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Three fields to study in China

What do international students tend to study while abroad in China? Learn why students are studying Medicine, Engineering, and Chinese language...

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As China is welcoming more and more international students each year, creating more programmes in English and continuing to be up to 70% cheaper than studying in the US or UK, there are many reasons to study in this great country. If you’re not quite sure what you want to study, here are three career paths that international students in China are succeeding in. Check them out and get inspired!


Clinical Medicine

In 2014, more than 10,000 international students were studying medicine in China. Many universities offer programmes in English, and medical schools in China are often easier to get into than those in the United States, United Kingdom, India and Pakistan.


There are 49 approved medical schools in China, and all of them are public. These schools are regulated by the Chinese government and are structured to prepare students to practice medicine on a global level. Degrees from these medical schools are recognised by many developed nations, making it easier for graduates to get jobs.


Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Tsinghua University all have strong medical programmes.



Engineering is the second most popular programme for international students behind medicine, even though China produces the most engineering graduates in the world. Engineers need to be driven, intelligent and creative, and a degree in engineering teaches students to be logical thinkers and problem solvers. Engineering is also one of the best paid career paths in the world.


Studying engineering in China gives the student a lot of choice, as many Chinese universities have strong programmes in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Tsinghua University is considered one of the best universities for electrical engineering, while Tongji University has a great civil engineering programme.


Chinese Language

Studying Mandarin Chinese can open up opportunities to work in education, business, engineering, medicine, and more! China’s economy is growing rapidly and becoming more and more important globally, and learning Chinese can help give you an advantage when searching for a career. Other countries, especially the United States, are expanding Mandarin programmes in primary and secondary schools to prepare children to compete in a global job market. There are also opportunities for Chinese language speakers to teach English in China, which can make it easier to get a different job in China later on due to strict visa regulations. Learning Chinese would definitely give you skills that set you apart from other students, and studying in China would be an experience you would never forget!