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Why study in China?

Thinking of studying abroad in China? Here’s what you need to know about one of the most incredible study abroad destinations...


World class education

Welcoming 377,054 international students in 2014, China is becoming more and more accessible to students from foreign countries by providing programmes taught in English and partnering with almost 70 countries to assure mutual recognition of academic qualifications. In order to be better able to compete in the global economy, countries are realising the importance of allowing foreigners to study at their universities, and China is making big moves to provide opportunities.


China has established especially strong connections with US universities like Stanford University and New York University. The partnership has also drawn national attention and was the subject of a speech given by the First Lady, Michelle Obama in 2014.


Plus, the government involvement in Chinese institutions is meant to create a high standard of education across the country. No matter where you choose to study in China, you can be certain your education will be top notch.


Career opportunities

China has recently surpassed Japan with the second largest global economy, making career opportunities for international students increasingly available! In order to work in China after graduation, you would have to be able to speak Chinese and have a basic understanding of Chinese culture, but the ability to work in a Chinese company would give you the opportunity to be successful in almost any major global economy. Studying internationally would allow time for you to learn the language and culture, and give you insight into the job market, which would give you advantages when competing for jobs.


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Cost of living

In comparison with the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan, China’s everyday cost of living is significantly less expensive. You would be able to eat a large meal for around £2 to £3, and round trip public transportation often costs less than 50 pence. Study visas can cost up to £75, but this is still significantly cheaper than visas needed to enter the United Kingdom. Rent, which can be the most expensive part of living abroad, is also very inexpensive. The average cost for a 3-bedroom flat in Beijing – the capital city – is only around £112 per month.


For more information on the cost of living in China, look here


Unparalleled experience

With a history over 4,000 years long, the Chinese have been innovators on almost every subject, including business, astronomy, martial arts, philosophy, and mathematics, while contributing heavily to the studies of art, literature, religion, and more. While it can be difficult to adapt to Chinese culture at first, the reward of experiencing a culture as rich and developed as it is in China is an unparalleled experience.


China is also one of the largest countries in the world. The geography varies from the Himalayan Mountains in the southwest, to the Gobi Desert in the North, to the costal east – meaning you can get sweeping mountains or sandy beaches, depending where you are. The possibility to explore the large country comes in handy too, with high speed (and affordable!) trains connecting major cities. No matter where you choose to study in China, you're guaranteed to have a life-changing and unforgettable experience!  

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Ella Frazer is a student at the University of Puget Sound studying English Literature and Religion. She is currently studying abroad in London and is busy enjoying the collection of museums, constantly losing her way, and being of legal drinking age. When she is not writing for Hotcourses Abroad, you can usually find her searching for manuscripts at the British Library.