Reversing recent trends, prospective graduate students from India
seeking admission in US institutions increased eight percent in
2011 after increasing just one percent in 2010, according to a new
Ahead of India, however, were China which recorded double-digit
increases in applications (21 percent) and the Middle East and
Turkey (16 percent), according to the survey by Council of
Graduate Schools (CGS).
Overall the number of prospective international students increased
11 percent between 2010 and 2011 with the rate of increase for
fall 2011 outpacing that of the last four years.
Offers of admission to prospective graduate students from India
too rose 8 percent in 2011, the first increase to occur since
2007, the survey noted.
For prospective graduate students from India, applications
increased for the second year in a row and offers of admission
increased for the first time since 2007.
These figures suggest that the recent trends for India and South
Korea are reversing and that the numbers of these students in US
graduate schools will once again increase, CGS said.
US has always been a popular destination for Indians and has
become even more popular due to larger shifts in the other options
available to Indian students, said Rahul Choudaha, director of
development & innovation with World Education Services.
Of the 185,000 Indian students enrolled in higher education
institutions abroad, US leads with a share of nearly 55 percent of
all Indian students followed by Britain and Australia, according
to UNESCO data, he noted.
Majority of Indian students enrol at graduate programmes,
especially in engineering related fields, Choudaha said.
According to National Science Foundation 57 percent of all Indian
students in the US were enrolled at master's level programme in
engineering and computer science in 2009.
An interesting trend for this year is higher acceptance of Indian
students by institutions outside top-100.
Number of applications from Indian students to institutions
outside top-100 has increased by 6 per cent, however, number of
offers by institutions has increased by 12 per cent, indicating
higher willingness of institutions to accept Indian students,
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