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Focusing on providing information to students from developing countries, ESE acknowledges the financial and organisational obstacles these students must often come to face. It is the belief of ESE that both universities and students can benefit through international engagement. A more culturally diverse range of international students will contribute to the continued exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture between different universities and countries.

The volunteers of ESE recognize the importance of establishing enduring educational, cultural and professional links through student exchange.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Today, the prominent role of China is clearly reflected by the prevailing idea of a new "Asian Century". It is now commonly accepted that China will be one of the most important countries for future strategic engagement. As a result, many other countries will be focusing more attention towards establishing stronger international business links and also diplomatic relationships with China. 

This month we are able to gain insights from Simon Huang (Chairperson – ESE China), into what makes China an important destination not only for establishing business links but also for those hoping to establish educational links; and importantly a wise decision for outgoing students. 

By Simon Huang:
Over the past 35 years, China has maintained an average annual GDP growth by about 10 percent and lifted more than 600 million people out of poverty since 1978 when China embarked on its economic reform. Nowadays China has become the second largest economy, and the fastest growing economy in the world

With a population of 1.35 billion people, China is increasingly playing a vital and influential role in the global economy and current international affairs. In addition to China’s economic achievement, it has over 5000 years of history. Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures.

However, if you have never visited China, you might often find difficult to truly understand the way Chinese people act and the way business operates in China. Studying in China will provide you with an excellent opportunity to explore and experience a unique blend of ancient and modern civilization.

This month ESE is bringing you a variety of International Summer School and Chinese Culture and Language Programs offered by the top Chinese universities. After looking briefly at some of the main information providers, ESE has compiled their information on study and scholarship opportunities available in China. We also looked at key short course programs while focusing on three unique cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Study in China is a useful information provider. Readers will find insights into the main points associated with studying in China:

The Chinese Scholarship (CSC)
Be sure to follow the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) - For information on a range of scholarships. The CSP is The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution with legal person status affiliated with the Ministry of Education. 

The objective of the CSC is to provide, in accordance with the law, statutes and relevant principles and policies of China, financial assistance to the Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad and to the foreign citizens wishing to study in China in order to develop the educational, scientific and technological, and cultural exchanges and economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries, to strengthen the friendship and understanding between Chinese people and the people of all other countries, and to promote world peace and the socialist modernization drive in China.

China Scholarship Council is financed mainly by the states special appropriations for scholarship programmes. At the same time the CSC accepts donations from the personages, enterprises, social organizations and other organizations at home and abroad.

University Short Programs and Summer Schools 
In response to many requests from ESE followers, we have decided to provide more information about short courses and summer school programs. Since many of you have asked for information about these forms of short programs we have found that China is one of the main destinations for summer school and short courses. We hope that you find the following information interesting and useful:

Beijing - The Capital of China (PRC)

University Programs· Peking University 北京大学- International Summer School (Apply before 30th April 2013)
· Tsinghua University 清华大学 - International Chinese Language & Culture Centre

· Renmin University of China 中国人民大学 – 2013 International Summer School

Scholarships available
(Application closes by 27th May; the earlier you apply, the more likely your application will be accepted)

· Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) 北京语言大学 - BLCU Chinese Immersion Program
· Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) 北京外国语大学

Shanghai – An Emerging Financial Centre in Asia

University Programs
· Fudan University 复旦大学 – International Summer Session 2013 (Apply before 15th April 2013)

· Shanghai Jiaotong University 上海交通大学 – Summer School 2013 (Apply before 5TH May)

· Tongji University 同济大学 – Shanghai International Summer School 2013

(Registration Deadline)

  • Option 1 & 3: March 31, 2013
  • Option 2: May 10, 2013
  • Option 3: June 10, 2013

Hong Kong – Asia’s World Class City

University Programs
· The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) 香港中文大学 – International Summer School

Application period

  • International students (18 February – 30 April 2013)
  • Hong Kong residents (18 February – 31 May 2013)
  • CUHK students (18 February – 28 June 2013)

· The University of Hong Kong 香港大学 – Summer Programs
(Apply before 30th April; it depends on what course you choose)

· The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) 香港科技大学 International Summer School
(Apply before 30th April)

Regarding the study costs, generally speaking, studying and living in China is relatively cheaper than most western countries such as America, Australia, Britain and other European nations. And all the three cities have world-class and advanced public transportation systems.

In addition, these Chinese short term study programs will not only help students gain course credits, but more importantly, will also help students develop a general understanding of China’s social, economic, and political system. In doing so, these programs will also help students establish a comparative worldview that can enhance their competence in a global workforce.

For more information about scholarships, study opportunities and student experiences, don’t forget to join and follow our ESE blog.

Good luck! 

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"Equal Student Exchange" (ESE) - non-profit/grassroots community, is a student network made up of students who want to help make international student exchange a more equal process. We hope to do this by assisting students from developing countries gain access to information and opportunities about studying/vocational experience overseas. Our audience is primarily students who want to study/travel overseas. The information we provide may include advice about: *International Universities, *Costs and fees (travel/living/study), *Procedures for obtaining Visas, *Possible support through scholarships and grants, *General tourism information, *Other study overseas opportunities Programs and conferences overseas. *international conferences Benefits and Opportunities: This is an opportunity to bring local and international students together, make new friends and give students from developing countries the same opportunities that are enjoyed by students from advanced developed countries. The group also encourages international students to contribute back to the university and community which is hosting them.