Kathmandu, Nov 14(UNI) Nepal has become the 13th leading country of origin for international students in the United States with an increase of Nepali students in US by 27.9 per cent, according to a report of an independent organisation.
Nepali student enrollment increased to 7,754 in the academic year 2006-2007 from 6,061 in the previous year, the report by the Institute of International Education (IIE), local media quoted a report of an independent organization based in New York.
According to IIE's Open Doors 2007 report, out of 7,754 Nepali students currently enrolled in US colleges and universities, 66.9 per cent are pursuing undergraduate (bachelor's) degrees. About 26.2 per cent are enrolled in graduate (master's or doctoral) programmes.
Currently, over half a million international students are enrolled in US colleges and universities, making it a leading destination for international students.
The United States witnessed a 3.2 per cent growth in international students in the academic year 2006-2007, with numbers increasing from 564,766 to 582,984," the report said.
UK, Australia, Canada, India and China are the other popular destinations for the Nepalese students.