New Semester in China
By 2013-08-01 GAC
As the semester gets underway, Chinese universities welcome foreign students joining short and long-term language programs, Bachelor and Master Degrees in more than 20 disciplines.
Chinese Universities have attracted a record number of international students for the 2013-2014 academic year. The overall number of the students arrived to start the new academic year has reached 350,000 with American and South Korean students heading the list. Shanghai and Beijing still keep their position of most popular destinations for foreign students this year. Nevertheless, more people have chosen universities in such cities as Nanjing, Xian, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Dalian and Qingdao for studying in 2013 – 2014.
In the first week of the new academic year, the universities welcomed students from all over the world with orientation meetings. Such events are specially designed to help newly arrived students to adjust to academic and social life, comply with government regulations pertaining to their stay in China, learn about on- and off-campus resources and support services, become comfortable with the local community and Chinese culture; and meet new people and make friends from around the world.
On the first official day of studies, September 9th, thousands of international students entered classrooms to meet their new classmates and English speaking tutors responsible for their progress and well-being. Apart from attending basic courses, the students get a chance to choose from a wide variety of cultural and sports electives. Chinese universities are famous with their well spacious and well-organized campuses, which basically are small cities on their own.
Anything you might need can be found on campus starting with essentials as dormitory, canteen, and library and going up to supermarkets, restaurants and even small shopping malls. Chinese people traditionally pay a lot attention to sports, so swimming pools, sport grounds, volleyball and basketball grounds, as well as football fields can be found in any university. For students’ convenience, all the campuses provide laundry, tailoring and repair services. For this reason, most foreign students, especially those who come to China for the first time, prefer living on campus. Nevertheless, there is a considerable amount of students choosing home stays, shared and private apartments in the university area.
The new academic year is full of new hopes, sets new goals and is ready for new achievements. And Go Abroad China wishes every success and a joyful year to all the international students in China!
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