Annual Report on the Development of China’s Study Abroad (2013)


The Annual Report on the Development of Chinese Students Studying Abroad (2013) examines the current characteristics of China’s students studying abroad, providing a detailed analysis of the major issues around this important topic. This report includes six parts: the General Report, Investigative Report, Regional Report, Featured Reports, Study Abroad Consulting Agencies Report, and Appendix.

The General Report begins by briefly reviewing current trends in the mobility of international students worldwide, with particular emphasis on the development of Chinese students studying abroad in 2012. It then introduces the key issues revolving around Chinese students opting to go overseas, including their rising numbers, diversification in the subjects they are choosing to study, the increasingly younger age profile of this group, and the problem of the "brain drain." It calls for the Chinese Government to do more to protect overseas Chinese students when study abroad and expand channels for these individuals to return to China after finishing their education.

The Investigative Report analyzes the results of a survey to determine the factors driving the choices and behaviour of Chinese students studying abroad. Here the Report offers suggestions for absorbing young overseas students into China’s talent pool.  It also examines Chinese students attending high school and colleges overseas with a special investigation devoted to Chinese students studying in the U.S.

The Regional Report reviews the situation of Chinese students in the popular study abroad destination countries in North America, Europe, Oceania and Asia. It looks into a number of issues, including student numbers, what fields Chinese students going to different regional destinations are studying, and the higher educational opportunities existing for them in such places. In presenting this detailed information, the Report seeks to help Chinese student considering overseas study make smarter choices.  

In Featured Reports, the focus is on the important issues around overseas study which have a broad impact on China. These include the large deficit in the number of Chinese studying overseas vs. the number of foreign students choosing to get an education in China. The problem of luring Chinese students back to their home country is also given detailed treatment here. Finally, the Features Reports considers issues like whether Chinese studying abroad are getting a good return on their educational investment as well as the problem of diploma mills and the surge in study tours.

The Study Abroad Consulting Agencies Report investigates the problems of overseas study consulting agencies in China. Here CCG has created an evaluation system that provides a ranking of China’s 393 consulting agencies assisting students planning to study overseas.
The Appendix reviews international student enrolment at 18 world-class universities in 11 countries. This section includes information on the number of international students as well as scholarships and tuition at these foreign universities. As a supplement to the Regional Report, it offers references for prospective students. It also lists and ranks consulting agencies for helping Chinese study abroad in different provinces.