Survey: More Chinese students considering studies abroad

14:23, January 27, 2010      

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According to a recent report by the Information Times, China's well-known educational group, Beijing International Education Institute (BIEI) released China's first 2010 survey report on Chinese students' intentions to study abroad.

The survey covered nearly 6,000 university and middle school students and their parents in 13 major cities - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Wuhan, Changsha, Jinan, Qingdao, Dalian, Shenyang and Chongqing.

It aims at researching the Chinese students' target countries for their overseas studies, their current educational background, their goals for overseas studies and comprehensive considerations on overseas studies.

Target countries: 31 percent of students in Guangzhou select the U.S.

According to the report, the favorite countries of Chinese university and middle school students who are seeking overseas studies are the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, France, Singapore and Gemany. The first 3 countries remain the major traditional target countries – the U.S. (favored by 43 percent of the respondents), the U.K. (19 percent) and Australia (12 percent).

The main body of overseas Chinese students: junior middle school students become the third largest source of overseas Chinese students

Among the Chinese Students who intend to study abroad, those with a bachelor's degree account for 60 percent while senior middle school students and those with a master's degree account for 22.6 percent and 10 percent respectively. On the other hand, 37.56, 24.67 and 12.29 percent of these Chinese students plan to go abroad in 1 year, 2 years and 6 months respectively. Therefore, studying abroad will become a strong trend in China for 2010.

More than 50 percent of the above-mentioned Chinese students plan to obtain a master's degree at a foreign university. According to analysis by Li Zhu, a senior expert, 25.09 percent of the students are senior middle school students who intend to study at foreign universities. In addition, statistics show that nearly 12.96 percent of the above-mentioned Chinese students are junior middle school students. They intend to enter senior middle schools in foreign countries, becoming the third largest source of Chinese overseas students.

Business sciences remain popular among Chinese students

However, as for the "favorite majors," nearly 30 percent of the Chinese students chose business sciences including finance and accounting, marketing and business administration. Business sciences are even more popular among the students bound for Britain, the U.S. and Australia. It is said that about 70 percent of Britain-bound Chinese students plans to study business sciences.

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