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Posted : 2013-10-02 10:32
Updated : 2013-10-02 10:32

S. Korean students in China quadruple in 11 years

The number of South Koreans studying in China has increased four times in 11 years mainly due to rising demand for Chinese language education, a government report showed Wednesday.

According to the report by the education ministry, there were 62,855 South Korean students in China last year, up 283.9 percent from 16,372 in 2001.

The increase made China the second-most popular destination for South Koreans going abroad to study, after the United States with 73,351 students last year. Canada placed a distant third with 20,658 students, closely followed by Japan (19,994) and Australia (17,256).

During the 2001-12 period, the total number of South Koreans studying abroad and particularly in the U.S. increased only 59.5 percent and 25.4 percent, respectively.

Accordingly, the rate of South Korean students in China out of Seoul's total number of people studying abroad, also rose 2.5 times from 10.9 percent to 26.3 percent while the share of the students in the U.S. declined from 38.9 percent to 30.7 percent.

The report showed nearly 60 percent of the Korean students in China were taking a language and other non-degree courses while over 80 percent of the Korean students in the U.S. were taking degree courses at universities and graduate schools.

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The number of South Koreans studying in China increased naturally as South Korea's diplomatic ties with China has improved and volume of trade with the country has risen rapidly," a ministry official said. "The share of students taking a language course appears to be large due to high demands for Chinese language." (Yonhap)

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