Members of the Indian Student Association at IU pose for a picture. The number of Indian students as the school has increased in the 2021 academic year, overtaking China as the most represented foreign country. Courtesy photo
Members of the Indian Student Association at IU pose for a picture. The number of Indian students as the school has increased in the 2021 academic year, overtaking China as the most represented foreign country. Courtesy photo
The makeup of Indiana University’s international student population is changing, as Indian students now outnumber their undergraduate classmates coming from China.

A traditionally strong source of international scholars at IU, China started to send fewer students in the last five years. According to the results of the most recent IU student census, rising numbers of Indian students mean China lost its top spot at IU.

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“This is the first year we've seen that flip where India has become the top sending country and China is now the second,” said Rachel Salinas, director of international admissions at Indiana University Bloomington. “Not only at IU Bloomington. That's actually system wide.”

Increasing enrollment from India

At IU Bloomington, there were 1,117 students from India in the fall of 2020. That number soared to 1,637 this fall. The number of Chinese students fell from 1,803 in fall 2020 to 1,464 this fall semester.

System-wide, India also overtook China as the most represented country at IU. In fall 2020, there were 1,777 Indian students across all IU campuses. The university-wide total rose to 2,367 Indian students this fall.

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