India to be top nation sending students to US by 2020, report predicts

March 14, 2012

A new British Council report states that by 2020, India will have replaced China as the country sending the most people to study in the US. The report estimates that 118,000 Indians will be enrolled in US institutions then, compared to 101,000 Chinese students. Although Chinese students represented one-third of the growth in students travelling abroad to study from 2002 to 2009, the reports states that pace will slow considerably. The report predicts the US will remain the top destination for international students, but Australia will encounter the fastest growth in the number of foreign students. However, given the rise of Asian destinations, the council cautions that predictions are far from certain. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)