One-Quarter of World’s International Students Are Chinese, Report Shows



(Yicai Global) Dec. 13 -- One-quarter of all international students are Chinese, the findings of a recent report show.

Some 1.26 million Chinese studied abroad last year, accounting for about 25 percent of the total, according to the latest annual report from the Center for China and Globalization. Chinese students also go abroad at an increasingly younger age with the numbers of international primary and middle schoolers seeing large gains.

There were 124,552 Chinese undergraduates in the US between 2014 and 2015, outstripping for the first time the number of Chinese postgraduates in the country.

Over the past five years, there has been a nearly three-fold increase in the number of Chinese students in American middle and high schools, with the youngest only 10 years old, according to last year’s figures from the US Department of Homeland Security. During the same period, the number of Chinese children enrolled in US kindergartens, primary and high schools surged almost four times to 34,578, accounting for about half of all foreign such students in the country.

Furthermore, Chinese students make up more than 30 percent of the total international student population in the US and Canada, the report shows. China is also the biggest source of international students in countries influenced by the Chinese language such as Japan, South Korea and Singapore. In South Korea, for example, 62 percent of foreign students were from China in 2015.

The CCG published yesterday its Annual Report on the Development of Chinese Students Studying Abroad (2016).