Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 13:51
Indian students in the US at record high
The number of Indian students studying in the US soared by 25% to a record high, figures from 2015-2016 show.
The 2016 Open Doors data says Indian students contribute more than $5.5bn (£4.4bn) to the American economy.
It comes against the backdrop of a steep decline in Indian students opting for the UK, with one estimate citing a 50% drop in four years.
Analysts say tougher visa rules in the UK and the stabilisation of the rupee against the dollar explain the trend.
A total of 165,918 Indians are now studying in the US, up from 132,888 in 2014-15, the report says. It is released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.