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United States remains top choice for Indian Students  

- November 14, 2022

New Delhi, November 14, 2022

For the second year in a row, a record number of Indian students chose the United States to pursue higher education.  According to the Open Doors Report released today, almost 200,000 Indian students chose the United States as their higher education destination in the 2021-22 academic year, a 19 percent increase over the previous year.  Nearly 21 percent of the over one million foreign students studying in the United States are Indian students.    

Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy, Gloria Berbena, said, “Congratulations to India on leading the globe in the number of students choosing the United States.  It’s clear Indian students and their parents recognize the value of a U.S. education, one that prepares them to leverage their newly gained know-how to tackle the world’s challenges and readies them for future opportunities, whether that’s in artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, or entrepreneurship and innovation.”

To assist Indian students, the U.S. Department of State offers free advising services to prospective students both virtually, and in-person at eight EducationUSA advising centers throughout India -in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and two in Hyderabad.  All eight centers are staffed by EducationUSA advisors who offer accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information about opportunities to study in the United States, helping Indian students find the best program and fit from among 4,000 accredited U.S. higher-education institutions. 

Students and families seeking additional facts about studying in the United States can download the EducationUSA India app, available for free on iOS and Android devices.  The app provides the latest information about the college application process and is a quick and easy first step to planning higher education in the United States.  Or visit https://educationusa.state.gov/country/in 

About Open Doors 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) publishes the Open Doors report.  IIE conducts an annual statistical survey on international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.  Open Doors also reports on the number of international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. 

Open Doors 2022 report includes international students enrolled at U.S. higher education institutions in the United States and online from abroad, and those on Optional Practical Training (OPT) from Fall 2021 to Spring 2022.  For more data, infographics and resources

About the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs 

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private sector exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs.  Approximately 50,000 participants annually embark on these exchange programs, including the flagship Fulbright Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program. ECA also sponsors the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with financial need, the Critical Language Scholarship Program in support of U.S. foreign language study abroad, and the EducationUSA network of over 400 advising centers worldwide, which provides information to students around the globe who wish to study in the United States. Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic,

ECA has revamped its exchange programs as appropriate to include part- or full-time virtual components or deferred exchanges until such time that they can resume.  For more information on the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange activities.