Study in China
China has become one of the most popular destinations for international students who want to study abroad because of its long history and exciting culture. In 2012, more than 320,000 students from over 180 countries came to China to study for either degree or non-degree programs. Studying in China is an excellent opportunity to experience China’s unique blend of ancient and modern civilization, as well as its scenic beauty and bustling nightlife. Considering the size of China’s territory, there are tremendous variety of climates, cultures and landscapes. At the northeast of the country is Harbin, a city where you can enjoy the ice festival and ski on the mountains. If that’s too cold for you, then head south to the tropical beach paradise of Hainan Island and kick back in the sunshine.
Following rapid economic development over the last 30 years, Chinese cities now boast of eye-catching works of modern architecture - from the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai to Beijing’s Olympic Bird’s Nest - in addition to impressive ancient structures like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. China’s 5,000 years of history has promoted endless amount of tourist attractions, while breathtaking wonders of nature are also scattered about the country. It is convenient and inexpensive to get around in China, all cities have buses and taxis, and larger cities have modern subway systems. Airplane or train can reach every city. China’s high-speed railway reaches a maximum speed of over 300 km/h and provides beds as well as dining services.
Studying and living in China is cheaper than studying and living in European countries like the U.S., Japan, South Korea and many other countries. Food and other commodities in China are as affordable as it gets. A good pair of jeans sells for 10-20 U.S. dollars, the bus fare only 15 cents and a subway ticket in Beijing only 30 cents, everything is more than affordable in China.
Even in other parts of Asia studying is not cheap. Japan boasts high living expenses soaring up to 1,800 dollars a month, while South Korea is one of the world’s five most expensive countries for foreign residents.
China has been the world’s fastest growing country for the past 30 years even during the financial crisis; China’s economic growth has maintained a level of 8%, a pace unthinkable in other countries. China’s GDP recently surpassed Japan’s, the world’s top 500 companies are all in business with China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
The current rise of China has made it possible for people to speak Chinese and have a firsthand experience of living in China. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people.
China is striving to build more world-class universities, and investing heavily in higher education. Aside from China’s unique Chinese language, calligraphy, martial arts and other cultural subjects, Chinese degree programs in majors such as engineering, science, medicine, economics and trade, MBA as well as finance are highly revered. As for those who don’t know any Chinese, many universities offer degree programs taught in English, so you can earn your degree while learning the most widely spoken language in the world.
Most developed countries recognize the academic qualifications awarded by Chinese universities. The Chinese government has signed an agreement on mutual recognition of academic qualifications with a number of countries including the United States, Britain, France, Japan and 65 other countries and regions.
You’ll run into unique customs as you travel to different parts of China, but everyday life, believe it or not, will be just as new and fulfilling. Living and interacting with local Chinese and immersing yourself in Chinese society will provide you with a new way of visualizing the world and giving you the kind of insight that just doesn’t come from textbooks.