10 Reasons to Study in China

China has become one of the most popular study destinations for international students due to its rich history, incredible culture and future development. In 2016, over 440,000 foreign students came to China to study for either degree or language programs. Here are ten reasons to study in China:

1. Be part of China’s development

China has been the fastest growing country for the past 35 years. Many people underestimate how much China has developed, and still see China as a very rural country. However, in 2012, the number of Chinese people living in urban areas amounted to 712 million, representing 52.6% of the population compared to 25% in 1990.  Roads and skyscraper constructions are ongoing on daily basis. More and more people are moving to the middle class, and visiting the abundant shopping centers that appear on the corner of every street. These facts can definitely be found online, but being able to see the speed of development from within is bewildering.

2. Increase your career opportunities

As the world’s top 500 companies do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong and Shanghai, the opportunities for young students, to work at prestigious companies are numerous. China has opened itself up to the world, supporting foreign investment and economic collaboration. As such, there is a huge demand for people who can bridge the gap between this new growing China and the rest of the world. Due to the deficiency of people in the Western business world who can speak both Chinese and English, there’s an enormous demand for these skills, and this can of course mean very rewarding salaries. Although you may not become fluent in Mandarin during your study abroad, showing you are capable of learning a language to any standard gives you an advantage over applicants without broad language skills.

3. Removing language barriers

Knowing Mandarin, one of the world’s most-spoken languages, could open plenty of doors both in your career and personal life. Whether you intend to work in China, join a global company with Chinese partnerships, or work in non-profit organizations or on university campuses, being able to speak Mandarin will help your communication immensely. You don’t need to speak the language before studying in China; you can learn it once you arrive. MarcoPolo.Study offers a wide variety of English-taught degree programs and language courses that can help you learn Mandarin in no time.

4. Quality of education

China has become a popular destination for foreign students as the country aims to build more world-class universities and invests in improving the higher education system. Students who want to major in engineering, science, medicine, economics or trade, can find number of Chinese universities with outstanding reputation and English taught programs. In terms of the levels of qualifications achieved, the Chinese government has signed an agreement of mutual recognition of academic achievement qualifications with a number of countries including the United States, Britain, France and Japan. All universities offered by MarcoPolo.Study are part of the so called Project 211- project of National Key Universities and colleges initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. Bachelor and Master degrees obtained in universities part of Project 211 are recognized as equivalent in the Netherlands.

5.  It’s affordable

As a student, money is a big concern and always a continuous anxiety especially for students abroad. In Beijing, China’s most expensive city, you can live comfortably with approximately US$15/day. Renting an apartment costs around US$250-350 / month. Also, don’t overlook China’s smaller cities, where you have to pay US$150/month for a room on campus. Since private car ownership in China is a relatively recent occurrence,  it’s really easy to get around in China without a vehicle. China has one of the world’s most well-developed railway systems, making it both convenient and affordable to travel around. Urban public transport systems are also efficient, modern, and, in most cities, vastly superior to those in Western metropolises. The only downside is, with so many people, it’s not always easy to get a seat! Subway or bus ticket- around US$ 30 cents. Taxi per kilometer- US$ 30 cents.

6. Study at a university on the rise

China’s leading institutions have a growing presence in the international league tables. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 shows two Chinese schools listed in the top 30 for the first time. So, if you value a world-leading education and a degree on your CV that’s likely to keep gaining prestige in the decades to come, China’s for you.

7. Scholarships

The Chinese government is investing greatly in international students. Financial support is an important factor in the decision to study abroad and the Chinese government is offering a wide range of funding opportunities to attract international students, including more than 40,000 scholarships at 277 institutions. In 2015, 40 % of all international students who came to China received government sponsorship. The number of scholarships available has increased five times since 2006. Find out more how MarcoPolo.Study can help you find the most suitable scholarship for you.

8. History

Wherever you study in China, you’ll be surrounded by ancient temples, palaces and structures next to modern skyscrapers and cutting edge technology. You’ll witness a constant arbitration between the old and the very new on a daily basis, and be granted many opportunities to explore some of the world’s most iconic sites and sights. Think the Great Wall, the giant pandas, the Terracotta army, the Forbidden City and the Rainbow Mountains.

9.Experiencing the culture firsthand

Although it may sound surprising, Chinese culture and people are very diverse and multicultural, consisting of 56 different ethnicities. For example, in Lijiang, in the southern province of Yunnan, twelve diverse minorities have lived together in social harmony for thousands of years, practicing an range of religions crossing from Chinese Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam. Compare that to totally different Inner Mongolia, where drinking Chinese rice wine is almost mandatory when entering the homes of locals, and whole lambs are eaten in one meal. You’ll run into unique customs and living and interacting with local Chinese will provide you with a new way of imagining the world and will give you the kind of understanding that doesn’t come from books.

10. Chinese food

Chinese cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. Each region has its own different taste and specialties.  In China, every restaurant offers the food from one province. And the differences between them are significant. Here are the main 8 types of different cuisines in China ranging from Sweeter to sour and sometimes spicy, often mouth-numbing flavors, using chili, garlic, ginger, and peanuts. If you value the diversity of flavors, China definitely is the place for you!

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