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File photo of Indian students taking a selfie after receiving their Ph.D. degrees. (representational image/Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images)

The number of Indians studying in the U.S. increased by almost three percent over the last year to 202,014 – the sixth consecutive year marking such growth.

According to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released Nov. 18, Indians make up over 18 percent of all international students in the United States.

India provided the second highest number of graduate students and jumped up to third place in undergraduates, it said.

Speaking at the United States India Educational Foundation, the Embassy's Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs Charisse Phillips said, "Student exchanges between our two countries help strengthen the foundation upon which our strategic partnership is built. Indian students are looking for a great education and the United States offers the best return on this investment."

In 2018-19, U.S. colleges and universities hosted more than one million international students for the fourth consecutive year. The total number of international students expanded for the 13th consecutive year.

The top places of origin for international students studying in the United States were China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. The top host states were California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education, which has conducted 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.

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 430 international student-advising centers in 178 countries and territories. EducationUSA is the official source on U.S. higher education. In India there are seven EducationUSA advising centers.

USIEF hosts centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. The center in Bengaluru is hosted by Yashna Trust and the one in Ahmedabad is hosted by IAES.

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