Washington: The number of Indian students
coming to the US for graduate-level studies has increased by
eight per cent from 2010 to 2011, while those from China
topped the list with a record rise of 23 per cent, according
to a latest report.
The overall foreign graduate admissions rose by 11 per
cent from 2010 to 2011, the largest increase since 2006, the
Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) said in its survey report on
Last year the increase was just three per cent.
Among foreign countries, China topped the list with a
record increase of 23 per cent, the report released yesterday
The growth was driven substantially by a 23 per cent
increase in offers of admission to prospective students from
China, the sixth year in a row of double-digit gains, said the
Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).
"Offers of admission to students from the Middle East and
Turkey rose 16 per cent, the fourth consecutive year of
significant growth. Students from India saw an eight per cent
increase, the first gain since 2007, and offers of admission
to prospective South Korean students remained flat after four
consecutive years of declines," the report said.
"While the growth in admissions is driven in large part
by increases from China, it also reflects a broader trend as
evidenced by strong numbers from the Middle East and India and
a stabilisation in the numbers from South Korea," said Debra W
Stewart, CGS President.
This kind of strong growth in international student
applications and admissions is "a real testament" to the
quality of the US graduate institutions in an increasingly
competitive marketplace, she said.
According to the report, the changes in offers of
admission to prospective international students vary by field
of study and institution type.
Admissions increased in all eight broad fields. The
largest increases were seen in business (16 per cent) and
physical and earth sciences (15 per cent) while social
sciences and psychology saw the smallest increase at three per
Offers of admission increased at nearly the same rate at
both private, not-for-profit institutions (12 per cent) and
public institutions (11 per cent), the report said.
Offers of admission by US graduate schools to prospective
international students increased in all four major regions of
the United States this year. The West saw the most growth (13
per cent), the South and Midwest both increased by 11 per cent
and the Northeast grew by 10 per cent, it said.