A recent CCTV news report revealed that on July 17th, “a 19 year old Chinese student in Italy unexpectedly died.” The news caused a surge of public commentary. Most internet users felt sorry for this young girl, but there were those who took delight in the tragedy.
One internet user commented, “I’ve been very safe growing up at home. I don’t have money to go abroad, so being poor is kind of good luck. I have no sympathy for this kind of stuff. She deserved to die, anyway, they’re all second-generation rich!” Reading such words, one really can’t help but gasp. Such cold blood? Such hate for the rich? Or is some deeper psychological issue at play? Is study abroad really the exclusive right of second-generation rich?
Study abroad is not just for second-generation now
Many people think that only “rich people” with “wealthy family background” choose to study abroad. So how much does it cost to study abroad after all? Can someone “scrape together” enough money? Let’s look at what it costs to study abroad in various countries.
The United States has the world’s largest collection of higher education establishments, and many students hope to study there. There is a large range of tuitions for schools in the United States, with yearly tuition at public schools ranging from 70,000 to 150,000 RMB per year. Private schools are comparatively somewhat higher, from about 150,000 to 200,000 RMB per year. Living expenses are according to personal need and city of location. Generally, second-tier US cities are about 70,000 RMB per year for an individual, while in New York and other larger cities, living expenses can be kept under 120,000 RMB. Overall, if a student chooses to go to a public school in a second-tier city, expenses can be kept within about 200,000 RMB a year. If you’re an MA student on a two-year program, 400,000 RMB can cover all your study abroad expenses. Students who have the chance to work or apply for scholarships can lighten the burden of their expenses, sometimes even by half.
Canada and Australia are superior to the United States in terms of immigration. In recent years, Australia and Canada have also become hotspots for study abroad. Australia, for example, has undergraduate tuitions of between 120,000 and 150,000 RMB per year, with graduate tuitions about 20,000 to 30,000 higher. In terms of living expenses, about 80,000 to 100,000 RMB is enough for a student. Although it’s not as easy to apply for Australian scholarships as it is to apply for US scholarships, there’s not much difference in terms of the time required. An MA student on a one-year program, 200,000 RMB should be enough. If you want to save a bit more, work-study programs are’t a bad choice. Don’t be shocked if you’ve heard some people spend 100,000 RMB on an Australian MA. Work-study programs allow students from less wealthy families go abroad to continue their studies.
With the development of China’s economy and the increase of the RMB’s exchange rate, study abroad is no longer only for the rich. Many people are relying on their own hard work to fulfill their study abroad dream. Also, as the funds necessary to live in some big cities in China are rising rapidly, the difference between the cost of studying in China and studying abroad is getting steadily decreasing.
Respect life & reject “hatred of the wealthy”
As for those who die abroad, we should mourn and express sympathy. This is respect for life. The cold-blooded and sneering crowd that delights in tragedy either suffers from “sour grapes” mentality or is dissatisfied with real life. No matter what, she has died, and we hope respect for life can be maintained, and those who hold a “rich hating” mentality can refrain from being heartless spectators.
Original publication date: 7/18/2013