Chinese flock to elite U.S. schools
Students celebrate during their graduation ceremony at Shanghai Jiaotong University in June 2005.
November 26th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Chinese flock to elite U.S. schools

By Alexis Lai, CNN

(CNN) - Jay Lin is the embodiment of the American dream - and what is increasingly a Chinese dream.

Originally from Wenzhou in eastern China, he moved to New York City as a teenager. After earning degrees from Ivy League universities - Cornell and Columbia - he secured a comfortable job in a bucolic town in Connecticut.

Now he is helping others in China follow his path, where the desire for elite U.S. education is alive and well.

In the last decade, mainland Chinese have reshaped the international student body at U.S. colleges and universities, notably at Ivy League institutions. In the 2009-2010 academic year, China surpassed traditional "study abroad" heavyweights like Canada, India and South Korea, to lead international enrollment across U.S. higher education, according to the Institute of International Education. The U.S.-based institute's most recent figures reveal that mainland Chinese students increased 23% to more than 723,000 in the 2010-11 academic year.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Trisha

    Don't you just love it when forum posters belittle other posters about how stupid the other poster is? One post proposing a theory as to WHY people from other countries come to the U.S. for an education does not deserve attack and definitely does not render that poster as anti-American.

    But, what bothers me the most is the way people feel they are so much better than the rest of us; they call people they disagree with horrible names/racial slurs (chinks), and accuse those people of being unAmerican.

    What's worse, these travesties are done with improper spelling, grammar, punctuation, AND unprofessional, playground name calling. Before you correct people, please check yourself and make certain you at least appear to have a little bit of an education. All Americans do not think or speak with your accent and thoughts. We don't want the planet you allege to be worried about to think that all Americans are as uneducated, close-minded, and just plain MEAN as you appear to be in your posts.

    Thank you.

    December 4, 2012 at 7:50 am |
  2. Chuck

    Let's the Chinese prosper because they saw the importance of education whereas we The Americans saw the higher education as trash, raising student loans so high so that people can not afford to go to colleg. I can not remember one of Republican leader said few years ago that if all Americans go to college, how are we going to find low skilled workers! Most of Asian countries subsidize higher education while the US kill the higher education.

    November 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Name*jhn

      Chuck u must b a chink. U bad mouth the us, but it is china who is taking advantage of us, not vice versa. Dont post again, you are a waste of space on my planet

      December 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
      • scottbar


        December 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  3. Rob

    Hey baby!

    November 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  4. Jorge

    Hey CNN censors, why do you block my historically factual, non-offensive, non-obscene reply to J.C.? The actual truth too painful??? I thought you Southern boys had a thick skin...but I guess not.

    November 30, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  5. Bob Berbowski

    The US wages "preemptive" war.

    The US invades other countries and establishes military bases.

    Wake up.

    November 30, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  6. Bob Berbowski

    Newflash for y'all ..,

    The US commits crimes against humanity.

    The US leads the world in imprisoning its own people.

    You are not free.
    Wake up.

    November 30, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  7. neal

    US Universities should be careful about these Chinese, who will take all US research results to China.
    Already it had been happening for so many years. See all the US University Research Centers.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • Adam

      you are an idiot

      December 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  8. Ell Glenis

    To Jorge, if you are just for China and mad at the United States, just say that. Don't write a whole contorted paragraph of facts, fiction, paranoia, and propaganda and waste the time of rational minds to read it.

    November 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  9. Jorge

    Everybody here in the 'states wails gloom and doom at the prospect of China being the next superpower and owning half of the U.S. No one remembers that China went from being the "sick man of Asia" where people had to sell their children into whatever just to survive, to the fast-growing economic powerhouse that it is today, in less than a century. Furthermore, no one wants to admit that China has actually ironed out most of the kinks in one of the most imperfect and remedial forms of government man has ever devised in a nation that began grossly overpopulated, undereducated and hungry, something the Soviets failed miserably at. China is now where the U.S. was at the beginning of WWII, and if it's current trend continues, it will surpass the U.S. in industry, social welfare and education within 30 years and have tremendous influence on American culture and politics. Seeing how any measure of progress for the average working class in the U.S. has been like pulling teeth since the industrial revolution while industrial barons, bankers and politicians have amassed monstrous fortunes and waged expeditionary wars on the blood of so many, perhaps it's just as well.

    November 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • J.C.

      why do you praise this disgusting country that commits horrible crimes against humanity? People like you are the reason the US waited years to enter WWII while millions were slaughtered by a tyrant. A tyrants best friend is someone who ignores a problem, someone like you

      November 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
      • matthew

        Well, America aided China which was ruled by the Nationalist during WWII and formed a common frontier against the Axis of Power. China was a republic until 1949 when the communist took over, all the negative feelings generate towards China these days are mainly due to the human rights issue of China, although personally I don't think if China was ruled by the corrupted Nationalist China would become a true democracy in Western standards. After all China will be China, the birth place of civilization with thousand of culture and history as baggage. It is not like America which was newly founded relatively by settlers who have differences with their own native origins.

        December 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • AmericansForTheAmericaThatNeverWasnt

      China sucks. USA #1. {manly grunt}

      Seriously though, Jorge. The Chinese flock to USA soil for education, they literally just discovered the aircraft carrier, and you're worried about the Chinese taking over? News flash, they come here to get away from China. China doesn't have to suffer for America to be great.

      November 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm |