Studying Abroad in China
Each year, China attracts more and more international students to study abroad. There are more than 2,000 higher education institutions and partnerships with schools and universities around the world are increasing. In fact, the Chinese government aims to attract 500,000 students by 2020.
The main reason most students study abroad in China is to learn Chinese. Chinese is becoming increasingly useful and is one of the most difficult and complex languages in the world. It is not necessary to be fluent in Chinese to study in China. The country’s largest universities (Tsinghua, Jiaotong, Fudan) have created courses tailored for foreign students who want to learn Chinese. Known as “cultural and linguistic international centers”, these universities bring together students of all nationalities into their language programs.
Chinese universities often test each student’s Chinese level before acceptance. Based on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) was established by the Chinese authorities and is used by universities as a metric of Chinese proficiency.
Here is a list of the best universities in China:
- Tsinghua 清华大学
- Peking University 北京大学
- Beijing Language and Culture University 北京语言大学
- Shanghai Jiaotong University 大学
- Fudan University 复旦大学
- East China Normal University 华东师范大学
- Tongji University 同济大学
- Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou 广东外语外贸大学
- Shenzhen University 深圳大学
- University of Hong Kong 香港大學
- Nanjing Normal University 南京师范大学
Useful link: CUCAS
CUCAS is a comprehensive resource for international students looking to study in China. It provides a search engine to find Chinese universities and courses across the country, including both undergraduate and graduate programs as well as summer/winter programs. Not only that, but CUCAS can also provide assistance to you when you study in China, from aiding you in the application process to picking you up at the airport.
Studying Abroad in South Korea
Interest in Korean language and culture rose sharply as a result of the fast growing popularity of the Hallyu, the Korean cultural wave. Thus, the number of students interested in studying abroad in Korea is increasing. One of the most important decisions these students need to make is which university they will study at.
At universities that host foreign students, around 30% of all courses are instructed in English. This percentage is higher in master programs. Some universities have opened international degrees so that students can pursue their courses entirely in English. The most popular universities and language schools are located in Seoul, the capital South Korea.
Here is a list of the Top 5 Universities in South Korea:
- Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
- Seoul National University
- Korea University
- Sogang University
- Yonsei University
Useful link: Study in Korea
Study in Korea is a government-run website specially for international students looking to study in Korea. It includes information on both government and other scholarships as well as schools and programs in Korea. It also offers resources for daily life and a section for those interested in learning Korean.
Studying Abroad in Japan
Japan’s rich culture, history, and technology has brought in many students to study abroad and learn Japanese. There are over 140,000 international students studying in Japan and the Japanese government aims to bring in 300,000 foreign students by 2020.
Most study abroad programs will focus on language and culture. Some programs may require a minimum of 1 year of learning the language while some have no requirements. A typical undergraduate degree takes 4 years to obtain while a degree in medicine takes 6 years to obtain. The EJU (Examination for Japanese University) is a language test international students must take to test their Japanese language proficiency as well as proficiency in other subjects.
Here is a list of of the Top Universities in Japan:
- University of Tokyo
- Kyoto University
- Osaka University
- Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Keio University
Useful link: Study in Japan
Studying Abroad in India
In the past years, India has attracted students of all nationalities to enroll in its many universities and other higher education institutions. Studying abroad in India has several advantages. These include a high quality level of education, lower costs compared to other countries, interaction with one of the world’s major economic powers and access to a rich lifestyle of colors and cultures.
Studying abroad in India is an important asset to your resume when you launch yourself in the international labor market. Thus, if you too wish to pursue your higher education in India, you must first learn the formalities and customs of the college. Most colleges welcome a large number of international and local students.
The Indian higher education system is very extensive and includes, among others, nearly 700 establishments (2014). You will find 46 central universities, 319 state universities, 186 private universities in the state, 130 other institutions of higher education, 52 institutions of national importance, and 4 other regional institutions. Most of these universities are located in major Indian cities such as the capital of Delhi, Mumbai,Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad.
Indian universities offer similar programs of study to those offered in Europe. Thus, the typical bachelors degree takes 3 years (4 years for engineering courses) to obtain, masters takes 2 years to obtain and PhD takes 3 years to obtain. Courses are conducted in English.
Below is a list of the best universities in India:
- Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai
- University of Delhi
- Indian Institute of Science
- Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur
- University of Kolkata
Useful link: Study in India