Last year a record-breaking 398,000 international students flocked to study in China, making it the world’s second most popular destination (behind the US).
This rapid rise in popularity can be partly explained by government-sponsored scholarships, as well as Chinese universities’ continued progress in the international ranking tables, not to mention the appeal of learning the world’s most-spoken language.
So, if you weren’t already considering studying abroad in China, here are ten reasons why you should!
Most people follow the crowds to Europe. Head instead for China, where the ancient and the up-and-coming coexist. You’ll stand out in a crowd while there–and your resume will draw a second look back home too. But go soon! According to USA Today, there are at least 10,000 U.S. students studying in China each year. If trends continue, China will soon pass study-abroad mainstays like England and Spain.
The Chinese economy may overtake the U.S. by 2035 and be twice our size soon after–or so say the wise folks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. See this economic engine in action, learn what makes it go, and you’ll be in a position to grow right along with it.
Research and anecdotes from students show that China is becoming more popular among international learners and that it has many benefits for graduate prospects.
Students looking to study abroad have an increasing number of options and China is becoming more and more popular, according to research from Student.com, which provides accommodation for international students. Here are five reasons to consider joining the throngs of international students already there.
China is an increasingly popular destination for students from around the world, with the number of international students in China doubling in the past 10 years.
China is already the fourth most popular destination for travel generally and has the third-largest population of international students, behind the US and the UK.
This number has been growing by an average of 10 percent a year for the past 10 years, a far quicker growth rate than any other popular study-abroad destination.
Over the past 10 years, international visitors and students have been going “deeper” into China, choosing to travel to a wider range of cities than before. In the past, Shanghai and Beijing were the only cities where it was common to see international students.
In 2006, nearly 50 percent of international students were in Beijing or Shanghai, but this has fallen to 32 percent. Today, there are 13 cities in China with more than 10,000 international students, with seven cities having more than 20,000 students.
Popular cities include Guangdong in the south of China and Liaoning, north of Beijing.
Whether you intend to secure a graduate job or continue studying at postgraduate level, the reputation of your university is important for your future prospects.
Chinese universities are increasingly well respected; the number included in major global university rankings has risen significantly over the past five years, particularly compared with the UK, which has fallen in many rankings.
In 2011, there were only six Chinese universities in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, whereas in 2015-2016 there were 37, more than either Canada or Australia.
Financial support is an important factor in the decision to study abroad and the Chinese government is offering a wide range of funding opportunities to attract international students, including more than 40,000 scholarships at 277 institutions.
In 2015, 40 percent of all international students new to China received government sponsorship. The number of scholarships available has increased fivefold since 2006.
Knowledge and experience of China is an increasingly valuable asset in many industries. As the fourth most popular destination for international travel, with nearly 12 million business trips to China in 2015, the country is growing in economic and cultural significance. Experience in China and the Chinese, which is the third most popular language to learn in the world, could give you a great career Boost.
Rabeka, who chose to study in China to differentiate herself from others in the workplace, explains: “There is a saying that my friends who went to university together share, which is; if you survive to live in China, you can survive and be prepared to face anything in the world.
“The experience allows you to be an open-minded person, ready to adapt and be flexible, which at the end of the day is what every employer is looking for. Studying in China gives you experience about how things work in this part of the world and help you to become more independent.”