The number of Indian students in the U.S. has grown remarkably by more than 28% in the past one year to reach a new high of nearly 200,000, according to an official report released, Aug. 31, writes Lalit K. Jha. – @Siliconeer #Siliconeer #USIndiaRelations #Education #IndianStudentsinUS

Indian students totaled 192,723 this July, a report by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. But despite having peaked by 28.5% in the past one year, Indian students trailed their Chinese counterparts, who topped the list at 323,186.

China, however, experienced a growth of just 7.2% in the number of its students in the U.S. in the past one year.

There were 1.11 million international students with ‘F’ (academic) or ‘M’ (vocational) status studying in the U.S., said the report based on real-time data extracted from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of the U.S. Immigration.

Based on the data from Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) on July 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 5.5% compared to July 2015.

In July this year, there were 8,673 U.S. schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, a 2% decrease from the previous year.

Forty-two percent of international students studying in the U.S., equaling almost 467,000 individuals, were enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, an increase of 15.2% from July 2015.

Approximately 407,000 international students from Asia pursued STEM studies, an increase of 17% since July 2015.

In all, Asia accounted for 856,681 students an increase of 6.6%.

Interestingly, of all F&M students from India, a massive 83% pursue degrees in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

More STEM students are from India than any other country.

Whereas 68% of all F&M students who pursue mathematics and statistics coursework are from China, it said.

Among U.S. schools, New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Arizona State University and Columbia University rank one through five for schools with the highest international student populations.

More than 10,000 international students were enrolled at each school in July.

Arkansas and New Hampshire saw the highest percentages in international student growth, at 20 and 19% respectively, compared to July 2015.

Another key feature of the report was that 77% of all international students were from Asia.

The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students included: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico.