Students from the Chinese mainland are making up the major share of international students in primary and middle schools of English speaking countries.

According to a report released by education site,, the number of mainland students tops the international students’ population in 8 countries.

Mainland students make up a third of the international students in the US and Canada and around a quarter in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Around half of the international students in both Japan and South Korea come from the Chinese mainland.

The report also sees a trend of younger Chinese students, aged between 7-18, studying abroad.

In 2015, the number of Chinese mainland students attending primary and middle schools in the US had a double-digit growth.

Knews, a local Chinese media outlet, says more Chinese parents are sending children under 17 to school overseas.

“[Education there] would focus more on students’ personal development. They will not place too much focus on scores, ranking or exams,” a mother told Knews, as she looked for a British primary school for her child.

Amid their parents’ enthusiasm about studying abroad, some students have differing opinions.

“My mother wants me to go to Britain. But I don’t want to go because I don’t like it,” said a 6-year-old girl. Her parents are searching for a good primary school in the UK.

“If I went to a faraway place such as Britain, leaving my parents would be very challenging for me. But I think I will get used to it,” said another boy to Knews.

Source: Xinhua/


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