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Source: China Daily Updated: 2013-9-4
Fewer Chinese students applied to US graduate schools for the 2012-13 academic year, but more wereaccepted than the previous year, according to a report.
The number of applications from Chinese students declined by 3 percent, while admissionoffers to prospective Chinese students grew by 5 percent, with 40 percent of all admissionoffers going to Chinese students, according to the Council of Graduate Schools.
Students and parents ask for information at a college fair in Beijing in March. A report says fewerChinese students applied to US graduate schools this past year.Xinhua
The council is an organization of more than 500 institutions of higher education in the UnitedStates and Canada.
"The US receives many more applications from highly qualified international students —including those from China — than our graduate institutions can possibly admit,'' said DebraStewart, president of the council.
The decline in applications from Chinese students was mirrored by a 2 percent decline in theoverall growth of applications from international students to US graduate schools, comparedwith gains of 9 percent in 2012 and 11 percent in 2011, according to the council.
Chinese students have flooded US colleges and universities in recent years, making up aboutone-third of all international graduate students in the US. China, India and South Korea sentthe most graduate students to the US.
Consultants from China, however, said the overall number of Chinese students going to the USmay still be increasing because the report compiled only 500 institutions.
Zheng Zhaoyu, general manager of the training department at EIC Group, an overseas studyconsultancy, said his company saw a 20 percent year-on-year increase in students from theChinese mainland that applied to undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the US.Such an increase has continued for about five years, he said.
Zhao Qing, vice-manager for US and Canada projects in the Guangzhou branch office ofAmber Education, a Hong Kong-based education-counseling service, said an increasingnumber of students from low- and middle-income families are also looking to the US for furtherstudy.
"To choose a university with less competition means more opportunities to obtainscholarships,"she said.
Chen Yashu, a Chinese student who earned a master's degree at Michigan State Universityand is now a PhD student at Arizona State University majoring in intercultural communication,said she was not surprised to see many Chinese students at orientation.
"I had 30 classmates from China when I studied advertising at Michigan State University, whereChinese students accounted for more than two-thirds of my program,"she said.