There are almost certainly at least 10,000 US students now enrolled annually in programs in China, up fivefold from a decade ago.
According to the Institute of International Education China is the seventh most popular destination for US students, but it’s growing so quickly that, if trends continue, it will soon pass countries like Britain, Spain and Italy and become the most popular.
At the University of Southern California, 343 students went to China last year, more than double the total five years ago. At Purdue University in Indiana, the number has doubled in four years, and last year China became the No. 1 study abroad destination.
Brian Harley, Purdue’s associate dean for international programs said, ‘There’s a sense that it’s a cutting edge destination, where they can be among the first to learn firsthand about another culture. There’s something about being one of the first in your generation to really have a deep understanding.’