US and UK still top Chi­nese study sites

China Daily European Weekly - - CHINA NEWS -

Sur­vey of stu­dents plan­ning to go to school abroad, or their par­ents, finds that de­spite con­cerns about Trump poli­cies and Brexit, many stick to choices

re­ported a drop in for­eign ap­pli­ca­tions for the fall 2017 term— Mid­dle Eastern stu­dents down the most — The At­lantic re­ported onMay 13.

Although China was not di­rectly af­fect­ed­bythe travel ban, 25 per­cent of univer­si­ties saw un­der­grad­u­ate ap­pli­ca­tions fromChina de­cline and 32 per­cent had fewer Chi­nese grad­u­ate stu­dent ap­pli­ca­tions, the re­port said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, more than 540,000 Chi­nese stu­dents were study­ing in theUS last year, mak­ing it one of the largest source coun­tries for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

“We have no­ticed the in­flu­ence of Trump’s pol­icy and con­ducted an in­ter­nal sur­vey of our clients months ago,” says Sun Tao, ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent of Vi­sion Over­seas Con­sult­ing.

“We did feel the con­cerns and wor­ries of par­ents, but many of them stick to their choices in the US.”

In the sur­vey, 51 per­cent of re­spon­dents said in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal events did not af­fect their choices, and only 7 per­cent said they would change their choices of over­seas study coun­tries, Sun says.

The ed­u­ca­tion level, over­all na­tional power and na­tional cul­ture have been the main fac­tors in Chi­nese stu­dents’ and their par­ents’ choice of des­ti­na­tion coun­tries, the sur­vey added.

“In ad­di­tion, the full ef­fects of the pro­posed the US visa re­stric­tions have not be­come clearer, but they will raise the thresh­old for im­mi­grants to stay and work in US,” says Yu Zhongqiu, deputy head of Vi­sion Over­seas Con­sult­ing.

He adds that the pro­posed re­stric­tions re­quire im­mi­gra­tion ap­pli­cants to have an an­nual in­come of no less than $110,000 — “quite dif­fi­cult for new­grad­u­ates to meet”.

In the sur­vey, 73 per­cent planned to work in China af­ter grad­u­a­tion, com­pared with only 57 per­cent last year.

“More stu­dents than be­fore go over­seas to broaden their vi­sio­n­an­den­rich their ex­pe­ri­ences, and in­tend to re­turn home,” Yu says.

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