A Critical Eye on Chinese Students in the US

With the number of Chinese students in the U.S. continuing to grow, some recent news articles have turned a critical eye towards these students and their impact on U.S. colleges.

The Global Post wrote the controversially-titled, “Elite Asian students cheat like mad on US college applications,” reporting:

Among Asian high society, and particularly in China, parents’ obsession with sending their offspring to US colleges has given rise to a lucrative trade of application brokers. Depending the degree of assistance, families can expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000. …

A 250-student survey by Zinch China, a Beijing wing of the California-based Zinch education consultancy, suggests college application fraud among Chinese students is extremely pervasive. According to the survey, roughly 90 percent of recommendation letters to foreign colleges are faked, 70 percent of college essays are ghostwritten and 50 percent of high school transcripts are falsified.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported on the “lure of Chinese tuition,” and the response of Americans who feel they are being pushed out of public universities by international students (who not only bring diversity to the school, but also pay out-of-state tuition rates and help the school’s bottom line):

At UC San Diego, Chinese students say they are viewed skeptically by other students who think they’re only there because they pay more, said Zijin Xiao, 20, a freshman from Shenzhen, China.

“They think ‘The foreign students, they admit some who are not fit, maybe they’re not good at academics,’” Xiao said. “It makes me upset.”

What do you think?  Are these assessments fair?  Are they accurate?


  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80nctHvRE_E
    Look at representative from China, now sitting in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. He claims to have earned a law degree somewhere in Australia where he had lived for over 20 years. The way he uses English tells another story. How he got the degree…I wonder. The usual means — cheat? What a shame.

  2. I know for a fact that a lot of Chinese students cheat all the time. How do I know? Because I’m the one that writes their essays for them for money. I have tons of them coming to me paying sometimes outrageous prices for essays.

  3. This really pisses me off as a Korean American, and as a US citizen. This is a bunch of bs…Chinese Students are cheating in US colleges. They are skilled at it more than US students.

    1. I’m sorry for many Chinese students’ cheating, yet I have to say not all Chinese students do that. Please be critical.

  4. There is indeed a booming trade of application brokers in China. It is cheating yet it is so common that lots of students and parents even regard it as normal…lol…

  5. I agree chinese student to study in US which is the best learning place, But, to my upset, many chinese student applied for immigration of political asylum at their first year and quit study soon. As I known, more and more chinese interanational student apply for political asylum through this way. Most of them are young people and have I -20 issued by language college, or undergraudated program. Looking for green card as well as get work permit in the applicant period, they have to cheat. The obvious evidence of lying is that a lot of chinese will go back and forth between US and the “prosecuting” china when they got green card soon, The green card from political asylum should be temp.

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