Friday, April 09, 2010

Indians applying for US colleges rise after big dip

After a decline, applications from Indian students to universities in the United States for graduate studies have stabilised, according to a new report. India, China and South Korea are the three largest countries of origin for international graduate students in the US, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) said in the report. "Applications from India and South Korea appear to have stabilised after significant declines last year. There was a 2 per cent decline from India and no change from South Korea this year," the report said. "The continued recovery in international graduate applications has been a positive trend," CGS President Debra W Stewart said. "However, we must not be overconfident. The lack of growth from India and South Korea is an ongoing concern, and as we saw in 2009, an increase in applications does not necessarily result in equivalent enrollment growth," she said.

Overall, CGS found that the number of applications from prospective international students to US graduate schools in 2010 increased for the fifth consecutive year. The seven per cent growth is the largest since a nine per cent gain in 2007. "The initial snapshot of graduate applications for the fall 2010 semester, released on Wednesday, shows a fifth successive year of double-digit growth in applications from China, up 19 per cent, after a 14 per cent gain in 2009," the report said.

Applications increased in the three most popular fields for international students: engineering, physical and earth sciences, and business, which collectively enroll 62 per cent of all international graduate students. In addition to the growth in China, applications from prospective graduate students from the West Asia and Turkey also rose by double-digits for the fifth consecutive year, by 18 per cent.

Source: Financial Chronicle, April 8, 2010

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