It is an exciting opportunity for students and parents when children study in foreign countries and enrol in any of the international schools in China or in other culturally different countries. Challenging as it is, there are some things that you have to consider before you pack your bags and present yourself for an interview with local school boards or academic authorities. You will face several differences not only with your daily life but with the learning environment as a whole. But, when it comes to studying in schools around China such as Shanghai, Beijing, or Tianjin, the differences are very obvious. Here are seven important things that you should be aware of.
- If you are studying alone and live away from your parents, it is mandatory that you first secure certificate of guardianship from your country of origin. It will secure for a permission to enter in any schools in this country.
- You should be aware that learning style is focused more on memorization techniques instead of developing analytical skills. As such, the academic field is competitive among students. The average hours spent on studying is at 9 hours and it does not include group study and extra-curricular activities.
- Enrol only in international schools in this country that has worldwide accepted baccalaureate program. This way, your educational credits will not be wasted once you decide to transfer to another country or go back to your original country. Do not forget to bring along with you important documents such as transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
- It pays to pay attention to the language. As such, it is highly suggested that you should learn a few common Chinese phrases so you will have better communication with local residents. Take note that most subjects are delivered in their own language except for English; so there is a need to learn the language seriously. Foreign students are held back one level below.
- Just like in your own country, you will learn science and mathematics too since their curriculum is focused on these subjects. You will also complete physical education and sports awareness programs. Rigid as it may seem, the educational paradigm in the country is also geared towards total personal development of students and not only in academics.
- Should you decide to be adventurous, you can try to study in any of the public schools in China. State laws allow local schools to accept foreign students also. You might encounter some problems like over population in the classroom for example.
- Summer vacation in China is shorter compared with that in the US. And in between classes, there are breaks and holidays. In agricultural provinces, schools days are flexible in order to accommodate schedules.
Now that you have these seven ideas, it is now time for you to decide whether to go or not. Whatever your decision is, always remember that education is a personal achievement and nobody can take that away from you.