According to a survey done by Tsinghua University, international students from developed nations are more inclined to focus on language studies in China. But for those from developing nations, China's degree courses, such as medical science and engineering, are much more popular...The survey also shows that roughly 60% of the international students are from Asia.
Around 10 percent of the international students are supported by Chinese government scholarships while the remainder are studying at their own expense. And China's developed first-tier cities -- such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Guangzhou, with higher educational standards -- are the most popular destinations for these international students.
Which universities are preferred by these international students? Do they share similar preferences to Chinese students?
Before answering that question, let's look at the choices of some famous international students who decided to study in China.We begin with Ethiopia's new president, Mulatu Teshome. In the 1970s, he studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University for one year, before switching to Peking University, where he successively obtained his BA, MA, and PhD degrees. Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, received military commander training at the PLA National Defense University.
Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung studied at China's Guangxi Normal University in the 1950s. Besides these, many other world leaders are the recipients of honorary doctorate degrees from universities, such as Renmin University of China, Tsinghua University, Peking University or Fudan University. So what we believe are the best universities in China are also polular with international students. But they don't have a monopoly on the market, and some lower-profile universities in China have also developed sound reputations internationally.