There are almost half a million foreign students in China

There are students from 196 countries in China

Overall, 492.185 foreign students from 196 countries studied in China in 2018, the Chinese Ministry of Education says

There are now more 3,013 foreign students in China than in 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Education announced today. Overall, foreign students amount to almost half a million: 492.185. They are enrolled in 1,004 colleges spread over 31 provincial regions.

They come from 196 countries. About 60% of foreign students come from Asian countries, with South Korea, Thailand and Pakistan taking the top three positions, the statement reads. Nearly 63,000 of these students have been granted scholarships by the Chinese Government.