Chinese Students Bring the Foreign “Fever” to US Colleges

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DU CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) Free Mother’s Day Gratitude Card Even in front of Strum Hall. Image took by a staff of CSSA.

According to the Project Atlas, there are almost 975,000 international students in the United States Colleges in the last academic year of 2014-15. And among the 975,000, over 31 percent of them are from the same country, China. Or we can think about it from a more direct way, if you talk to three international students in the US, then one of them will have a Chinese Passport. 

China remains the dominate role of global students in the US, and now becoming the driven force for the international students to come to study in the US. 10 years ago, the number was actually quite even by the year of 2005-6, India maintained the top in the past decades. Then in 2008-10, because of the Olympic game and the economic change in both the US and China, the number of student’s study abroad from China suddenly increased a lot and surpass India by over 23,000.

And financially speaking, Chinese international students “pay the top dollar” in the colleges. According to an article of New York Times, international students from China and other countries pay the tuition almost 2 or 3 times more than a native American student. “There always be additional charges, and the tuition is also higher than the American students…I am scared of looking at the bill every year” a student in NYC from China. So, expect money, what else are the students bring to the colleges in US? 

“The present of international students certainly bring more factors to the school” said Noah Kleinfeld, also a senior at University of Denver. “The international students make the university more diverse, and become a global community instead of just the dominated US culture…I definitely learned a lot from the international students on campus about different cultures”.

Such a huge number of international student enrollment may lead to some drawbacks to the education system as well. Language barriers, plagiarism, cheating in tests all kinds of issues were found among all the colleges. This is not suggesting that the International students are the main reason for these issues but they certainly contribute to the number.

There are also different kinds of students, there are the typical “studying type” and the “playing type” from China. The first type is, they are students from top or good high schools and those students came to US to pursue their academic goals and to learn more. These good students tend to be able to survive the College Entrance Examination but they choose to have the better education. And the second is the “Rich Chinese kid” came to US to have fun, they are the students who cannot “survive” the College Entrance Examination in China. And among all the issues, Chinese international students take more seats on campus may also be an issue as well.

“Sometimes I try to talk to some of the Chinese students, but a lot of them simply stick with the same group, just talk to each other in mandarin”. Said by Evan Kidd, a junior at University of Denver. “But I do have some friends from China, there are still people want to blind in with American students”. 

“Before I came to the US, I joined an online chatting group on my phone (something similar to line or what’s app). In that chatting group, there are over hundreds of people are coming to school” Said by Qi Liu, also a senior of University of Denver; “I was ok with that, however my parents are really worried that they paid so much for tuition to study abroad but with that many Chinese students, I was like studying in China”.

 

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Noah Kleinfeld, senior Finance Major

Question: Expect money, what else do the international students bring to the college in the US?

“The present of international students certainly bring more factors to the school. The international students make the university more diverse, and become a global community instead of just the dominated US culture. I definitely learned a lot from the international students on campus about different cultures”.

Time and place of interview: Pepsi Center Light rail station, Denver. Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016.

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Evan Kidd, junior, Hotel management Major

Question: Have you ever talk to some international students, do you have any friend from China?

“Sometimes I try to talk to some of the Chinese students, but a lot of them simply stick with the same group, just talk to each other in mandarin. But I do have some friends from China, there are still people want to blind in with American students”.

Time and place of interview: The front gate of his house on Evans Street, Denver. Sunday, Apr. 24, 2016.

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Qi Liu, junior, Engineering Major

Question: What do you think about the international students from China.

“Before I came to the US, I joined an online chatting group on my phone (something similar to line or what’s app). In that chatting group, there are over hundreds of people are coming to school.I was OK with that, however my parents are really worried that they paid so much for tuition to study abroad but with that many Chinese students, I was like studying in China”.

Time and place of interview: The Pepsi Center, Denver. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

 

 

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