More US Students in India for less expensive quality education

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United States India Education FoundationAccording to a news report in Economic Times, the number of US students in India has seen a huge increase. As per Anand Krishna, Information Officer with the US Consulate General in Chennai, Quality Indian Education which is also less expensive has attracted more American students to Indian universities, a US official said today.

“I think that’s one of the attractions. Certainly, it’s no secret that the cost of education in the United States is increasing and it’s pretty high. Part of it is the increasing awareness of the value and quality of education in India,” He added.

According to a data released by United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF), there has been a 44.4 per cent increase in the number of American students studying in Indian universities from 2,690 students to 3,884. Since 2000, study abroad participation to India by US students has increased over 250%.

Americans students are pursuing language study, cultural studies, service learning, internships, independent research and degree programs at Indian universities. Study of the economy, the environment, public health, law and business is available as well as cultural studies in literature, history, arts and religion.

US undergraduate students often fund study in India through their home university’s financial aid package. There are also specific scholarships for study abroad, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the National Security Education Program and David L. Boren Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships.

Anand added, “IIMs and IITs certainly attract American students…Their interest may also ultimately be in journalism and locally they may look at Asian College of Journalism. But the fact that they are looking at schools in India now is important.”