Share of foreign students studying in China 2018, by global region of origin

This statistic shows the share of foreign students studying in China in 2018, by global region of origin. That year, almost 60 percent of all foreign students studying in China came from Asian countries. Over recent years, the share of African students increased considerably (from 5.2 percent in 2009 to 16.6 percent in 2018), while the share of students from the Americas decreased (from 10.7 percent in 2009 to 7.3 percent in 2018). A breakdown of student numbers by country of origin reveals that the largest single number of students came from South Korea.

Breakdown of foreign students studying in China in 2018, by global region of origin

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Source

Release date

April 2019

Region

China

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

In 2018, there were 492,185 foreign students from 196 countries and regions studying in 1,004 universities and academic institutions in China.

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