Study at university in China with CSA & ChinaUniversities.org

China Study Abroad

About

Our goal is to make studying abroad in China as easy and accessible as possible.

China Study Abroad is a comprehensive, affordable, service-oriented company offering university language programs programs in China. We pride ourselves on keeping our costs down by offering a standardized set of services to help you get settled in and make sure you have support and a community during your time in China.

ChinaUniversities.org helps students find Master's and Bachelor's Degree programs in China. The mission is to:

1. Make information on Chinese universities and the courses they offer clear and easily accessible
2. Make the application process as simple as possible
3. Help students find scholarships for degrees in China.
4. Remain a free service.

Founded
2006
Headquarters

Room 604-7 Dominion Centre 43-59 Queen's Road East
Wan Chai
Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong SAR China

New Program on Tropical Hainan Island

New "Hawaii of the East" Program! We are now offering semester and year programs on Hainan Island, in the capital Haikou.

Semester w/ single dorm - US$3075
Year w/ single dorm - US$5345.

Reviews

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Sebastian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I decided to go with CSA because I did not exactly know what school to go to and did not have time to organize everything properly by myself. This is the fourth time I have been to study to China in my Summer holidays and I have to say that going there with CSA has been my best experience so far. CSA did everything very quickly and their trips on the weekends were very nice.

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Tyler
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CSA is fantastic and I cannot recommend them enough!

The journey starts when you are greeted and picked up at the airport by a friendly and enthusiastic staff member. Everyone at CSA is absolutely thrilled to be in China, and it's hard for the feeling to not rub off! The staff will take you directly to your accommodations and make sure you are settled in properly. The best part about CSA is the people. They really take the time and energy to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your stay.

Also, they are really good about hosting group events and connecting CSA students, so you will already have a group of friends as soon as you arrive. And if you decide to not participate in the group activities, that's fine too, but they are always there as a nice option!

From the airport pickup, to dealing with admissions and housing, to getting my phone working, booking train tickets, etc. etc. - CSA was there to help every step of the way. I actually can't image going to China without them. This is a highly professional and reliable group, yet still fun and easygoing. I would recommend CSA to anyone planning on making a trip to China!

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Hannah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad in China was not just learning the language, but it was about immersing myself in the culture and with the people. CSA had helped me to achieve this by ensuring that I felt comfortable with my way around the city, with the homestay family, and introducing me to other students both local and international. I highly recommend the programs that they offer because it is worth every penny.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps the homestay family can be a bit more interactive
More options for classes
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Ashkaun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

They were able to set me up with Martial Arts classes with some of the best Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing) fighters in the country. The hotel they booked was close to their office and conveniently located near public transport.

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Andrew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing agency staffed with genuinely honest and professional people - they made my 3 months in Beijing tremendously rewarding and successful.

After getting over my initial trepidation of working with a China based company I quickly realised how much the CSA team helped me with my experience in BLCU to studying Mandarin. The support was there from day 1, from airport pickup to the welcome pack with mobile phone, from helping me when i was stranded in a taxi to helping me book train tickets outside Beijing.

They took the hassle out of everything and enabled me to focus on my propose of enjoying China and learning the language. I met many friends there who did not go through agencies and I truly believe my experiences were far better because of what the CSA team has put in place to help students in Beijing.

A quick summary on how going with CSA was more beneficial than applying directly or going with another agency:

1. Trustworthy and honest. Really helpful when i was booking all this whilst sat in Japan.
2. Support from Day 1 - pick up at airport, welcome pack, mobile phone, help with my dorms
3. Single room - many students had to share in the dorms because agencies tend to get first pick. Over the 3 months i was so happy i had my own space
4. Much more than an agency - CSA helped me with many random queried both large and small. Great team.

In short, highly recommended. Happy to answer any queries if you have them. I am totally independent from CSA with my only interaction coming from booking this course from them.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Marissa Abbott

Marissa Abbott is an Epidemiology major and Chinese Minor at the University of Rochester. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois and enjoys tap dancing, baking and photography!
girl in front of bird's nest

Highlights: The highlight of my academic experience was learning about the Chinese health care system and how traditional Chinese medicine is an integral part of treatment therapy. The opportunity to visit hospitals and clinics and apply the knowledge I learned was incredible. I was able to perform acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion (traditional Chinese medicine treatments) on patients within a hospital setting. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Furthermore, it was enlightening to see the disparities present between rural and urban health care facilities. The opportunity to discover what encompasses public health in China was a privilege that I would have not had on any other program.

