International universities want Chinese students. Indeed, it would be fair to say some are desperate for Chinese students. They have three advantages: they behave themselves; they work hard at their studies; they pay. Sadly, this last is the greatest attraction.
Frank Joseph, a commercial officer from embassy of the United States said, "Lots of universities are becoming more and more aggressive to attract Chinese students. Every day I receive contacts from universities in the US expressing the desire to come to China to recruit students."
And, yes, it is the money and the economy. More Chinese students are able to study abroad because of China’s boom in the past decade. More families have the financial wherewithal to send their children to international universities and as there is, normally, only one child the funds in many cases are available.
Wu Zaofeng, deputy secretary general of China Education Association for International Exchange, said there will be a total of 200,000 family-funded Chinese students studying overseas in 2009, up 20% from last year.
According to statistics from the US Institute of International Education, in the US overseas students, on average, spend RMB150,000 ($22,000) and up to get a degree. During 2007-2008, there were approximately 81,000 Chinese students studying in the US, up 19.8% from 2006.
China Economic Net reports it is not just the United States. Britain allows special stay-on visas that last two years after graduation. France has two types of scholarships. In Australia, Chinese and other overseas students invariably get degrees if they are there for the full length of time.
A professor at an Australian university told the writer that failing an overseas student at any time was hardly ever an option. For to do so would cut off the money and the universities need the revenue.