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Chinese students at Australian schools

Numbers of Chinese students are continuing to rise dramatically in Australian secondary schools. Eleanor Healy discovers what draws juniors to this country and how they cope with the transition.

With increasing pressure for youngsters in China to obtain a western education, Australian schools have seen a significant rise in the number of new Chinese enrolments since visa rules were relaxed in 2014, allowing international adolescents to apply for a student visa as early as Year 7 (11 years). According to statistics published by the Australian Trade Commission, there was a 20 per cent increase in the number of new Chinese student enrolments in 2014 compared with the previous year, with 8,386 Chinese students enroling in Australian public and private schools in 2014. With Australia home to nine universities in the Times Higher Education’s top 200 Global Universities list, and China having just three in comparison, Australian schools are seen as a pathway to academic success.

So what does such a large proportion of Chinese students see in their Asia-Pacific neighbour? “Australia is in a similar time zone to China, there are increased direct flights to regional cities in China and English is the spoken language,” explains Antony Mayrhofer, Director of Learning Services at St Paul’s Grammar School in NSW. Aside from these benefits, the opportunity to earn a higher salary back in China increases dramatically if a student can obtain a degree from a university in the UK, USA or Australia.

Currently, Chinese students make up the largest proportion of international students at St Paul’s and Antony explains that this nationality faces distinct challenges when they arrive to study at the school. “The focus in current Chinese education is on recall of facts whereas in Australia it is more on developing critical thinking skills that will be able to be applied in new and future situations,” he says. This contrast in education styles and approach to life can come as quite a culture shock to Chinese students and Antony says that living with an Australian family in the local community can “help support the students through such transitions”.

Just under a third of students at Canning College in WA are from China. Of the many issues faced by this nationality, language and communication problems are a regular occurrence. English language tuition in Chinese high schools is known for its primary focus on academic achievement – tuition is reading and writing heavy, so often when Chinese students arrive in Australia, they have difficulty speaking English, resulting in the so-called ‘mute English’ problem, a common issue with Chinese students who can understand English but cannot verbally communicate with English speakers.

In an attempt to crack this issue, as well as improving the educational outcomes of all Chinese students at the school, Tony de Gruchy, Director of the International Office at Canning College, says “Nearly all Chinese students undertake an intensive English programme before entering the school.” On top of this, the college offers intensive orientation programmes for Chinese students, while staff members working in the international office – 46 of which have visited China and toured partner schools, meeting students, parents and teachers – are highly trained and aware of the characteristics of Chinese students. Visiting China has allowed staff to “develop more empathy and sympathy for the students embracing a new environment,” says Tony.

At All Saints Anglican School in QLD where “there has been a marked increase in applications [from Chinese students] over the past two years”, youngsters from China are their top nationality, says the school’s Director of International Education, Michael Bartlett. However, as a result of this increase since visa rules were changed, the school has been forced to cap mainland Chinese student numbers. On top of over-crowding, another reason for the school’s decision is, again, the apparent difficulty Chinese students face with the change in education styles between China and Australia. “Parents seem to easily obtain good academic reports for their children, so this can be problematic when assessing a student’s application for enrolment,” observes Michael. With almost every pupil being given an impressive school report, it is tough for schools to foresee how they will fare in a new academic environment.

Despite this, the total number of Chinese high school students is expected to continue to expand. “Australia is a safe country and there are many opportunities for sport and outdoor activities. The clean air, environment and easy-living lifestyle is a significant attraction to overseas students,” states Antony at St Paul’s. At Canning College, their pathway programme for overseas students “provides students with insights and skills which will reduce the ‘shocks’ encountered when the students arrive in Perth,” reports Tony. With more and more orientation and intensive English language programmes being offered by Australian schools, the process of studying abroad at such a young age is made easier and considerably less daunting. ellie@studytravel.network

What next?

For many international Chinese students, secondary school is just the beginning of their Australian education experience. “Most study at Australian universities which have a very good reputation internationally and lead to successful transition into the Australian workplace, with the opportunity to apply for Australian residency,” says Antony Mayrhofer at St Paul’s Grammar School in NSW.

Michael Bartlett from All Saints Anglican School in QLD reports that “many [Chinese students] are looking for careers linked to an immigration agenda,” whilst Tony de Gruchy at Canning College in WA observes that many look for further education opportunities, “with popular courses in the areas of commerce/business, engineering, sciences – health sciences are seeing a significant increase – and computing.” Hospitality, tourism and cooking courses are also popular vocational options.

Returning home is, of course, another choice for secondary school students, but most tend to take up a place at an Australian university, and save going back until after they have obtained a degree. Having a ‘western’ education can certainly get you places in China’s job market, and as a result the Australian Trade Commission has projected the number of high school students will continue to grow.
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