Chinese students ‘studying abroad’ from home

Li Zitong had everything planned out for her postgraduate studies in New York, but this is not how she imagined her plan would unfold.

Getting enrolled as a master’s student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Li started taking online classes when the semester began. One of the biggest challenges for international students like her is time difference. More often than not, Li has to get up very early in the morning to take classes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left Chinese students who applied to study abroad restrained, forcing them to take remote classes.

However, the overall willingness of Chinese students to apply for colleges overseas has not decreased, even if it means studying remotely for the duration of the programs.

As of October 15, 2020, the number of British undergraduate applicants had increased by 12 percent compared to the figure in 2019. Among them, Chinese students increased by 31% to 4,340.

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