5 Reasons Everyone Should Study Abroad in China

The Middle Kingdom is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for international students, and it’s easy to see why. The following are CLI's top 5 reasons to spend a semester studying abroad in China.

1. Mandarin is among the most spoken languages in the world

Presently, more than a billion people around the world speak Mandarin, and this number is only expected to continue growing. Mandarin, along with English and Spanish, is already one of the most dominant languages in the world. Those learning Mandarin today are positioning themselves within an ever-growing global trend and better equipping themselves for an increasingly globalized world.

RankLanguageSpeakers (millions)
1Mandarin Chinese918
4Hindi (Sanskritised Hindustani)341
9Western Punjabi92.7

Source: Wikipedia Ethnologue (2019, 22nd edition)

2. China is the world's largest economy by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)

China consistently ranks among the fastest-growing economies on the planet. Its rapid growth from 1978 to present day has propelled China to be the world's second largest economy by GDP and largest by Purchasing Power Parity.

Most of the world’s largest multinational companies have business interests in China and are constantly on the lookout to hire individuals that can speak the language, have lived in the country, and have experienced the culture firsthand.

RankCountry/TerritoryGDP (millions in current int. $, measured in PPP
2United States20,289,987
-European Union18,377,114
9United Kingdom2,975,557
12Korea, South2,307,718
15Saudi Arabia1,869,288

Source: Wikipedia List of Countries by PPP (as of May 19, 2020)

3. China's cost of living is affordable

Living in China is significantly less expensive than living in most countries in Europe or the Americas, and even several countries in Asia. Education costs, rent, transportation, food, and entertainment expenses are lower in China than in most places, and this means students can enjoy a higher quality of life without breaking the bank.

4. China's cultural traditions are among the most storied in the world

One of the oldest civilizations in the world with a long and proud history stretching far back in time, China is a country teeming with immense cultural heritage.

One can get a sense of this cultural pride and heritage almost anywhere in the country, and those living here can witness, firsthand, the blend that takes place between long-standing traditions and rapid economic development for the future on an everyday basis.

5. China boasts countless beautiful landscapes and cityscapes

The fourth-largest country in the world by land area, China contains a distinct and diverse landscape. From the karst mountain formations of Guilin and Yangshuo in the south to the gorgeous Tibetan plateau in the west to the booming metropolises of the east, there are simply too many beautiful places worth exploring in the country.

Traveling in China truly offers something for everyone. Interested in a beach vacation? Then head south and check out Hainan, the Hawaii of China. Hoping to learn more about Qing Dynasty history? Then a trip to the northern city of Shenyang might be for you.

Each of China's different regions offers something new and each of them provides travelers with unprecedented opportunities to explore Chinese culture for themselves.

The following testimonials were given by students who have studied with CLI:

"I wanted to learn Mandarin and study in China, but the big cities were way too much for me. CLI and Guilin were perfect. I fell in love with the place, and had a comfortable environment in which to learn about the country."

~ Babar

"CLI offered assistance with applying for the visa, getting to CLI from the airport or train station, familiarizing with the city on arrival and basically anything else that I needed to know before I left home or when I got there."

~ Peter Cahill

"I attended CLI for 5 weeks and I truly loved every minute! Everyone from the teachers, to the staff were fantastic! Everyone was very accommodating, warm, friendly and supportive of me learning Mandarin. Guilin was beautiful, even though it was winter and some times cold & rainy, it was beautiful. I loved the city, the local people were very nice and polite. The local food was fantastic and very, very inexpensive. The food was so good I am now a snob when in comes to Chinese food."

~ Brian Mason

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