Editor’s note： China is the top country of origin for international students in the US， with more than 274，000 Chinese students reportedly accounting for 31 percent of all international students at US universities.Many Chinese parents save up a lot of money for their children to pursue an overseas education. Is it worth spending big to study abroad？ You are welcome to leave your comments.
Arsa （Russia）： I went to study abroad when I was 17. First year was a total waste as I met plenty of Russian students in my college and we spent most of our time shopping and hanging out at cafes. It wasn’t until two years later that I realized that my English hadn’t improved.I changed my mindset entirely and started studying hard.I ended up staying in UK for 10 years， which opened a lot of doors and introduced me to great people， so I’m all for studying abroad.
Truth （US）： There is an assumption that American education is the best in the world， so Chinese parents are pushing their kids to American colleges. And some are even sending their children overseas at junior or high school level. I often feel this is a mistake as the education a Chinese child gets in a foreign country is very different from what they are used to and they often struggle. Some students have trouble understanding their lecturers and their assignments keep coming back with poor scores.
One possible version：
（贊成） More and more Chinese parents prefer to send their children to study abroad， assuming that their children can receive the best education despite heavy financial burdens. People’s opinions on this vary.
I think it makes good sense to send children to study abroad for the following reasons. First， when studying abroad， children are exposed to a different culture， which will help broaden their horizons and provide them with a chance to improve their foreign language. Second， living apart from their family， children can learn to adapt to the new environment and live on their own. Last but not the least， faced with fierce competition in a job market， a person owning a foreign diploma can have an edge over others.
In summary， it goes without saying that studying abroad is an excellent experience from which children can benefit a lot， so if possible， children should make the most of the great chance.
（反对） More and more Chinese parents prefer to send their children to study abroad， assuming that their children can receive the best education despite heavy financial burdens. People’s opinions on this vary.
I don’t think it is a wise option to send children to foreign countries for education， especially those at junior or senior level. For one thing， we have good universities in China where students can receive an equally good education and therefore owning a foreign diploma doesn’t necessarily mean an edge over others in hunting for jobs. For another， so high is the tuition that not every family can afford it. Besides， finding it hard to adapt to the new environment， some students feel depressed or even drop out without achieving anything.
Whether to send children to study abroad is a vital decision worthy of careful consideration. It is not where to study but how to study well that really makes a difference.