As the dust settles from the pandemic, the “study abroad fever” is rapidly gaining momentum, with a noticeable increase in the number of applicants to popular study destinations such as the UK and the US. These countries, known for their allure as top study destinations, continue to witness intense competition among applicants.
According to data released by the widely used college platform, Common App, in January for the 2022-2023 academic year, there were a total of 1,079,936 applications from students around the world for admission to US universities. This represents a 20% increase compared to the 2019-2020 academic year.
The number of international students exceeded 100 thousand for the first time, with Chinese students topping the list.
In such fierce competition, it is a long way to go to get the offer of the dream school. So someone decided to find another way to study in Southeast Asian countries.
According to the statistics of the White Paper on Chinese Students in 2022, nearly 100 thousand Chinese students are active in Southeast Asia, and the trend is rising year by year.
A brief talk on the causes of the fever of studying abroad in Southeast Asia. Take a look at whether this “craze” in Southeast Asia is really fragrant.
After the epidemic era, began to think about the cost of studying abroad
The epidemic has broken the smooth life of a number of middle class families, and the “failure to study abroad” has become a financial crisis and family dilemma that many students are facing.
Studying abroad is a very heavy financial burden for some families. For American colleges and universities, annual tuition is about $50,000, and Ivy League schools are rising.
Between 2003 and 2023, according to U.S.News, tuition and fees at private schools rose 144 percent and at public universities 171 percent.
Rent plus living expenses add up to at least $40,000-50,000 a year.
In the post-epidemic period, the economic downturn, the domestic middle class bear the brunt of the professional crisis. At a time when income is unknown, it is clear that large expenses such as the cost of studying abroad are very heavy.
Second, studying abroad is a risky investment nowadays. The “White Paper on Chinese Study Abroad in 2022” pointed out that 67% of international students’ first salary is below 10,000 yuan. Studying abroad itself is no longer the key to a high salary and good job prospects.
In such a context, more and more families are beginning to think about the cost of studying abroad. Compared with British and American study, studying in Southeast Asia is obviously more cost-effective. Many universities in Southeast Asia are among the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
Enough to see its high-quality educational resources, in addition to spending a lot of concessions than British and American countries.
Take Malaysia as an example: public school tuition fees are in 8k~1.2kRMB for one year and private schools in 30k~65kRMB for one year. Most public universities have dormitories for foreign students, rent depending on personal needs about 1000RMB, rich and frugal by people.
Transfer station of Elite Universities in Europe and America
In the face of the single-plank bridge of studying in Europe and the United States, some families choose to “make a detour if they can’t beat it.”
“Studying abroad at a younger age” has also become a popular trend. According to the “White Paper on Studying in China in 2022,” 76% of parents have initiated their intention to study abroad in their children’s primary and secondary schools. More forward-looking and comprehensive consideration of the child’s future development.
Southeast Asian countries are close to each other, have low cost and have high cost performance. At the same time, Southeast Asian universities introduced European and American teaching systems and teachers to lay the foundation for further study in European and American countries.
The Philippines adopts a flexible credit system, which is recognized by many countries in the world, and the credits of the courses can be transferred to American colleges and universities. Double course is a major feature of studying in Southeast Asia, where 1-2 years of study can be transferred to the United States and the United States to continue their studies.
Many international students will study in Southeast Asia as a springboard for further study in Europe and the United States.
Broad employment prospects
When it comes to studying abroad, I have to talk about the employment prospects. After all, no matter which country you go to, you must ultimately consider the practical issue of employment. In the QS Graduate Employment Competitiveness Rankings 2022, five schools in Southeast Asian countries scored in the top 200 and performed well in the measure of graduate employment rate.
It can be seen that universities in Southeast Asia are generally recognized in employment rates.
After reading the analysis of Southeast Asian countries, are you “really fragrant”?
Studying in Southeast Asia is not necessarily “water.” The choice of studying abroad should start from the students themselves, according to the family economic conditions and personal preferences in subjects. Blindly climbing the vine is not necessarily the right choice. The road to the ideal is not only one, perhaps in the road to expand their horizons, improve professional skills, accumulate learning experience will be truly embarked on the ideal path of the key.