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October 2020

Chinese International Students are at a Crossroads

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For the most part, students and universities have managed to adjust to life amidst the pandemic, restructuring courses and learning techniques to cope with the problems COVID-19 has created. However, to keep current Chinese students and attract them in the future, universities need to begin looking ahead and ensure that they’re doing everything they can to support these students with the unique problems they face.

 

An Educational Crossroads

Many Chinese students aiming to study abroad now find themselves at a crossroads. For a variety of reasons, many Chinese students who have been planning to study abroad for years must now decide which path to take: should they take a gap year, follow through with their plans, or attend online classes? Each has their own benefits and drawbacks that students must weigh. To try to help alleviate this problem, several Chinese universities are allowing these students to join their joint degree programs with international partners. Some Western universities are also pairing up with partner institutions in China to offer in-person classes with transferable credits in addition to remote learning.  Despite all of this, 64% of Chinese students do not intend to change their study abroad plans. It’s still unclear what a globalised world after COVID-19 will look like, but international students will continue to be able to help bridge the gap between cultures and promote a global perspective.

 

Supporting Chinese Students

Most Chinese students still believe in the value of a Western education, despite current concerns. A survey of ~1,000 Chinese students planning to study abroad in the UK also shows that face-to-face learning is the most important factor when deciding whether or not to travel to study abroad, as opposed to taking remote courses. If Western universities want to continue to attract Chinese students, they must provide adequate support and understanding during this pandemic and after.

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