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Why Indian Students go to the USA

by John Philip Green

Did you know that 83,833 Indian students traveled to the US in 2007 for higher education studies? I had no idea the number was that high. Turns out, it has been going up every year for at least a decade.

Why?

1. Couldn't get into IIT

As you probably know, IIT is one of the most respected institutions in the world for engineering. But last year they only admitted 3500 new students, and 350,000 applied! What are the unlucky 346,500 students going to do?

Quite a lot of them look to study in the United States. The good news is that tuition and other fees are not really that much higher. The US School Finder is a good tool if you are looking for universities or colleges and want them to contact you with more information.

2. Cultural Experience

Going to university doesn't have to be just about books & grades! These are very formative times in your life, and there's nothing like going abroad to expand your horizons.

For instance, there is a lot more to American food than McDonald's and Dominos Pizza!

Keep in mind that the United States is a diverse country, with lots of different cultural opportunities. Studying at Eastern Illinois University would be a lot different than, say, studying at the University of Minesota. These institutions and many more will send you more information about their campus life if you select them in the University & College Finder.

3. Liberal Arts

As India's economy and middle class booms, the higher education system struggles to keep up. New institutions tend to focus on engineering and business because they are most in demand. But what about the other majors? India has particularly little capacity for libral arts degrees, so the only choice is to look abroad.

The US has hundreds of excellent liberal arts schools, such as the University of Minesota - Moris. You can apply to this an other schools in the US School Finder.

4. Career Opportunities

Studying abroad is not only a fun cultural experience, its very useful professionally! Employers around the world respect degrees from US institutions more than from any other country.

There are hundreds of programs available in the University Program Directory that will propel you into the career you and your parents are dreaming.

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    mnew
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    BHASKAR OZAWed, 21 Dec 2011 18:12:46 -0000

    studying abroad gives u a lot of experience,be it academicaly,culturaly n etc..to mix up and learn the art of modern education should be the funda…

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    vans vermaTue, 05 Jul 2011 17:41:29 -0000

    We have a large Indian population at our school, and one of the reasons I hear of why they chose to study in the US is the opportunity to work and gain experience in their field before returning to India. CPT and OPT work approval is a good source of major-related work experience, and it allows a student at least one year(and now a 17-month extension to that) to gain the experience they can use to get a better job upon returning homea few points in this lesson are appreciable but a few r simply preposterous . india has the best education system in the world.only the rich ppl. can send their children to study abroad from here because its not only a matter of tution fees and all but rest of the spendature also needs to be counted only a fraction of very brilliant students are take by american institutions, this ,from my point of view is very wrong as this is only encouraging more and more brain drain.there r many private good institutions opening uup in india so mostly ppl join them if they dont get into iit .

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    satibaulTue, 20 Jul 2010 18:18:53 -0000

    I think it is not just matter of study in USA or INDIA…..but more than that.A bright talented student always need a environment where he can do his/her work.This type of environment exists in INDIA and also in USIA.A average student also needs his/her environment for study.It is his/her choice what he want to do or where he/she want to pursue his/her study……Yes there is a potential problem of brain drain….but I think once the education is completed in abroad…he/she can work there because he/she have some part of his/her education there….but they should remind that the other part of there education i.e. the basics they have learn from here…..that's why they are capable of going there….so after completing 2/3/4/5 years they can come to there country serve nation….the opportunity is now in INDIA also (this is not a joke….many people doing this now in increasing proportion)

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    dhavalthumarSun, 11 Jul 2010 05:30:09 -0000

    India is the best.student goes to other counties for studies well but after complete study he/her return is motherland.

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    Bill ElliottThu, 25 Sep 2008 16:31:57 -0000

    We have a large Indian population at our school, and one of the reasons I hear of why they chose to study in the US is the opportunity to work and gain experience in their field before returning to India. CPT and OPT work approval is a good source of major-related work experience, and it allows a student at least one year(and now a 17-month extension to that) to gain the experience they can use to get a better job upon returning home.

    As far as brain-drain goes, it's a valid point that many people who choose to study in the US want to remain and work after completing their programs. However, I think it would be incorrect to say that US schools are encouraging only the "best and brightest" students to apply. The US education system is known for being open and welcome to students of varying degrees of ability, and provides the tutoring and support services that students need to be successful.

    Options are beginning to open up for loans and other financial support that were previously not available to the average student. A year ago I met in Washington DC with the educational attache at the Indian Embassy, and he talked about the fact that banks were beginning to offer loans for students wishing to study outside India. This development seems to indicate that students of average monetary support might now be able to consider studying in the US.

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    John Philip GreenFri, 26 Sep 2008 00:24:45 -0000

    Its great to hear the perspective from an international student recruiter with so much experience with Indian students. Thanks Bill!

    I'm curious, what Eastern Illinois programs are most interesting to the Indian students you've helped?

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    ARIT KUMAR DASSun, 31 Aug 2008 17:12:21 -0000

    Good lesson !

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    aroonmyselfSun, 24 Aug 2008 14:51:32 -0000

    yes, what pearl said is correct, Usa is encouraging braindrain , they r helping only who r more talented.
    They r lignoring other people

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    sangitagoelMon, 18 Aug 2008 09:29:27 -0000

    yes pearl is right…there aremany othe expenditures also

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    Pearl DhimanTue, 12 Aug 2008 06:16:54 -0000

    a few points in this lesson are appreciable but a few r simply preposterous . india has the best education system in the world.only the rich ppl. can send their children to study abroad from here because its not only a matter of tution fees and all but rest of the spendature also needs to be counted only a fraction of very brilliant students are take by american institutions, this ,from my point of view is very wrong as this is only encouraging more and more brain drain.there r many private good institutions opening uup in india so mostly ppl join them if they dont get into iit .

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