STUDY IN CHINA
These day Students looking to study abroad have an increasing number of options and China is becoming more and more popular, they also provides accommodation for international students. Here are five reasons to consider joining the throngs of international students already there.
China is an increasingly popular destination for students from around the world, with the number of international students in China gradually increasing in the past 10 years. China is already the fourth most popular destination for travel generally and has the third-largest population of international students, behind the US and the UK.
This number has been growing by an average of 10 percent a year for the past 10 years, a far quicker growth rate than any other popular study-abroad destination.
Five reasons to study in China:
These days students from all over the world, looking forward to study abroad have an increasing number of options and China is becoming more and more popular year by year . Here are five reasons to consider joining the throngs of international students already there.
- China as Education hub is growing trend
China is an increasingly popular destination for students from around the world, with the number of international students in China gradually increasing in the past 10 years.China is already the fourth most popular destination for travel generally and has the third-largest population of international students, behind the US and the UK. This number has been growing by an average of 10 percent a year for the past 10 years, a far quicker growth rate than any other popular study-abroad destination.
- There are more options than ever
Over the past 10 years, international visitors and students have been going “deeper” into China, choosing to travel to a wider range of cities than before.In the past, Shanghai and Beijing were the only cities where it was common to see international students. But in 2006, nearly 50 percent of international students were in Beijing or Shanghai, but this has fallen to 32 percent.These days, there are 13 cities across China with more than 10,000 international students, with seven cities having more than 20,000 students. Popular cities include Guangdong in the south of China and Liaoning, north of Beijing.
- Chinese universities have a growing reputation.
Whether the student intends to secure a graduate job or continue studying at postgraduate level, the reputation of the university is important for the future prospects. Chinese universities are increasingly well respected; the number included in major global university rankings has risen significantly over the past five years, particularly compared with the UK, which has fallen in many rankings. In 2011, there were only six Chinese universities in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, whereas in 2015-2016 there were 37, more than either Canada or Australia.
- The government is investing heavily 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 percent of all international students new to China received government sponsorship. The number of scholarships available has increased fivefold since 2006.
- It could be great for your career
Knowledge and experience of China is an increasingly valuable asset in many industries. As the fourth most popular destination for international travel, with nearly 12 million business trips to China in 2015, the country is growing in economic and cultural significance. Experience of China and Chinese, which is the third most popular language to learn in the world, could give you a great career boost.
The Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities. China Scholarship Council (CSC, entrusted by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, is responsible for the enrollment and the administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs. Now, 279 designated Chinese universities offer a wide variety of academic programs in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Economics, Legal Studies, Management, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Fine Arts for scholarship recipients at all levels.
Scholarship providers in China
1) Central Government
2) Provincial Government
The requirements for applicants' degree and age are that applicants must:
Bachelor's - under the age of 25
Master's under the age of 35
Doctoral Programs- Under the age of 40
Required Documents in duplicate
1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (written in Chinese or English)
2. Notarized highest diploma's photocopy
3. Academic transcripts ï¼ˆwritten in Chinese or English
4. A Study Plan or Research Proposal written in Chinese or English
This should be a minimum of 200 words for undergraduate students, 500 words for non-degree students, and 800 words for graduate students.
5. Two Recommendation Letters written in Chinese or English;
6. A CD of your own works only required for arts students;
7. Valid documents of your legal guardians in China only required for applicants under the age of 18;
8. Foreigner Physical Examination Form photocopy, written in English, only required for applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months)
Average living costs in Chinese cities
Beijing is one of the most expensive city and you will need between 700 and 1,000 USD/month to cover your expenses.
Shanghai and Shenzhen are the second most expensive cities, as you would spend between 800 and 1,200 USD/month.
In all the other Chinese cities, you could fairly manage with just 450 – 700 USD/month.
Although Shanghai and Beijing are known as some of the most expensive cities to live in the world, you can find several affordable options for housing in these metropolitan cities. Rates are even lower in places like Tianjin, Jiangsu or Sichuan.
The most common housing options in China are:
Student residence halls – prices range between 150 and 400 USD/month.
Renting a flat – the average rate is between 300 and 1,000 USD/month for a one-bedroom apartment (depending on the city, the location of the apartment and the included facilities).
Homestay – between 350 and 550 USD/month.
Hostel – usually chosen by international students as a temporary option; rates start at 18 USD/night for a private room.
Living with a roommate whether in a student residence or in an apartment is the most common option among international students to save money.
All accommodation (mainly student residences and apartments) require a security deposit: 300 to 460 USD.
Utility bills: around 50 USD/month on water, gas, and electricity.