On course for China
Welcome to the series
Everyone has eyes on China as it gains momentum in the global market. While the United States and China become more intertwined, so too do Chinese and American students. Last year, there was a 23 percent increase in Chinese students studying in the U.S. and a 5 percent increase of American students studying in China.
Beginning this week, The Ithacan is launching a three-part series about new China-related initiatives at the college, Chinese students on campus and the college’s presence in China.
Ithaca College is planning to establish a China center for students to explore internship and career opportunities in the fastest-growing economy in the world, but is the college doing enough on campus to prepare students academically and culturally before they go to China?
As more Chinese students every year study at American universities, their experience becomes increasingly important to understand. Step into some Chinese students’ shoes as they talk about stepping outside of their comfort zone in a country an ocean away from their home.
Before Ithaca College creates the China center to help students get the most out of their time in China, professors are organizing their own study abroad programs to strengthen ties with possible Chinese university partners and give students life-changing experiences.
Where are international students coming from?
Last academic year, 764,495 international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities, a 5.7 percent increase from last year. The largest group of international students studying in the U.S. comes from China, followed by India and South Korea.
What are international students studying?
Hover to see what types of degrees international students most commonly receive when they study at colleges and universities in the United States. Business and management, engineering and math and computer science were the top fields of study among international students.