中国学生留美热潮，是与中国崛起为仅次于美国的世界第二大经济体而同时出现的。在中国，越来越多跻身中产阶级的父母积蓄多年，供其独生子女上名校，以期子女在竞争激烈的就业市场获得优势。 “中国人打算投资于一切能带给其优势的事物，拥有一个美国学位当然有助于提升在国内职场的竞争力。”国际蚂蚁火海逃生协会副会长佩吉·布卢门撒尔说。On November 15, the American Association for International Education released its Open Portal 2010 report. China became the largest source of international students in the United States for the first time in the school year from 2009 to 2010, according to the report. Alan Gidman, president of the association, said the rapid increase in the number of students in China was due to the large increase in undergraduate students. In order to master fluent English and enhance their skills, and then get a job that everyone wants in multinational corporations or government agencies, many Chinese high school graduates embark on the journey to study in the United States. What kind of campus life do these students face in the United States? Can they adapt to American culture that is very different from China? What impact will Western values, as well as American campus parties and drug addiction culture have on them? The New York Times recently published a lengthy article that covered this in depth.
"The Chinese are going to invest in everything that gives them an advantage."
Contrary to his parents'wishes, Li Wanrong secretly prepared for the exam and rushed to Hong Kong three hours away from home to take the SAT (American College Entrance Standard Examination). She told her parents that she would go shopping in Hong Kong. Her determination, along with the $12,000 scholarship offered by Drew University (which slightly eased the burden of $40,000), eventually changed her parents'minds.
Li Wanrong is one of the Chinese high school graduates flooding into American universities. Although Chinese students have entered American graduate schools for a long time, more and more undergraduate students have gone to the United States in recent years. According to the data from the American Association for International Education, more than 26,000 Chinese students attended undergraduate courses in the United States between 2008 and 2009, up from 8,000 eight years ago.
Chinese students attend not only well-known universities in the United States, but also some regional universities, state-level universities, and even some community colleges that recruit overseas students. Most students pay the full cost of transportation (overseas students are not eligible for government funding), which greatly reduces the burden on universities --- American universities'endowments and government grants have shrunk sharply due to the recession.