The highlight of my travel experiences would be climbing the Yellow Mountain in southern China with friends. The Yellow Mountain is the most beautiful mountain in all of China. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, taking over six hours to climb 25 km up the mountain. The views were insane! Nothing like I’d ever experienced before. It was some of the most breathtaking scenery. We were literally up in the clouds. We spent the night in bunk beds at the top of the mountain, enjoying each other’s company. The next day, we spent a couple of hours climbing down the mountain. It was definitely easier to climb down the mountain and I was able to get some amazing pictures of the scenery, particularly of waterfalls. I hope I get the chance to return one day, but if not, I’m glad I took the time to make the climb.

Morning: As a student at Peking University, a typical morning included a quick breakfast before heading to class. Every morning, I would leave my dormitory and head to my three-hour class in Mandarin Chinese. There were daily quizzes that focused on improving our vocabulary and character writing. In addition, we spent a lot of time working with grammar exercises. We were not allowed to speak English at all and so my speaking and listening abilities improved greatly. After class, I would venture to lunch with fellow students to one of the many restaurants/dinning halls on campus to eat delicious Chinese food!

Great Wall Jump

Afternoon: Afternoons consisted of either class or exploration of the Beijing area! For the first semester of my program, I took a course on public health in China. The second semester, I took a course on traditional Chinese medicine. Both were very hands-on and included a lot of on-sight field trips into hospitals and clinics. We were able to experience treatment therapies first-hand and I gained valuable knowledge about holistic approaches to treating disease. When I didn’t have class, I would be visiting one of the many tourist sights in Beijing including: the Olympic Village, Lama Temple, Beihai Park and so much more!

Evening: My typical evening included a variety of activities. Some nights, I would cook dinner. Other nights, I would go out with friends and eat at delicious restaurants. I have food allergies, which is challenging, but I was still able to try a variety of foods. After dinner, depending on the night, I would do work and/or explore the city with friends. Nightlife in Beijing is interesting. It was fun to check out the "scene" at different places. There is always something to do! The city never sleeps. You will see construction happening at 3 am, which I was not expecting. These explorations enhanced my experience abroad because it allowed me to see the difference in cultural interactions from day to night.

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

What position do you hold at CSA? What has been your career path so far?

I currently serve as the Student Liaison, which basically means I'm the first point of contact for students once they've arrived in China. After earning an Economics degree in England, I decided to go for something completely different, take a leap of faith and learn some Chinese.

I originally came to China to study through CSA, and had such a great time, I wanted to get involved with the company more formally. I applied for the job of the student liaison (afterall, who knows what the students have to go through better than someone who was recently been in exactly the same position!) Now I'm climbing up the CSA ladder and will soon become the National Operations Manager (watch out, David!).

Did YOU study abroad?

I studied Chinese in Beijing for one year at BLCU. I had always wanted to learn a new language, and due to China's recent rise as an economic power and the diverse culture, I knew it would be an interesting, challenging, and overall very useful language to learn!

What does the future hold for CSA - any exciting new programs to share?

CSA continues to offer a huge variety of courses. From two weeks at a private school to one year intensive courses at top universities - we're there to help every step of the way. We now offer specialized optional courses for students aimed at learning new skills, such as cooking and other cultural classes.

We're even designing our programs to make teaching opportunities more accessible. And if that's not enough, we're happy to tailor one of our courses to suit the individual needs of the student - all they have to do is get in contact with one of our super friendly program advisors.

Describe what "study abroad" means to you in 3 words or less.

New. Exciting. Opportunity.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

China's powerful emergence on the global stage and fascinating culture can only mean more people will realize the value of learning Chinese. I have no doubt that within the next ten years, even more students will take a leap of faith and head abroad.

Students know that study abroad is a great tool for finding a fresh challenge and gaining insight into a different culture from their own and will start to take advantage, especially as companies (such as CSA!) offer such a broad range of awesome courses!!