Indian students flock to foreign universities as scholarships beckon | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: The number of students going to America for undergraduate courses has gone up significantly in the recent past, thanks to scholarships and partnerships between universities in India and the US.
Sharing this at the ‘Global Edufest 2023’, on Friday, representatives of US universities said that an increasing number of Indian students are now eyeing undergraduate courses in engineering, science, management and liberal arts among others there.
The event was organised by the Institute of Management and Foreign Studies (IMFS) and T-Hub.
“The number of undergraduate students has definitely gone up at our university,” confirmed Lisa L Gallagher, assistant dean for research and graduate studies, Binghampton University.
She said that the university has partnered with institutes such as Vellore Institute of Technology, B V Raju Institute of Technology (BVRIT) Hyderabad, among others in India so that students can study for two years in India and two years at Binghampton University.
“They can study for a year more and get a master’s degree as well,” added Gallagher and said that during the last fall session (2022) about 500 undergraduate students joined the varsity – majority of them Indians.
Sebastian Fuentes, associate director, office of admissions, The University of Texas, Arlington said that they too have seen a surge in number of undergraduate students from India.
The representatives attributed this trend to scholarships and part-time work opportunities available in these US universities. As a result, they claimed, affordability is no longer a concern.
“Colleges in the US realised that Indians want value for money. So, many scholarships are tailor-made to attract them and they bring down the fee drastically. Now a four-year course hardly costs 50 lakh, which is more or less as same as private universities here,” said Ajaya Kumar Vemulapati, partner, IMFS.
Delegates at the fest also shared how more girl students are heading to the US to realise their American dream as majority of F1 (student) visas – of the total 82,500 issued in 2022 – were secured by girls. More than 60 delegates representing 100+ foreign universities from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and others were a part of the day-long event, which was attended by hundreds of aspiring students.

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