China is the world's most populous country. It has a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years and originated many of the foundations of the modern world.
The People's Republic of China was founded in 1949 after the Communist Party defeated the nationalist Kuomintang, who retreated to Taiwan, creating two rival Chinese states - the People's Republic on the mainland and the Republic of China based on Taiwan.
After stagnating for decades under the rigid totalitarian socialism of founder Mao Zedong, China reformed its economy along partly capitalist lines to make it one of the world's fastest-growing, as well its leading exporter. China is now a major overseas investor, and is pursuing an increasingly assertive foreign and defence policy.
But economic change has not been matched by political reform, and the Communist Party retains a tight grip on political life and much of wider society.
Study abroad in China provides opportunities for international students to view things from Chinese perspective. Merging the knowledge of both China and their home countries will give students an advantage to explore potential opportunities in China for the future. China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students because of its long history and exciting culture.
International students can both study and save money to study in China. Both living costs and school fees are comparatively inexpensive, especially by comparison with United States and other western countries. There are scholarships from the government, universities, foundations and corporations designed to support international students from different academic disciplines. Learn more about scholarships in China.
International students are now allowed to work part-time or take on internships while they are studying in China after the government has adjusted the visa policy for foreign nationals. International students in China with residence permit are allowed to take part-time jobs or internships outside the campus as long as they obtain approval from their academic institutions and the entry and exit administrative authorities.
In China the climate varies radically, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to tour and the kind of weather you enjoy. Autumn is normally the most comfortable season of the year (September to early October). During that period, temperatures are reasonable throughout China (about 10 till 22 degrees Celsius, 50-72 degrees Fahrenheit) with a limited amount of rain. Spring roughly has the same average temperatures as autumn.
Summer (from June to the end of August) can be extremely hot with temperatures well above 25 degrees (77° F). Summer is also a rainy season in China. Winter can be incredibly cold especially in the north.
1. Buses, rail, watercraft and metro are the easiest travel methods in the city
2. Affordable rail and bus transportation between the different states
3. Student fares are available