A new survey indicates that Indian students have a “high level of concern” about potential study in the US. The study says that a large number of them worry about their physical safety and about the feeling of being unwelcome.
The survey done by the Institute of International Education (IIE) suggests that US Supreme Court’s order that upheld President Donald Trump’s order to prohibit entry of nationals from six Muslim majority countries to America weighs heavy on them.
“Indian students have a high level of concern about potential study in the United States, 80 per cent of institutions responded that physical safety was the most pronounced concern for Indian students, while 31 per cent of institutions indicated that feeling welcome was also a concern,” the survey said.
The survey also indicates that the highest level of institutional concern is with the students from the Middle East, followed by Indian students. Students from Europe and Canada showed little concern while students from China and Latin America had modest concern.
“Their concerns may lead some Indian students to accept admissions offers from other leading host countries, especially from those that issue student visas more quickly,” IIE said.
The international students contribute more than $36 billion to the American economy, the survey said underlining the need to take appropriate actions to win the trust of International students.
IIE is a US-based not-for-profit institute which works towards building a peaceful and equitable society by providing scholarships, building economies and promoting access to opportunity.