A 32 percent increase in applications from India, which accounts for 18 percent of all international graduate students at US institutions offset a one percent decline in applications from China, from where one third of the students come.
Thus the preliminary number of applications from prospective international students to US graduate schools increased 7 percent in 2014, up from the 2 percent increase seen in 2013, according to the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey.
This year's encouraging increase is more consistent with the growth trend in international graduate applications seen between 2006 and 2012, after a post-9/11 decrease said the survey.
China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Canada are the top five countries of origin for international graduate students in the United States, the report said. The survey covers in detail seven countries - China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil) and three regions -the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Altogether, the seven countries and three regions highlighted in the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey are home countries to about 86 percent of all international graduate students in the US.
CGS President Debra W. Stewart noted the 7 percent gain is a positive sign for US graduate institutions, which collectively draw 15 percent of their overall graduate enrolments from international students.