Marking a significant milestone in higher education, more than 200,000 Indian students have chosen American academic institutions for their educational pursuits in the current academic year. As reported by Wego, this remarkable trend follows an announcement by the United States Embassy in India, revealing the issuance of a record-breaking 90,000 student visas during the summer months.
A record-breaking summer for student visas
This summer, the United States Embassy in India shattered records by distributing over 90,000 student visas throughout June, July, and August. This news signifies a momentous achievement in educational exchange between India and the United States.
The U.S. Mission in India is pleased to announce that we issued a record number – over 90,000 – of student visas this Summer/ in June, July, and August. This summer almost one in four student visas worldwide was issued right here in India! Congratulations and best wishes to all…
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) September 25, 2023
Via X (formerly Twitter), the embassy celebrated this milestone, noting that nearly a quarter of global student visas were issued in India this summer. They congratulated students choosing the US for their higher education and pledged to ensure timely program admissions through teamwork and innovation.
The embassy’s announcement comes as no surprise, given the US Mission’s early projection at the start of this year’s student visa application process. Brendan Mullarkey, the acting minister counselor for consular affairs in India, emphasized in June, “Last year, a record-breaking 125,000 Indians were issued student visas, surpassing those issued to any other nationality.” With over 90,000 student visas issued during the summer months, the United States is poised to set a new record soon.
India-US collaboration for a virtual institute
India and the United States have joined forces to establish a virtual institute known as the India-US Global Challenges Institute to bolster educational cooperation. This initiative was announced following a bilateral meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 Summit held in New Delhi earlier this month. The institute will operate virtually and research emerging areas, collaborating with partner higher education institutions from both countries.
For aspiring US students
For those with aspirations of studying in the United States, the country offers ‘EducationUSA,’ a free government-sponsored advising service providing credible and comprehensive information on admission and visa processes. EducationUSA represents accredited US colleges and universities and maintains eight advising centers across India. Students seeking more information can visit their website or follow @EducationUSAIndia on Facebook and Instagram.
Furthermore, if you are interested in applying for a US student visa as an Indian, please refer to our dedicated US Student Visa for Indians article.