Number of international students surge in USA post-pandemic

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Many countries, including the USA, had seen a drop in the number of international students during the pandemic due to Covind-19 restrictions. These numbers are now getting back to normal.

The number of students arriving at U.S. Universities from abroad has increased after a marked drop during the pandemic. The numbers increased to 4 per cent in the 2021-22 academic year, which was near to 1 million students that were enrolled in US universities from over 200 countries, reported The Washington Post. 

A survey of thousands of universities that was released on Monday pointed towards this increase in the number of students. The survey found the rebound effect after the pandemic, that a number of higher education officials had hoped to see. However, the data also indicated a drop in the number of Chinese students, even though the country, for many years, has sent the most number of students to the US.

The survey named “Open Doors 2022 Report on International Educational Exchange” was released by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education. The data included both, those who were on optional practical training as well as full-time enrolled students, at around 3,000 colleges and universities in the US.

As the number of Chinese students enrolling in U.S universities decreased, the number of students from India increased by nearly 19 per cent, to almost 200,000. The outflow of Indian students to foreign education has increased post-covid. In September, the US State Department reported that many students are ‘currently applying for study visas and Indian students get more US visas than Chinese.’ According to them, Indian students got 77,799 F1 visas, compared to 46,145 for the Chinese from January to July 2022.

The number of students from India opting to study abroad has increased not only in the USA but also in the UK, Dubai as well as in Australia!
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