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There is an allure to traveling abroad to study. It’s a certain “je ne sais quoi” that sets in when someone begins to consider moving away from their hometown to learn the Chinese language in China.

It’s the feeling of butterflies fluttering in the stomach.

This desire to move away and see something new is becoming normal for millennials around the globe. An HSBC study surveyed more than 27,000 expats from 100 countries about why they’re choosing to ditch their home countries.

They found that millennials are willing to say goodbye to their hometown friends and decline offers from local colleges. Why? Because they want to experience a new perspective.

Here are four reasons why millennials are choosing to leave their comfort zones to study elsewhere.


Most millennials balance the need for education with intense wanderlust, which is a desire and lust for wandering.

With the rise of social media, wanderlust has spread like wildfire as every marketing tactic on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter reinforces millennials’ impulse to book that flight.

Daniel Obst, the AFS CEO, says that “Gen Z students don’t just want to simply travel to other countries; they are looking for authentic experiences through the eyes of local people. These are the adventures and stories they want to experience and share with others.”

It’s not about being a tourist. It’s about living. Young adults want to chase down new cultural experiences. When it is related to learning the Chinese language, Gen Z tends to seek an authentic environment to enjoy both immersive learning trips of Mandarin Chinese and things to do in Kunming. It’s not just about learning, but also about life experience when living and studying abroad.


Politics is a new reason why millennials want to study abroad.

This past year, the government state of affairs has become of interest to young voters, especially in the U.S.A. and U.K. With the political uncertainty in many countries, citizens are looking to leave their homes. A good reason to say goodbye is to study in a new country.

Millennials are looking for countries to study in that are more liberal and accepting of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

Kunming, China, has a growing population of young students and one reason is that Kunming is home to more than 26 ethnic minority groups. By studying Mandarin in Kunming, you will also have a chance to experience the unique ethnic minority culture in China.


Millennials are opening their textbooks in new countries in hopes that it will benefit their future careers. A gap year program in China is the most common way of practicing it.

How can learning the Chinese language benefit your future career? A study by SmartStudy found that 95% of surveyed students admitted that studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity: something an employer looks for.

Another study found that three-quarters of the respondents acquired skill sets that influenced their future career paths.

While the majority of students who study abroad will go back to their home country for a career, there is an appeal to staying abroad to work full-time.

The growth of “digital nomads” and the redefining of “work” is appealing to youth today. More than half of the expats (52%) aged 34 or younger rated the work culture in their host countries better than back home. Speaking of working in China, the HSK test score is one of the standards to evaluate the Chinese proficiency of an expat. (What is the HSK test? HSK test is an efficient tool to evaluate your Chinese proficiency after learning Chinese Mandarin for a while.)

Are you wondering what one of the most popular destinations is to study and work abroad? It’s China! But why should you study abroad in China? In this gradually globalized world, abroad study experiences, especially those related to China, could bring more benefits for you.

Millennials are traveling to China because they realize the impact of globalization on their career goals. Learning Mandarin, the most spoken language in the world, is a huge benefit for their futures.


The most important reason millennials travel abroad to study is that they want to grow their language skills.

Young adults choose to learn Mandarin because China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy by 2030. Add to the fact that there are nearly a billion native Mandarin speakers, and you’ve got the two top reasons to grow your language skills.

There are many different options to study a new language, but Keats School in Kunming, China has found that intensive one-on-one immersive Chinese langauge program allow the student to get the most out of their studies. And the small group Chinese class allow young people to save more money during their stay in China, which is a very economical friendly solution when budget is tight.

While the language itself is important, so is the country and city of choice. Students are looking for a place with a good reputation, safe, close to other places for traveling, and welcoming to all people. Kunming city is an ideal place that almost covers all of these selective standards. It has the mildest climate in China, the most authentic Chinese living style to experience, the most various minority groups’ culture to explore, and locals are all hospitality to international people. So many facts approve that Kunming is the best place to study Chinese in China. The most convinced one must be that Kunming is a lovely place to enjoy a slow-pace daily life, which can let you really immerse yourself in the authentic Chinese language environment.

