8 Reasons Why You Should Study in China
Eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture. This is because it is pronounced “ba” which sounds similar to “fa” – meaning to prosper. The 2008 Beijing Olympics started on the 8th of August (08/08/08) for this reason. Here are 8 reasons to study in China:
8 Reasons to Study in China
1. Get quality education
Chinese Universities are internationalizing and China is now Asia’s education hub. It is also one of the top three education hubs in the world. With numbers rising each year, international student population is expected reach 500,000 by 2020.
Students can come to China and study Chinese-taught programs but did you know that there are over 5,000 English-taught courses in the country as well? From semester, undergraduate, master’s to PhD programs, top Chinese universities offer a wide range of programs in different subject areas.
With quality education, Chinese Universities are climbing up the international rankings fast. International students can benefit from leading professors and excellent teaching quality. But more than that, it is the relationships you make, the life experiences of living and exploring another culture that will
China has one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The country is a leader in global economy and home to great scientists and inventions such as paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass.
There is a great deal we can learn from Chinese culture. China has a wealth of ideas that we can share across cultures which are helpful to our academic pursues and career.
2. Affordable tuition fee
With the comparatively low tuition fees and living costs, studying in China can often be cheaper than studying in your home country. Students from US or Europe can save a substantial amount of money. As an example, the subway in Beijing costs 2 RMB for each trip, and you can buy a beer for the same price (the cost of text books are low too).
3. High employability rate
Studying in China will make you more employable in two ways:
Studying in China makes you stand out from the rest, you can learn Chinese, live in a new culture, and come back to your home country you will have grown as a person, learnt new skills and be more employable.
“The value of a student’s international experience goes beyond purely the acquisition of language – it lies in the ability to see business and personal issues from other than your own cultural perspective.”
Charles Macleod, Head of UK Resourcing, PricewaterhouseCooper
4. Center of the world is shifting east – be at the center of it!
With China now the second largest economy in the world, and the most populous country in the world, the center of economic gravity is shifting east. Now is the best time to be at the center of it all.
5. Travel to China
China is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and if you are studying in China you can take trips during the holidays. Climb the Great Wall of China, ride camels in the desert down the silk road, take a boat down the Yangtze, see the Hanging temple of Datong and explore the beautiful scenery in the different parts of China.
6. Learn Chinese
There are more Chinese speakers in the world than any other language, and being able to speak Chinese allows you to communicate with Chinese speakers which is great for travelling in China, business, and your career, literally opening the door to a whole new world of opportunities.
There are many other benefits to learning Chinese. It gives an insight into Chinese culture, and understanding Chinese thinking which helps to broaden the mind. There are reports that learning Chinese can make you more intelligent.
7. Broaden your network
Chinese people are generally warm, friendly and welcoming to foreigners. Broaden your network by building new relationships with Chinese and international people. If you plan on working in China in the future you will need to spend some time in China to develop some connections (guanxi), studying in China will give you the opportunity to build connections with your classmates (international and Chinese). Relationships are an important part of Chinese culture.
8. Challenge yourself, grow, become a better version of you
Studying in China is new, exciting, and a little bit scary. Push yourself, expand your comfort zone, grow and improve.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain