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5 Reasons Why Chinese Students Choose to Study Internationally

By Juwai, 22 February 2023
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Although China’s education industry is the largest education system globally and is an essential component of its tertiary sector, many Chinese students are still choosing to study abroad. 

Here are 5 reasons why Chinese students choose to head overseas for their university education plus the top 3 countries preferred by them. 


1. Secured future employments 

In recent years, we have seen a trend towards students working in the studying country before heading back to their home country. By doing so, Chinese students believe that overseas education will enhance job prospects and career development. 


2. An elevated experience

The opportunity to experience a variety of languages, mouthwatering cuisines and different customs is exciting for newcomers. By absorbing a new cultural environment and learning from a different educational system, many students feel they have a more enriching experience than studying in their home country.

This leads to most Chinese students deciding to study in another country to develop a better understanding of other cultures and gain a wider mindset - especially if they worked in a global company. 


3. Preparation for immigration and working abroad

While preparing to study abroad, many Chinese students intend to move to the country they are currently studying due to factors such as a better livelihood and career pathways.

Usually, in the final year of their studies, these students would make an effort to scout job offers that matched their degrees. 

However, because of certain countries strict application processes and eligibility requirements, they'll prepare for the immigration process beforehand.


4. The opportunity to meet a diverse range of people

Experiencing the opportunity to make friendships with people from all around the world, from Japan to Switzerland, is a memory worth gaining as you study abroad.

Anyone can relate to studying, living and travelling with a diverse range of people – creating an international network of life-long friends and even calling themselves a family when you missed yours in your home country. 


5. Learning new languages

By studying in an English-speaking country, Chinese students can learn and improve their language skills. They can quickly pick up the new language and improve their grammar and vocabulary faster than if they had stayed in China.


Top 3 Countries preferred by Chinese Students

3. Canada

Canada, located in northern North America, has a high standard of life and environment, a wealthy culture and a developed economy, making it one of the world's most livable cities.

Canada's education system is known as one of the greatest in the world, and diplomas are recognized worldwide, allowing you to apply to top institutions worldwide with a high school diploma and advance your education with a university degree.


2. Australia

Australia is located in the southern hemisphere of the South Pacific Ocean. It has a wealth of excellent natural resources, a lovely climate and an easy and informal way of life. There is also an English idiom that describes Australia as "the lucky nation," which means that Australia is more fortunate in all respects, regardless of climate, history, or culture.

The level of education and teaching grades is rather high, generating brilliant students each year while also allowing them to develop their own skills as much as possible. Many of Australia's most famous institutions have a global reputation. 


1. The United States

When most individuals consider studying abroad, the United States is the first option that comes to mind!

The United States of America continues to live up to its reputation as the most popular destination for Chinese students, according to research released in the 2020 White Paper on Studying in China. 

As a world powerhouse, the United States possesses the best quality higher education and the most prominent colleges in the world.