Choudaha said. "A lot of these options are very high quality".

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