The US continues to be the most attractive overseas education destination for Indian students with the US Embassy in India expecting an increase in the demand for student visa applications in 2024 over last year.
“In 2023, we issued a record number of student visas, higher than in any other country in the world. This year we are again well prepared to meet that demand.Studies show that a majority of Indian students prefer the US for their higher education. This is due to our top-notch facilities and faculty, the chance students have to work on cutting edge research, and the ways that a US degree pays off in the job market,” acting spokesperson US Embassy Nicole Holler, told The Times of India last week.
In 2023, 140,000 student visas were issued in India and, according to the annual Open Doors Report 2023, the number of Indian students studying in the United States surged by 35 per cent in the academic year 2022-23, reaching a record high of 268,923. Indian students now constitute more than a quarter of the total international student population in the United States, which exceeds one million.
“Our advice to student visa applicants is to treat the interview as a conversation. Provide genuine answers in your own words and never bring a fake document to your interview. We also encourage prospective students to use EducationUSA’s free advising services to find the school that fits them best and obtain accurate information on the admissions and visa processes,” Holler said.
Indian students are attracted to diverse masters’ courses in the US and over the past few years there has also been a sizeable increase in interest in undergraduate courses. “The United States remains a preferred destination for Indian students seeking higher education abroad due to its wide selection of excellent universities, cultural diversity, and opportunities for professional growth,” acting US Embassy spokesperson Holler said.
Most Indian students, according to the Open Doors Report 2023, attended universities in Texas, New York, California, Massachusetts, and Illinois. “While traditionally dominated by master’s programmes, there has been a noticeable rise in Indian undergraduate students pursuing education in the United States. The number of Indian undergraduates increased by 16 per cent, from 27,545 in 2021-22 to 31,954 in 2022-23. Popular fields of study among Indian students include mathematics, computer science, business administration, and management. This trend underscores the growing appeal of US universities among Indian youth, drawn by the quality of education, diverse academic offerings, and promising career prospects,” Holler said.