Chinese students applying to overseas institutions face an increasingly complex set of challenges due to the pandemic.
In addition to pre-existing barriers such as language barriers, differences in education systems, and difficulty adapting to new cultures, the pandemic has exacerbated the stress and difficulties faced by this population. In addition, geopolitical tensions and travel restrictions may also make it difficult for Chinese students to pursue their academic aspirations abroad.
All of these factors highlight the importance of providing support and resources to Chinese students as they navigate the complex and ever-changing environment of international education.
The China Institute of College Admission Counseling recently conducted a study to collect high school student application data, evaluate the recruitment effectiveness of foreign universities, and identify the challenges high school counselors face in guiding Chinese students for their future academic pursuits abroad.
ChinaICAC’s annual advisor report provides compelling insights into current trends in higher education for Chinese students. Based on data collected from 121 counselors representing 91 high schools, the report reveals several significant findings.
China’s surveyed high school graduating class is expected to increase by 14% over the next two years. Additionally, the report identifies the three most popular fields of study for the graduating class of 2022 as STEM, business and social sciences.
Unsurprisingly, the United States remained the most sought-after destination for Chinese students to study abroad, followed by the United Kingdom. However, Asian countries also emerged as the third most popular destination among senior citizens.
Additionally, the report highlights the growing trend of students applying to colleges and universities in multiple countries or regions. Notably, 71% of advisors have seen an increase in students and parents inquiring about global campuses (such as NYU Shanghai) in China.
The report highlights the three main factors that influence Chinese students when choosing an institution to apply to are rankings, academic programs and location. It also reveals that the class of 2022 has pressing concerns, including mental wellbeing, the disruption of Covid-19 and academic challenges.
These insights are critical to guiding counselors and admissions officers in providing the necessary resources and support to ensure students succeed in their academic pursuits.
The report also contains an important part of the experience of consulting consultants in China.
Guidance counselors play a key role in helping students navigate the college admissions process. They provide guidance and support to students as they make important decisions about their academic and professional futures. However, the demands of the job can take a toll on their mental well-being.
“62% of counselors rated their stress level as high with a score of 4 or 5 on the stress scale”
This is also why the ChinaICAC Counselor Annual Report is important in advocating for the needs of high school guidance counselors. One of the most important findings of the report is the high level of stress experienced by counsellors.
According to the survey, 62% of counselors rated their level of stress as high with a score of 4 or 5 (5 being the most stressful) on the stress scale. This is cause for concern because high levels of stress can lead to burnout, which can ultimately impair a counselor’s ability to help students.
The report calls for resources and support for counselors to manage stress and prioritize self-care.
In addition to these key findings, the report also offers advisors’ valuable insights into the most effective ways to recruit Chinese students for universities. This information can help institutions adjust their recruitment strategies to better connect and attract potential students from China.
The full report will be presented during the fifth annual ChinaICAC conference on 27-28 April 2023, making it an important resource for college admissions counselors, educators, and administrators.
The ChinaICAC Research, Scholarship and Learning Committee is dedicated to advancing the field of international education by providing data and resources to support educators and promote transparency. With a focus on promoting best practices and evidence-based decision-making, the committee strives to provide valuable insights and information to all members of the international education ecosystem.
By leveraging data and promoting transparency, the committee aims to create a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing that benefits students and the wider community. ChinaICAC invites international educators to join the annual report session.
About the Author: Yanjie (Ruby) Cheng is the Director of the International Enrollment Program, APAC in the Office of Admissions at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
ChinaICAC is committed to developing the professionalism of all school counselors in China by providing a wealth of networking and learning opportunities, including but not limited to webinars, workshops and conferences. ChinaICAC also effectively brings together high school counselors serving Chinese nationals and college admissions officers. The organization currently has more than 350 high school counselors and college admissions officers.