US and UK still top Chinese study sites
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.