United States of America continues to be the preferred destination for the Indian students as about 206,582 students are currently pursuing studies in American universities and institutes of higher education.

According to new official figures released Thursday, there is 14 per cent growth registered with most of them studying science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

In the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) latest report, as of November, 2016, overall 1.23 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying at 8,697 schools in the US.

China tops the list with 378,986 students registering a growth of 5.2 per cent since November 2015.

India with 206,582 students, but its growth rate of 14.1 per cent is much more than that of China.

According to the report, as many as 83 per cent of the Indian students are enrolled in STEM courses. Comparatively only 40 per cent of the Chinese students are enrolled in STEM courses.

Out of the nearly 514,000 international students pursuing STEM studies, almost 450,000 were from Asia, with the majority of all STEM students from India and China.

Source: The Indian Express