8 Reasons to Study in China
1) – Get a better education
Chinese Universities are internationalising, China is now Asia’s education hub and one of the top 3 global education hubs. With numbers rising each year, there are expected to be over 500,000 international students by 2020.
Students can come to study Chinese in China but
Did you know that there are over 5,000 University courses taught in English in China?
From semester, to undergraduate, master’s and PhD programs programs at top Chinese Universities.
With high class education and rapidly developing institutions, Chinese Universities are climbing up the international rankings, international students can benefit from leading professors and teaching quality. But as any employer will tell you (see later points) education is much more than that; it is the relationships you make, the life experience of living and exploring another culture.
Chinese culture is over 5000 years old, and was for a long time the leading economy in the world, producing great scientists and inventions such as paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass. There is a great deal we can learn from China and Chinese culture, and ideas that we can share across cultures that can make us more effective in our studies and career. And did you know that studying abroad in another culture makes you more creative?
2) – Save money – don’t graduate with so much student debt!
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) – Make yourself more employable
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) – Centre of the world is shifting east – be in the centre of it!
With China’s growing economy, now the second largest economy in the world, and the most populous country in the world, the centre of economic gravity is shifting east. Have a look at the map below – did you know there are more people living inside this circle than outside it? How about studying in the centre of it?
5) Travel in China
China is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and if you are studying in China you can take trips in 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. Explore the beautiful scenery in the different parts of China.
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