Studying in Asia

Asia has quietly become one of the most preferred study destinations for Chinese students. Noticeably, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Japan has experienced continuous growth for 7 years. At the end of 2019, 120,000 mainland Chinese were studying there, amounting to approx. 40% of the total number of international students in Japan. Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong offer the attraction of language and cultural proximity. There are 20,000 Chinese studying in Singapore and 10,000 each in Malaysia and Hong Kong, with a reported annual growth rate of 15-20%. The interchange between Hong Kong and the mainland are seeing a shortfall, but not as severe as some may think. A recent Hong Kong survey conducted by a student club in Hong Kong indicated the willingness of students to study in mainland China has decreased from 20% to 15%. Singapore is particularly attractive in the K-12 sector; it permits accompanying parents to work locally and is also attractive in its widely known government scholarships and talent retaining policy. Amongst the 20,000 Chinese studying in Singapore, 10% of them are on Singaporean government scholarships.

Despite only three new Sino-Thailand joint programs being approved in recent years, an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Chinese are studying in Thailand.

Pricing is one of the major attractions for studying in Asia vs, US and Europe, the total costs for tuition and living is usually less than half of what it would be in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia; the Asian campuses of western universities offers approx. ¼ of the universities’ tuition through its pathway program. South-East Asia is also less impacted by COVID and a number of international travel routes have resumed.

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