30 Jun

Where are Chinese students going for study abroad?


A recent survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong shows that the United States is still at the top position when Chinese students choose their destinations for study abroad. France ranks the second in the report, overtaking the U.K. who has been in the second position for many years.

According to the report, the survey was conducted between March and April, 2007 in 7 cities among 13,000 students who are going to graduate in July this year. It appears that part of the purpose of the survey is to find out how students in the mainland would view Hong Kong as one of their destinations for study outside the Chinese mainland. The result is that Hong Kong is actually in the 10th position. More detailed ranking is as follows:

  1. the United States 17.7%
  2. France 12.4%
  3. the U.K. 11.2%
  4. Canada 8.6%
  5. Australia 8.0%
  6. Singapore 6.7%
  7. Japan 6.7%
  8. South Korea 6.3%
  9. Germany 5.8%
  10. Hong Kong S.A.R. 3.8%

In respect to subject areas, the survey reveals that Economics and Management goes to the top, taking 24.4% in the survey, while Social Sciences taking 10.1% and Computer Science and Software Engineering taking 9.9%.

Given the fact that in the following 5 years, there are going to be about 10 million students looking for a seat in higher education each year, more and more graduates from secondary education would be forced to explore other options, since the capacity of higher education provision is limited and only half of the applicants can have the opportunity. The significance of the survey is that it provides with us some indications with regard to geographic preferences when people making their choices of study abroad.

1 Comment

  • I’m a little surprised Canada isn’t higher on the list. It’s cheaper than France and the UK, and there are so many Chinese students in Vancouver that I’ve heard people call the University of British Columbia (UBC) the “University of Brilliant Chinese.”

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