Trump’s rhetoric puts off prospective students

Call it a knee-jerk reaction, but President-elect Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric in the run-up to the election has left many aspiring Indian students confused and unsure of the implications of higher education in the United States this year. Anti-Trump protests across US campuses are also contributing to the worry of students, write Varuni Khosla and Sreeradha Dasgupta Basu for The Economic Times.

Admission consultants and parents say students are worried – and even having second thoughts. Some fear for their safety while others are assessing whether spending so much on a US education – it can go up to Rs1.5 crore (Rs15 million or US$218,000) – will be a high-risk proposition.

Indians comprise 15.9% of the total international students in the US, forming the second-largest ethnic chunk. In 2015-16, Indian student numbers in the US soared by 25% to a record 165,000, contributing over US$5 billion to the US economy, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report.
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