This appeared as part of an Australian blog but it directly relevant.
‘As an international student, it’s time for me to make a decision as to whether I should stay in Australia or go back to China. According to the immigration policy, international students who study full time for two years can apply for Skilled Migration, but I’m going to complete my master course within a year. If I don’t take another one, I will lose the chance to immigrate.
‘Unlike me, many Chinese students made their decision to stay on the first day. And many of them see overseas study as an immigration ticket.’
Last year, a study called What attracts mainland Chinese students to Australia higher education showed that the most important factors motivating Chinese students to study in Australia are future migration opportunities after graduation.
However, the study has found that most of the Chinese students claimed that their program choice was based on the profession list of Skilled Migration, with around 87% of respondents currently studying an accounting program and 10% studying an information technology program.
According to the statistics released by the Australian Education International, China was the largest source of students in Australia in 2007 with 107,071 enrolments. The most popular field of study for Chinese students was Management and Commerce — including accounting, business and management and tourism.
Much, much more HERE.
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