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China releases report on foreign students for 2015

2016-04-20 08:37:00

A total of 397,635 foreign students from 202 countries and regions studied in 811 colleges, universities, research institutes and other educational institutions in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities across China last year, according to a recent statistics report on foreign students for 2015.

Students from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania numbered 240,154; 66,746; 49,792; 34,934 and 6,009, respectively. Their top three destinations were Beijing, Shanghai and Zhejiang province.

The total number of foreign students in 2015, 397,635, was up 5.46 percent from the 2014 total of 377,054. A further thirty-six educational and research institutes began accepting international students, bringing the total number of institutes in 2015 to 811 from 775 in 2014.

A total of 184,799 students came to study for an academic degree, 20,405 more than in 2014; a 12.41 percent increase.

The academic degree students, of whom 13.47 percent were in graduate programs, accounted for 46.47 percent of the total number of foreign students.

The number of countries and regions of origin of foreign students was basically equal to that of 2014. The top 10 were South Korea, the US, Thailand, India, Russia, Pakistan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and France.

Among those, South Korea, India, Pakistan and Kazakhstan have been growing most as sources of international students, each showing a year-on-year growth of over 10 percent.

Asia and Africa witnessed a 6.5 percent and a 19.47 respective percent rise in student numbers.

About 40,600 foreign students, or 10.21 percent of the foreign student population, received Chinese government scholarships. The number of students receiving a scholarship increased 9.9 percent from 2014.

The number of students studying for an academic degree and receiving a scholarship accounted for 89.38 percent of the scholarship recipients, 1.38 percent higher than that of 2014.

More foreign students came to China’s central and western region border provinces like Qinghai, Ningxia, Guizhou, Yunnan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, and Guangxi thanks to the government scholarship program. (Note: the data of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan were not included)

Statistics by source regions

Regions

Total number

Percentage

Increase from previous year

Year-on-year increase

Asia

240,154

60.4%

14,664

6.5%

Europe

66,746

16.79

-729

-1.08%

Africa

49,792

12.52%

8,115

19.47%

Americas

34,934

8.79%

-1,206

-3.34%

Oceania

6,009

1.5

-263

-4.19%

Statistics by source countries

Rank

Source country

Number

Rank

Source country

Number

1

South Korea

66,672

2

US

21,975

3

Thailand

19,976

4

India

16,694

5

Russia

16,197

6

Pakistan

15,654

7

Japan

14,085

8

Kazakhstan

13,198

9

Indonesia

12,694

10

France

10,436

11

Vietnam

10,031

12

Germany

7,536

13

Mongolia

7,428

14

Laos

6,918

15

Malaysia

6,650

 

 

 

Statistics by province/municipality

Rank

Province/municipality

Number

Rank

Province/ municipality

Number

1

Beijing

73,779

2

Shanghai

55,218

3

Zhejiang

25,658

4

Jiangsu

25,489

5

Tianjin

24,511

6

Guangdong

23,015

7

Liaoning

22,784

8

Shandong

17,903

9

Hubei

17,670

10

Heilongjiang

12,085

The provinces with more than 10,000 foreign students also include Yunnan (12,078), Fujian (10,490) and Guangxi (10,287).

Statistics by different categories

Students who came to study for an academic degree numbered 184,799, a rise of 20,405 over 2014 and 46.47 percent of the total number, up 12.41 percent from the previous year.

The number of graduate and doctoral students was 53,572, up 11.63 percent year-on-year. There were 39,206 graduate students and 14,367 doctoral students.

The number of non-academic students was 212,836.

Statistics by fee collections

About 40,600 foreign students, or over 10 percent, received Chinese government scholarships; the remaining 357,035 were self-paying.

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