According to a daily newspaper, Applications from prospective Indian students to US graduate schools surged dramatically while those from China slowed down a bit in 2013, according to a new report from the council of graduate schools (CGS).
A 32 per cent increase in applications from India, which accounts for 18 per cent of all international graduate students at US institutions offset a one per cent decline in applications from China, from where one third of the students come.
We can observe the upscale of the percentage increase in the number of applicants. The preliminary number of applications from prospective international students to US graduate schools increased 7 per cent in 2014, up from the 2 per cent increase seen in 2013, according to the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey.
A consistent growth trend is observed in 2006-2012 in international graduate applications made by Indian students
China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Canada are the top five countries of origin for international graduate students in the United States, the report said. The survey covers in detail seven countries — China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil) and three regions — the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Altogether, the seven countries and three regions highlighted in the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey are home countries to about 86 per cent of all international graduate students in the US.
This year’s growth is quite encouraging. “Yet this year’s increase is not necessarily a sign of ongoing stability in international graduate applications and enrolments,” she said, “especially since a large share of the growth appears to be driven by a single country” — namely India. “International students stimulate the US economy and research enterprise in many important ways, and we must develop policies that encourage strong, stable growth in international graduate applications and enrolments,” Stewart said.
The three most popular fields of study — engineering, physical and earth sciences, and business — together account for 64 per cent of all international students enrolled in US graduate programmes.
They were also the fastest growing, at 14 per cent, 16 per cent, and 7 per cent, respectively. Gains in applications were also found in 2014 in arts and humanities (3 per cent) and other fields (2 per cent).
Rates of international applications to social sciences and psychology programmes were unchanged from the prior year.
Applications in education declined 1 per cent and life sciences fell, 6 per cent.