Washington, April 7
The number of Indian students in the United States rose by more than 12% in 2021, while those from China, who account for the largest number, fell by more than 8%, a government report said on Wednesday.
In its annual report, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said the Covid pandemic continued to impact international student enrollment in the United States in 2021.
The total number of SEVIS registrations for active F-1 and M-1 students was 1,236,748 in calendar year 2021, a decrease of 1.2% from calendar year 2020.
SEVIS stands for Exchange Student and Visitor Information System. F-1 and M-1 are the two nonimmigrant student visas. J-1 is also a non-immigrant student visa, but is primarily granted for scholar exchange programs.
In 2021, 8,038 SEVP-certified schools were eligible to enroll international students, recording a decrease of 280 schools from the 8,369 eligible schools in 2020.
“The number of Chinese and Indian students has made Asia the most popular continent of origin. However, China sent fewer students in 2021 compared to 2020 (-33,569) while India sent more students (+25,391),” the report said.
No less than 37% of Indian students are women.
Overall, China continues to top the list of countries sending 348,992 students to the United States. India follows China with 232,851 students. China and India are followed by South Korea (58,787), Canada (37,453), Brazil (33,552), Vietnam (29,597), Saudi Arabia (28,600), Taiwan ( 25,406), Japan (20,144) and Mexico (19,680).
According to the report, only Asia and Australia/Pacific Islands saw an overall drop in the number of students coming to the United States last year, while all other continents saw an increase.
F-1 and M-1 international students came from every continent in the world other than Antarctica and from more than 224 countries and territories.
Chinese and Indian students made Asia the most popular home continent, accounting for 71.9% of the international student population. China sent fewer international students while India sent more, he said.
In 2021, California hosted 208,257 international students, the highest percentage of international students (16.8%) of any US state. There were 240,479 active exchange visitors to the United States in 2021, compared to 256,944 active exchange visitors in 2020, it said.
Most F-1 and M-1 students come to the United States to participate in the higher education system. In 2021, approximately 92% of all F-1 and M-1 students were enrolled in an SEVP-certified associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program.
Specifically, international students in the United States earned 1,142,352 higher education degrees, which is an increase from calendar year 2020 (1,121,981).
It is important to note that a student can participate in more than one level of education in a given calendar year, so they can be counted in more than one level of education.