Indian students' flow to U.S. grew by 12%, a three-year low

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Purdue has the fourth-largest number of global students among USA public institutions and is eighth overall among the more than 4,500 public and private institutions, according to a report issued Monday (Nov. 13) by the Institute of worldwide Education. The results show the number of American students studying overseas went up by 4 percent year over year. "The number of Indian students in the USA has doubled over the last 10 years and India is the second leading place of origin for students coming to the US".

Overall, the number of worldwide students in the United States went up by 3 percent, signaling a slowdown in what used to be double-digit growth. The university's ranking dropped two spots, however the number of enrolled worldwide students is up from 7,159 the previous year.

Allan Goodman, the institute's president and chief executive, said it's too early to conclude there has been a "Trump effect" on enrollment.

"They're not unreasonable questions", he said.

The roughly 3 percent decline in new foreign students in California and nationally was the first drop the institute has recorded in the 12 years it has collected such data, and the decline appears to be deepening.

Global student enrollment experienced an increase of more than 550 students; Ohio State enrolled 7,117 worldwide students in 2015. That figure offers a preliminary and partial view.

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OH had the nation's eighth-largest foreign student enrollment in 2016 with 38,680 students, a 2.5 percent increase from 2015, according to an annual report.

Although concerns over career prospects in the United States have escalated with the tightening of H-1B work visa regime, worldwide students are taking advantage of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme which, in the case of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) stream, allows students to work for three years.

The national decline in new foreign students was more pronounced this fall, according to a survey of 522 colleges by the organization, the report says. Canadian schools that saw sharp gains in applications said those students might otherwise have gone to the United States. "During the past year the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) trained almost 100 faculty on how to adapt their curriculums to help students increase knowledge of worldview frameworks, develop greater empathy, improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and develop greater emotional resilience".

UF Provost Joseph Glover said engineering and business programs were hit hard, with a significant decline in new students from India.

Purdue University ranks eighth overall in the top 25 leading host institutions list with 11,288 worldwide students enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year. Glover said university officials have heard of similar drops elsewhere. "It's something that we're watching with great concern". But he said Trump's victory and actions in office have influenced many overseas who are attracted to US schools but anxious about their career prospects after graduation. Still, the United States remains a powerful educational draw. "A lot of these options are very high quality".

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