Mainland China is fast becoming the most popular destination in Asia for international students. With nearly half a million pupils entering from outside of China, the government is doing as much as possible to attract foreign nationals to study there. If you’re considering studying abroad, we’ve made a case for why China is such an attractive option…
A growing reputation
The Chinese government is working hard to progress higher education in China. Their efforts appear to be working too, with six universities in the country ranking in the top 100 in the world. China is a popular destination for degrees in medicine, engineering, economics, and management. The qualifications you can attain in the country are recognised around the world. As such, you'll have access to top-quality education in a magnificent country.
A chance to learn a new language
Chinese is a tonal language, meaning pitch and tone affect meaning. This may seem daunting to many western students. However, there’s no better chance to start learning either Mandarin or Cantonese, two increasingly important global languages, than by studying in China. Whether you’re a total novice or have some knowledge, the immersive nature of living in the country means you’ll have a unique opportunity to learn and practice. There are an increasing number of university programmes being taught in English, so even if you have no Chinese language ability, you can still go there to live and study.
It’s common for educational institutions in China to provide language classes and tutoring for international students, making it the perfect time to improve your language skills.
Reasonable fees and scholarships
As part of the initiative to boost international student numbers, the Chinese government is offering a wide array of scholarships to incoming students. Many universities also provide funding to students from overseas. As a result, there’s a good chance you may get some financial support to cover your tuition fees and living costs.
Thankfully, the cost of studying in China isn’t too expensive, particularly in comparison to the UK and US. According to some statistics, the average cost of a degree is around 20,000 – 60,000 yuan per year ($3,000 - $8,700 or £2,300 - £7,000). Of course, this depends on the university and programme, but it’s still an appealing prospect.
A diverse and beautiful country
China is big. Really big, in fact. There are many distinct regions, each having their own customs, cooking styles, and dialects. While studying there, you’ll have the opportunity to travel and see many different locations. Although the massive cities are modern and populous, there is plenty of gorgeous countryside, ancient architecture, and a variety of climates and landscapes.
In the north, you can expect cold and snowy winters where you can ski and snowboard. In the south, there are tropical beaches and remote islands to enjoy during the summer. What’s more, you can explore much of China on the country’s fantastic public transport systems, including their high-speed railways.
Students from around the world
There are over a billion people living in China. Although a majority of these people are natively Chinese, there are many other nations and cultures represented in the country. And with well over 400,000 international students, you’re sure to meet many different people. Many international students in China come from Asia, but there is also a good representation from Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania.
This article was written with the help of the International Admissions Office of Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China. For questions about Shaanxi Normal University's degrees, email firstname.lastname@example.org