USA is the most popular destination for Nepalese students because of numerous opportunities they can have as international students.
As a matter of fact, the number of Nepalese students in USA is increasing every year as the trend of studying abroad is taking momentum in Nepal.
Nepalese students consider USA as their preferred destination mostly because USA has universities for all kinds of students regardless of their major, affordability, and level of education and so on.
Most preferred states in the USA for Nepalese students have always been Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, and New York mainly because of the presence of Nepalese communities around, choice of universities and vibrant lives in the major cities like New York, Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
Other preferred states for Nepalese include Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio, and Kentucky mainly because of the wide range of universities in these states and lower cost of living.
Nepalese students apply to all levels of education but majority of them apply to undergraduate level. However, there is an increasing number of graduate applicants in recent years mostly from Engineering, Business, and IT background.
Though Nepalese students in USA are studying all different kind of majors, the number is increasing in the STEM-designated programs because of the obvious benefits of Curricular Practical Training.
The most common majors Nepalese students in USA pursue include Business, Finance, Accountancy, Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Business Analytics, Nursing and so on.
Nepalese students are spread across USA, but we cannot ignore the fact that there are some universities which are the most popular amongst Nepalese students.
Universities such as Howard University, University of Texas at Arlington, Arkansas State University, Brigham young University, St. Cloud State University, University of Central Oklahoma, East Central University, McNeese state university, University of Louisiana at Monroe just to name some are amongst the most popular Universities.
With the number of Nepalese students in USA increasing, Community Colleges have also benefited as a huge number of Nepalese students transfer to Community Colleges from universities as a cheaper route to their higher education.
Some students take good benefit of it and move on to good universities to graduate but there is a good number of students who fail to make the transition and pay the price for trying to save money by moving to the Community Colleges.
In general, most students after completing their undergraduate either try to land a job during their CPT and OPT and try to change their visa status from F1 to H1 or continue their education at the Masters or PhD.
However, the trend of returning to Nepal after completing their education in USA is also increasing in the recent years.
Nepalese students in USA generally join the community organizations like Nepalese Associations and are seen celebrating different festivals in a group making sure they do not miss home.
Association of Nepalese in the Americas (ANA) is the largest Nepali Community Organization in USA that has been actively organizing different cultural programs across the United States.