If you’re thinking of studying abroad in China, you’ll be in good company.
China is officially one of the top ten most popular study abroad destinations in the world, attracting students from all over the globe.
There are a few explanations surrounding this development, including marketing efforts, the economy and job prospects.
1. China’s Desire to Go Global
China’s goal of going global is easier to meet when it’s a premier study abroad destination. After all, when you attract hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world, they tend to take a little bit of Chinese culture back with them.
That’s probably why China has a goal of enrolling more than 500,000 students from other countries by 2020. This sounds ambitious, but it’s definitely an attainable objective.
2. A Strong Economy
More students than ever now decide to stay in China after completing their study abroad program. The main reason for this is China’s economy, which is growing quickly.
Students who study a Chinese language (Mandarin is the most popular) tend to be among those most likely to stay, because it’s easy for them to take advantage of the job opportunities there.
If you aren’t familiar with Chinese, but are determined to learn it, consider taking some classes at your current college so you can learn the basics before heading off to China. Once you master it, you can even take classes taught entirely in Mandarin or Cantonese.
3. Jobs for Students
Even those who don’t originally plan to stay after studying abroad are finding it hard to resist. This is because the Chinese government has made it possible for foreign students to find employment. Before, they weren’t permitted to accept internships or part-time jobs while studying abroad in China.
But now, foreign students can get paid internships and part-time work. They simply have to clear it with Chinese immigration officials and the host school they are attending. It is expected that this policy change will attract even more students who are considering studying abroad in China.
Even the White House urges students to study abroad in China! Are you thinking of giving this study abroad destination a try?