In recent years many countries across the world have seen an increasingly strong demand to study in China. In 2010 alone, the number of students from over 180 countries who came to study for degree and non-degree courses was more than 256,000.
You may wonder why China is so attractive to those who want to study abroad; here are the top six main reasons: Affordable Study Costs, Travel and Discovery, Immersed in Chinese Culture, High-Quality Education, Promising Job Market, Safety.
1. Affordable Study Costs
Compared to some European countries, America, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries, the cost of studying in China is much more reasonable. The tuition for English taught MBBS, Business and Engineering course etc. is only about 2000 to 4000 US dollars a year.
You can live a content life with a small budget in China. In cities like Beijing or Shanghai, a rent for a small apartment will be at least 200 to 300 US dollars per month. In small cities and towns, housing prices are much lower, for example, a rent for an apartment with two beds could be 100 US dollars per month in the city of Qingdao, Dalian, Nanjing, Changsha, Weifang and so on. A meal at a local restaurant for one person could only cost 2-5 US dollars. A good pair of shoes might be about 20-30 US dollars at a local market. Taking a bus is usually about 15 cents, and a subway ticket in Shanghai and Beijing is about 30 cents.
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2. Travel and Discovery
Located in the east of the world, China is a country with a long history and splendid civilization. Studying in China is a best way for you to fully enjoy this charming and mysterious country. Here you will start a journey of brand-new exploration: experience its unique mix of ancient and modern civilization, enjoy its scenic beauty, study its profound culture as well as making friends with students from all over the world.
The highly-diversified terrain of China takes you from bustling cities full of colorful nightlife to isolated mountain-top Ming-Dynasty villages where you can even hear a pin drop. As one of the world’s oldest continuous civilization, China will have you stumble on history here and there. But it’s not just a museum of imperial relics, the booming development has left China’s coastline glittering with some of the world’s most modern cities with a forward-thinking dynamism.
It is convenient and affordable to travel around China owing to the well-developed transportation system. It boasts the world’s most completed railway system and the modern bullet train can reach up to 300 km per hour.
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3. Immersed in Chinese Culture
Studying in China is the start of a life full of excitements and adventures as well as a chance for you to immerse yourself in Chinese culture with a history of more than 5000 years. The profound cultural heritage here will tell you all the stuff about people in this country where is most multicultural in the world. The incomparably varied quintessence of Chinese culture, from Peking opera to calligraphy, from Chinese traditional medicine to martial arts, from the exquisite cuisine to wine culture, all of this will open a window for you to know more about Chinese culture.
What’s more, China is a multi-ethnic state. 56 nationalities with distinctive features live together in harmony. Each of the minorities has its own tradition, religion and custom. By communicating with Chinese people here, you will find your life is continuously replenished by various cultures and wonderful stories. There are always brand-new horizons to observe and know the world.
4. High-quality Education
China is seeking to promote the development of first-class universities, and Chinese government has been invested heavily in education. There are around 6,000 tertiary education institutes in China are allowed by the Chinese Ministry of Education to admit international students with 160 of these institutes are authorized to hand over Chinese government scholarships. Universities offer both degree and non-degree programs not only for programs with distinct Chinese features such as Mandarin, Calligraphy, Kungfu, Classical Chinese Poetry, Chinese Medicine, etc, also programs in subjects such as MBBS, Business, Engineering and many other majors are provided, In particular, for those foreign students who want to gain some training on Chinese language, almost all the universities set up Language and Culture programs to help them learn Chinese, meanwhile, students can get comprehensive service about HSK test and examination. In addition, a lot of universities offer Bachelor’s. Master’s or Doctoral Degree programs taught in English so that even for those who don’t know Chinese, they can get the opportunity to pursue further development.
The official educational certificates awarded by Chinese universities are internationally recognized. Bilateral recognition agreement has been reached between Chinese government and a great many of countries, including the USA, Britain, France, Japan and 65 other countries and regions. Therefore, it is very safe and guaranteed to study in China under the protection and support of the official authorization.
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5. Promising Job Opportunities
Known by all, China is the world's second largest economy after the United States. It is the world's fastest-growing major economy, with average growth rates of 10% during the past 30 years. China is also the largest exporter and second largest importer of goods in the world.
There is no doubt that China’s increasing influence as a global economic power will benefit all the students who study here. Huge demands of Chinese domestic market, numerous world’s top companies such as General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Volkswagen and Siemens etc have made a strategic move to doing business in China with many of them site their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Beijing and Shanghai. Studying in China will offer you a chance to join these international groups and realize yourself in the global work market. Speaking Chinese certainly gives you more options, therefore, studying in China is a best way to learn Chinese and start your fantastic career.
6. Studying in China safely
China is a nation of etiquette and Chinese people are warm-hearted and hospitable. The renowned four books and five classics in ancient China and the popularity of Confucianism had endowed the nation with a natural of comity and a consciousness of humility. As was written in the Analects of Confucius ‘isn't it a great joy to have friends from afar’, foreigners who come to China always find them being welcomed by the local neighbors.
Being one of the permanent members of the United Nations, the Chinese government has constantly appealed its moderate foreign policy which has reached a consensus among numerous countries. Acting to push on the world peace, China has actively developed good-neighboring relations of friendship with the surrounding countries and become one of the safest countries for studying abroad.
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All in all, the vastness and complexity of China make it exciting to study here. With its rich culture and history, picturesque scenery and booming economy, China has always something to offer every student. So, young man, just go east, start a new life and begin an enjoyable journey, China is waiting for you!