International grad school enrolments climb but observers remain cautious

April 21, 2014

A new report from the US-based Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) indicates a growing number of international students are applying to U.S. graduate programs, driven mainly by an increased number of applicants from India. The same report found that the number of Chinese applicants fell by 3 percent. The authors suggest these numbers are cause for concern. Chinese graduate applications had steadily increased over several years before a decline last year. Observers had hoped that a decline last year was an aberration. Meanwhile, the uptick in Indian applications may not be sustainable. Indian application numbers have historically been erratic, and Debra W. Stewart, President of the CGS, suggested that changes in UK student-visa regulations, as well as the rupee’s weakness against the US dollar, may be contributing factors to this year’s numbers. Overall applications rose by 7%, primarily in engineering, business, and physical and earth sciences programs (including computer science and mathematics). Inside Higher Ed The Chronicle of Higher Education