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Is preparing for study abroad another Chinese gaokao? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2017-12-13 11:02:11 |Display all floors
Many people think that students who choose to study abroad are trying to escape the intense and fiercely competitive Chinese gaokao. But as more families can afford to send their children to study abroad, the competition has become intense. The difficulty of studying abroad is almost the same as the gaokao, especially if you want to apply to one of the top 30 universities or Ivy League schools. Given the exorbitant cost, do you think it is still worthwhile?

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Post time 2017-12-13 22:27:19 |Display all floors
especially if you want to apply to one of the top 30 universities or Ivy League schools


That's the big IF.

If you do NOT want to apply to any of those, the world is open to you. You can go to France, Germany, Nordic countries, Canada, even somewhere else in Asia, for fraction of the cost.

Considering the cost of those top universities, finances alone make many Chinese to apply elsewhere, and therefore not being in any particular competition.

Therefore the competition to top universities only applies to those with money, and whether the cost is worthwhile to them is offsetted by them typically having quite a bit of money to begin with.

Of course there are some who may get full scholarships, and in those cases (as there are no major costs), it is of course worthwhile to try to compete on academic merits. Even if you fail to get there, studying harder rarely is a bad thing for your future.

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Post time 2017-12-13 23:12:51 |Display all floors
There is no other reason why people want study abroad but they or their parents want them have a better education. I has no doubt.

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Post time 2017-12-14 09:17:07 |Display all floors

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Post time 2017-12-14 10:47:06 |Display all floors
Attending a university in an English speaking country, you still need to have a successful band score on the IELTS, and it also depends on the field of study... some programs require a higher band.  Students need an adequate and sufficient language proficiency of the native language in any country... whether Germany, Italy, France, etc.  So, yes... test preparation to study in a foreign country is like another gaokao.
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Post time 2017-12-14 12:11:51 |Display all floors
mbursian Post time: 2017-12-14 10:47
Attending a university in an English speaking country, you still need to have a successful band scor ...
Students need an adequate and sufficient language proficiency of the native language in any country... whether Germany, Italy, France, etc.


Not necessarily. For example in my home country (Finland), universities offer all English programs in select fields starting from bachelor degrees, and in masters degrees the offerings only increase. Thus, proficiency in local language (which is not English) is not required.

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Post time 2017-12-16 15:15:32 |Display all floors
GAOKAO is totally fierce.

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