In 2012, more than320,000 students from over 180 countries came to China to study for both degree and non-degree programs. Here are five reasons to join them. Studying in China is an excellent opportunity to explore the world's most populous country. You will experience China's unique blend of ancient and modern civilization, as well as its scenic beauty and bustling nightlife. Visit new places with other students from around the world that you'll meet, and you'll find yourself opening your eyes not just to China, but to the whole world.
The study of the Chinese language opens the way to different important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history or archaeology. But to study Chinese finally means to study a culture, a people. At the heart of Chinese civilization is its rich heritage of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and, more recently, film. They reflect the values, the struggles, the sensibility, the joys and the sorrows of this great people and often offer insights even into the most intimate feelings of people in the past or into high-level Beijing politics at he present that cannot be found anywhere else. These works help you understand what is behind the language, what makes it powerful, and how it actually functions in Chinese society. To be at ease and effective in a Chinese environment learning the language is half the battle, but knowing about the culture behind the language is the other.
Universities in China
China has 25 institutions in the QS World University Rankings® 2013/2014. All but one of the C9 league are within the top 10 universities in China, according to this year’s ranking. These are: Peking University (ranked 46 in the world); Tsinghua University (48); Fudan University (88); Shanghai Jiao Tong University (123); Zhejiang University (165); University of Science and Technology of China (174); Nanjing University (175=), and Xi'an Jiao Tong University (372). The only C9 university not in the country’s top 10 is the Harbin Institute of Technology (491-500).
The remainder of Chinese universities that feature in this year’s rankings are all part of Project 211, suggesting that the project is on track for success.
In 2012, China was the fifth most popular study destination for US students (source: Open Doors). It was also the leading place of origin for international students to the US. And China.org.cn reports that about 320,000 overseas students chose to study in China in 2012, an increase of 55,000 since 2010.
The government intends to raise the number of international students to 500,000 by 2020. As part of its plan to achieve this, it will provide scholarships for 50,000 international students by 2015.