Indian students chasing study-abroad dreams face harsh reality check

A record number of students are headed overseas. But economic realities, political changes and stricter immigration policies are throwing a spanner in the works.

It wasn’t supposed to play out like this.

After months of job hunting and grappling with uncertainty, S has decided to return home, to India. “It isn’t an easy choice,” says S. “I have invested so much in my education and had hoped to start my career in the US. But I also know I had to be practical and move forward.”

High unemployment, economic uncertainty and a deteriorating sociopolitical climate at home forced S, who is in her mid-20s, to look for study-abroad opportunities. She chose the US and moved a little over two years ago. Get a master’s …

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