China attracts more international students

16 April, 2015

The number of international students in China grew by 5.77 per cent last year to 377,054, according to data released by the Ministry of Education (MoE).


The total covers all levels of study and 775 providers across 31 provinces, and there was an increase in students from most world regions, the MoE said.

According to the statistics, there were 164,394 international students in China on degree programmes in 2014, constituting 43.6 per cent of the total. Within that total, 47,990 students were pursuing postgraduate and PhD courses. The other 212,660 international students were on non-degree programmes.

Korea was comfortably the largest source country in 2014 with 62,923 students, followed by the USA (24,203), Thailand (21,296), Russia (17,202) and Japan (15,057).

The Asian continent provided 225,490 students, 59.8 per cent of the total international student body and a 2.58 per cent increase compared with the previous year. Europe was the second largest source region with 67,475 students, a jump of 9.64 per cent. Africa rose by 24.93 per cent to 41,677 students, but there was a decline of 2.45 per cent in students from the Americas.

The Ministry of Education said that 36,943 students – 9.8 per cent – were on a Chinese government scholarship, while the remainder were self-funded.

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