India, a democracy with a vibrant economy, rich history and kaleidoscopic diversity, attracts US students to study and conduct research in many academic disciplines.
According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2010 report, over 2600 US students studied in India during the 2008-09 academic year. Since 2000, study abroad participation to India by US students has increased over 250%.
What is drawing students to India now? Americans pursue language study, cultural studies, service learning, internships, independent research and degree programs at Indian universities. Study of the economy, the environment, public health, law and business is available as well as cultural studies in literature, history, arts and religion.
US undergraduate students often fund study in India through their home university's financial aid package. There are also specific scholarships for study abroad, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the National Security Education Program and David L. Boren Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships.