According to 2011 statistics, the greatest number of international students studying in China came from South Korea with a total of 62,442 students. Next on the list was the United States with 23,292 and then Japan with 17,961 students.
While there has been a noticeable increase of students from the United States and Thailand over the past 5 years; South Korean students has held relatively flat; and the number of students from Japan has switched places with the United States — from 2nd to 3rd — after 2007.
As shown in the chart below, the number of students coming from Europe to China was also significant with a total of 47,271 students.
Recently, there has been a positive campaign to send a target of more than 100,000 students to China from the United States. Roughly 1/3 of all Chinese students study English whereas an estimated 60,000 students in the United States are learning (Mandarin) Chinese.
♦ Food for Thought ♦
Although 2014/2013 statistics about South Korean students have not been officially released yet, it is very likely (highly probable) that the United States will now be the country that’s sending the most number of students to China – more than any other country.
♦ Related Outside Stories and External Links via the World Wide Web ♦
- International Students in China > Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Study in China > China Scholarship Council
- Michelle Obama Wants to Balance the U.S.-China Education Deficit
- Study in China – 100K Strong Foundation
- 10,000 Scholarships Available to U.S. Students to Study in China
- Only 1% of U.S. and U.K. Study-Abroad Students Interested in China
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