A recent report by a Chinese think tank said more than 4.58 million of the Asian country’s citizens were studying or have studied overseas from 1978 to 2016.
In a report published on Monday, the Center for China and Globalisation said 544,500 Chinese students studied abroad in 2016, about 3.97 percent higher than the previous year.
According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, the report said Chinese students were a major source of international students studying in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom as of 2016.
Last year, 31 percent of the Chinese students enrolled in Business Administration courses, up four percent from the year before while 16 percent took up engineering science the same year, down three percent from 2015.
In Canada, Chinese high school students made up for more than half of the total international high school student population in the country.
The reported also showed that China was home to some 550 international schools, the highest among all countries.
China’s foreign student enrollments also saw an 11.3 percent growth last year with the number reaching 443,000, the report said.