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US Launches 22 New STEM OPT fields, Aims to Enroll 20M International Students by 2029

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  • US Launches 22 New STEM OPT fields, Aims to Enroll 20M International Students by 2029

    US Launches 22 New STEM OPT fields, Aims to Enroll 20M International Students by 2029

    Source: The Hindu

    USA is amongst the top study abroad destinations, not just for Indians but students across the globe. Despite the restrictive travel restrictions and hybrid classes, 70% USA universities recorded a boost in international student enrollments. The 2021 Open Door IEE report recorded that 54% of international students in the USA are pursuing STEM courses. After China, India has the second-largest overseas STEM student contingent in the United States, with over 150,000 students, or 78.3%, enrolled or working in STEM in 2020-21.

    OPT/CPT Blast Resume to 1000+ employers

    Students enrolled in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are eligible to apply for a 36-month visa extension under Optional Training Program (OPT). As per the IEE report, around 44% students are on OPT that allows them to gain temporary employment related to their field of study. Seeing the increasing demand for the over 300 STEM programs in the USA, the Biden administration has updated its policy by offering 22 new STEM fields to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.

    The 22 new fields of study- Bioenergy, General Forestry, Forest Resources Production and Management, Human-Centered Technology Design, Cloud Computing, Anthrozoology, Climate Science, Earth Systems Science, Economics and Computer Science, Environmental Geosciences, Geobiology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Mathematical Economics, General Data Analytics and Quantitative Methods.

    The cost of pursuing STEM courses in the United States is between 48 to 60 lakh INR for an Indian student. Some of the top USA universities and colleges (as per QS rankings 2022) offering STEM programs are tabulated below

    Source: The Hindu

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