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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.

Website
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

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tyler
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
9/10

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
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ashkaun
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Andrew
9/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Elizabeth Wozniak

Elizabeth Wozniak is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She is currently a student at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania pursuing a Chinese Studies major and Psychology minor. Elizabeth can't wait to graduate and earn her degree so that she can make more trips back to China!

Why did you decide to study abroad with CSA in Beijing, China?

student on beach

Elizabeth: After taking Chinese language courses in high school and college, I knew that I wanted to pursue studying this amazing language even further. Therefore, my next logical step was to study abroad in China. One of my classmates from college was preparing to study abroad in the upcoming semester, and I thought that she would be an excellent resource to learn a bit more on how to successfully plan this kind of trip. She told me that she had discovered a study abroad agency called China Study Abroad (CSA). I immediately looked into their services and found that they were very personable and accommodating.

I felt comfortable in putting my trust in them to make my trip hopes become a reality. One of my favorite things about planning my trip with CSA was that they allowed you to really customize your trip to your wants and needs. There were various choices about what kind of living arrangement you would prefer, whether you would enjoy taking part in the weekly activities that they held for students, interest in a tutor, and even the choice of signing up for travel and medical insurance. To me, having this variety of choices to make the program exactly what worked for me, combined with the friendly and helpful staff, solidified my decision to use China Study Abroad.

What made this study experience unique and special?

Elizabeth: Before traveling to Beijing, I thought the world was a huge, unknown place. I only knew a couple of people that actually lived in China, but none from any other countries. I never knew much about history, geography, or other countries in general, but by studying abroad, I was able to meet people from all around the globe. My best friends that I made while in China are actually from Germany. I never anticipated that I would be able to meet so many lifelong friends from other countries. This experience opened my eyes to the see that the most important people in your life may not be from your home country. It showed me that you don't need to be with your best friends every minute of every day for them to deserve the title of "best friend."

students at forbidden city

Traveling throughout China was a unique experience in and of itself. Not only did I get to see several Chinese cities, but I was able to travel with my best friends. Combining traveling and my best friends made the experiences that much more special for me. The times that I had with them are the memories that will remain with me for a lifetime. Although I may not get to see them or the various cities in China very often, I will never forget the impact that they made on my study abroad experience and my life. The world that I once thought was huge and unknown is a little bit smaller now.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Elizabeth: Studying abroad at Peking University, China's premier university, took my education one giant step further. Before I studied abroad, I felt as though my Chinese language skills were improving greatly each semester that I continued to study. Although this was true, I never could have anticipated just how much more I could advance in my language skills while abroad. One of my greatest struggles in learning Chinese was being able to accurately listen and reply during an impromptu conversation. Because I was completely immersed in the language, and I had a daily tutor, my conversational skills quickly improved. I was now able to hold relaxed one-on-one conversations with ease. The point at which I realized that I could hold these conversations confidently, was when I knew that studying abroad paid off for me.

Although I have academically advanced because of studying abroad, my confidence level has also increased. I feel as though this experience was exactly what I needed to give me confidence in speaking Chinese, and also in being an independent person. Before studying abroad, I had always traveled with family. Having to take on all of the responsibilities of being on your own is challenging, but because I successfully took this trip, I now know that I am fully capable of going wherever life takes me.

student great wall of china

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering studying abroad in Beijing?

Be prepared! This is general advice for any kind of trip, whether it be domestic or international. I have had plenty of conversations with other individuals traveling throughout the world, and almost every person I talk to has questions about their trips that can be easily answered with just a little bit of research. I wanted to know everything about every aspect of my trip, from flight itineraries, to pick up from the airport, to details about attaining my student visa. Beyond those travel-related questions, I wanted to know what sort of mask would be best for air-purification, how I would travel to school every day, and what the climate was like.

Some of these questions don't apply to everyone's travels, but that is why you must research your destination and everything about it. My student visa application was by far the most stressful to obtain. I knew that if I did not have all of my paperwork together, that I would not receive my visa in a timely fashion. For this reason, I checked, double-checked, and triple-checked all of my paperwork and all of the websites listing the materials that I would need to obtain my visa. This extra work paid off for me, and I was able to travel completely stress-free. Honestly, if you take the time to be over prepared, you'll be much better off in the long run.

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?

Interview with Chris O'Brien - China Study Abroad

Chris: 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?

Chris: 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?

Chris: 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.

Chris: 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?

Chris: 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!!

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