More Nepalis are heading to US universities than ever before
Napali students are the fastest growing international student population in the US. Source:

Nepali students are the fastest growing international student population studying at universities in the US, according to the recently released 2017 Open Doors Report.

The report, which is published annually by the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, analyses international student mobility trends in the US i.e. how many foreign nationals are entering the US to study as well as how many Americans are flying out of the country for their studies.

The number of Nepali students enrolling in US universities increased by 20 percent, according to the report – a total of 11,607 students from Nepali studied in the US in 2016/17.

Nepal is now 12th among the top 25 countries for both undergraduate and graduate students in the US and posted the highest growth among the top 25 for undergraduate students at 42.4 percent, according to The Himalayan Times.

“Every year, Nepali students travel to the United States to take advantage of outstanding opportunities for educational and professional development through hard work, thoughtful consideration about what course of study to pursue, careful financial planning, and an academic record that reflects good grades and test scores,” said US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Gonzales.

The data revealed by the 2017 Open Doors release indicates the success of International Education Week (IEW), an initiative led by the US Department of State and the US Department of Education.

The initiative aims to attract future leaders from other countries to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

In support of the IEW 2017, the US Embassy’s partner organizations and American Spaces are hosting ‘Get Inspired’ programs this week featuring Nepali alumni of US universities.

“The embassy will also host webinars, Facebook live sessions and an online college fair for students from underserved regions who do not have direct access to our educational services in Kathmandu,” the embassy said as part of the program.

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