China tops the list with 481,106 students, according to a report released by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Of over 1.5 million international students studying in various educational institutions in the US in 2017, Indians accounted for more than 2,49,763, the report said.
However, India tops the list of students with STEM OPT authorisation.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme is a 24-month extension of OPT for qualifying students with STEM degrees. Pre-completion OPT takes place prior to a student's programme end date.
Notably, Indians do not prefer to come to the US for school studies, the report indicated.
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