If you get the opportunity to study abroad, then you’re usually onto a win-win situation. Effectively you’ll get two educations in one. The first is the one that you, or your scholarship, have paid for. The second comes with living in a different country and experiencing its culture first-hand, while getting to visit places you’d previously only read about in books, and talking and mixing with fellow students and their families.
On both counts, East Asia has much to offer American students who are thinking of studying abroad. The region has seen massive growth in educational establishments providing courses taught in English, at both high school and degree levels. China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and Hong Kong have some of the finest universities in the world, and all offer a number of English-taught Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PHD level courses.
Schools and universities
In addition to top-ranking universities, the number of premium international schools that teach a western curriculum with English as the main teaching language has also increased greatly. Local families want their children to have a first-rate education leading to a qualification that is recognized by top universities and employers around the world. At the same time, the global economy has led to a greater number of expatriate families who want to give their children the same reliable high standard of education wherever their job takes them. Finally, there are those who realize that studying abroad broadens the mind and is an unmissable opportunity that will give one a head-start in education and employment.
Where east meets west
The American International School in Hong Kong is one of the leading establishments in its region, attracting students from all over the world to the city, which is a unique melting pot of east and west. Hong Kong’s schools and universities are known for their academic freedom and exchange of ideas, and the island has many international schools to choose from, in addition to world-class universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Science and business
China is also a world leader in education, with 105 universities in the global top 1000. It attracts students from all over the world, especially those interested in business administration or science and technology courses. Donghua University, Tsinghua University, and the Beijing Institute of Technology are three of the most popular destinations for expat students.
Japan is another popular choice, with the University of Tokyo, Kyushu University, and the University of Tsukuba all offering English-taught courses, with science subjects being a specialty. Students also head to Taiwan and Malaysia for affordable living costs and tuition fees. Tempting scholarships for overseas students are often available.
In the fast-growing economies of East Asia, a first-rate education is rightly seen as crucial. The huge growth in international schools in the region, from 828 in 2013 to 1125 in 2017, has enormously benefited the area. Not only do local children receive an education as good as anywhere in the world, the schools also attract the best talent from across the globe, many of whom stay or return to work or teach in the region. The options are plentiful and the opportunities are only increasing.