China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students because of its long history and exciting culture.
Today over 200,000 students choose to study in China per year and this number continues to rise.
Studying in China provides you with a one of the most fantastic study and travel experiences possible! The advantages of choosing China as your study destination include:
• Travel – China is like no other place on earth. Its unique blend of ancient and modern civilization is truly awe inspiring. China is a vast country; not only is it the most populous in the world but you will also be able to experience an array of climates and see incredible sites of natural and man-made beauty.
• Affordability – The cost of studying and living in China is still significantly cheaper than western Europe (including the UK), the USA, Japan, Australia and South Korea.
• Economics – China is the world’s fastest growing economy and has been for the past 30 years. The IMF predict that China will overtake the USA by the year 2016 to become the world’s largest economy. So in terms of career advancement you can see why China is the most important place to have direct knowledge and experience of.
• High Quality Education – Many of China’s degree programmes such as engineering, medicine, economics, MBA and science are respected across the globe. China’s C9 universities are aspiring to compete with the USA’s Ivy League over the next couple of decades. China also offers a large variety of degrees taught in English. Unsurprisingly the ascent of China’s education system mirrors that of its economy.
Higher Education in China
China education is the largest education system in the world. There are more than 20 million students enrolled in China's higher education institutions. Investment in education accounts for about 4% of total GDP in China. In 1986, the Chinese government passed a compulsory education law, making nine years of education mandatory for all Chinese children. Today, the Ministry of Education estimates that 99.7 percent of the population area of the country has achieved universal nine-year basic education.
International students have enrolled in over 590 higher education institutions throughout the country. China has a long history of providing education to international students studying in high schools and universities in China. Over the past few years, the number of international students who study abroad in China has significantly increased every year.
The higher education sector has growth as well. China has increased the proportion of its college-age population in higher education to over 20 percent now from 1.4 percent in 1978. At the same time, China is seeking to improve the quality of education through a major effort at curriculum reform.
China has a consistent teacher development system. Teaching has historically been and remains today a highly respected profession in China. Teachers have strong preparation in their subject matter and prospective teachers spend a great deal of time observing the classrooms of experienced teachers, often in schools attached to their universities. Once teachers are employed in school, there is a system of induction and continuous professional development in which groups of teachers work together with master teachers on lesson plans and improvement.
Why Learn Chinese
Chinese is the language of nearly 20% of the world’s population. Native Chinese speakers not only live in Mainland China, but also Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and overseas Chinese communities all over the world. Unlike most languages, Chinese has a unique ideographic writing system, which provides visual comprehensibility. The grammatical structure of Chinese is not only logical, but also pragmatic, related to the particular way of Chinese thinking.
International students choose to study Chinese language with the expectation of better employment opportunities in fields such as travel, news media, academics, diplomatic work, financial, trade, banking and a lot more. With China as an emerging economic superpower, understanding the Chinese language and the value acquired by speaking Chinese (Mandarin) is becoming increasingly important.
GRADUATE SUMMER SCHOOLS IN CHINA
Now is a great time to start planning for the summer. Graduate Summer school deadlines are fast approaching so make sure you don’t miss out on the fantastic chance to use the months of July and August to gain a qualification which could set you apart from other graduates.
What is a Graduate Summer School
Universities around the world run 6 week intensive courses over the summer months, whilst full time students are taking a break. These often prepare graduates for Masters Degrees and MBAs. By gaining a summer school qualification your credentials when applying for Masters or MBA will be massively enhanced. Some Summer school courses are described as ‘pre MBA boot camps’ or ‘pre Masters courses’. Summer schools also enable you to ‘get your toes wet’, in a manner of speaking, and make an accurate decision about whether to embark upon a Masters or MBA, which could last one or two years. The last thing you would want to do is take a postgraduate course and find out that it wasn’t quite what you were expecting. Summer schools enable you to find out more before taking such a big decision.
If you are a graduate who would like to gain some experience studying abroad then summer schools can offer you the opportunity to do this over a short period of time. Your CV will of course benefit massively by showing that you have undertaken a Summer school abroad and the length of the courses means that you will not have to spend too long away from home. Universities and colleges will also often offer their own student accommodation or halls of residence for you to stay in, whilst the full time students are away. Which makes sorting out where to stay etc, very easy.
As another plus, socially you will be mixing with other graduates from all over the world with similar interests, which is an ideal environment to make great contacts and friends.
Options from schools and institutions across the globe have diverse focuses, lengths and styles. So make sure you put in the research before deciding which Summer school to choose.
Why choose a Summer school in China
By choosing to take your Summer school in China, you will be able to show that you have experienced studying within the world’s second largest and fastest growing economy, which will surely give you an extremely enviable CV! As well as all of the incredible cultural experiences you will gain by studying in what could currently be described as the most important nation in the world.
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