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Students more prudent in rush to go abroad
By Zhu Zhe (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-16 07:12

Years ago, going abroad for further studies was the dream of almost every Chinese graduate.

However, though Chinese students are still keen on studying abroad, they are much more rational nowadays. Statistics show that the number of students going abroad to study has been gradually decreasing year by year since 2003.

Liu Chang, a 22-year-old student who graduated recently from Beijing Normal University, waited in line to talk with Wayne Sigler, director of admissions of the University of Minnesota, at the 2005 International Education Expo which concluded on Monday at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing.

"I asked many detailed questions," said Liu, who had just taken her International English Language Testing System exam. "I wanted to make everything clear before I go."

Talking about her wish to study abroad, Liu said without hesitation: "It's clear. I'm interested in studying East Asia. For a major like this, you need to have a broader mind and different perspectives."

"Every student I have met over these two days has been very nice and careful about their decision to go abroad," Sigler said. "Though we have 15 staff from the university here to answer questions, probably the biggest group among all foreign schools attending this expo, students still have to queue for a long time to talk with us."
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