There are more options for learning destinations out of Kunming city when you learn Chinese with Keats SchoolDali, Lijiang, Puzhehei, Yuanyang, Xishuangbanna, Tengchong, Jianshui, and Jingmai Tea Mountain, Keats School has set up a well-connected net of Chinese learning destinations across China.


Millennials have grown up with the world at their fingertips and have always been able to connect. They are casually fearless and believe that travel is a level of adulthood to reach and a rite of passage.

So there you have it, 4 reasons why millennials choose to say hello to studying in a new country. After reading this, do you now have the travel bug? Won’t it be fun when your parents and friends have to Google Translate your letters home? We think so.



1. Can you list out some Chinese cities that suitable for international students?

Kunming city is the best place for you to study Chinese Mandarin. You can take it as your base in China and explore other Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Chongqing, and Wuhan. Because Kunming boasts the fifth largest international airport in China and a well-developed express train system connecting to different corners of China.

2. What things can a foreign student to experience in Kunming, China?

There are so many activities and events for entertainment in Kunming city. Whether you’re a people person or you only want to enjoy a peaceful moment with yourself, Kunming city will satisfy you.

There are various themed pubs and clubs for dancing and drinks. There are also special book stores and coffee shops for you to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of reading. Western-style restaurants and local restaurants can both offer you delicious foods. Theatre, shopping malls, and gyms are all available choices for you to make your life here meaningful.

3. Is it possible to study and have the internship at the same time?

If you’re studying at Keats School, it is easy to combine your learning and internship. Keats School has set up a good connection with local enterprises and helped many students build their careers in Kunming. The Keats Mandarin learning community is a place to share language learning experiences, a dynamic community to share various resources, and a platform to reach unlimited possibilities.

4. Is it convenient to fly over to China? What about the transportation between different Chinese cities?

Most metropolitan areas have set up direct flights with major Chinese cities in different areas, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Chongqing, etc. It is quite convenient to travel over to China. When you arrive in the major cities in China, it is also easy to reach different regions by taking the express train. Some main transportations will make your living in China easier and more convenient.

5. Is it expensive to live in China? How about the cost of living in Kunming?

You can always find tricks to save money or live an economic life when studying in China.

How much does it cost to learn Chinese in China? Except for the fixed tuition fee for Mandarin learning, the answer to this question depends on what kind of cost items are included in your daily expense. Besides that, which city are you living in, and what your lifestyle should be considered.

Kunming city is a very budget-friendly place for international students to stay. Commodity price and housing price is relatively low here compared with other major Chinese cities.

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Josh | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one of the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with a smile every day.


嶋田京子 | Japan

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

Kunming’s scenery is very beautiful. It is the best place to study Chinese in China. My favorite learning method at Keats School is one-on-one because it is suitable for everyone. My teacher is very good, very caring, and lovely. My life when learning Chinese in Kunming is very good and the weather is very good. The air is very good. It is good for the elderly’s body.


Claudia | Australia

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I’ve been at Keats school and Kunming now for one month doing the one-on-one Chinese lessons with two different teachers. I really enjoy it. Both of my teachers are very friendly and patient. They really helped me to improve my Chinese, both of my reading and speaking. I really enjoy studying Chinese in Kunming as well. This city is really beautiful and the weather is nice, the air is clean. It’s one of the best cities in China to study Chinese.


Hilary | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I’ve had a really great time here. I’ve studied a lot with my teacher who was fantastic. Keats School tried very hard to match its students with really good teachers that their personality works very well together. I really enjoy studying Chinese at Keats and I will definitely come back.


Jean | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I can’t tell you how much I liked it. The thing I liked about the teachers and the teaching method is that there is so much flexibility. The other thing I liked about the teaching is the combination of classic textbook learning and going outside. I loved it! I like getting to know other students. Everybody shared the same goal and that’s making their Chinese better. Kunming is a big city, but it is very safe to live here. Another thing I liked about Keats is the idea that people here help you. I can’t recommend it enough. I think it was a valuable experience. Looking forward to coming back!


Ramji | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

The best part of the school is the patience the instructors had and the time to focus on the fundamentals like pronunciation. I think it is very easy to skip over those and go to vocabulary. But by learning the pronunciation, I feel like it helped me gain a better understanding of the language.


Mike | Australia

Small Group Chinese Class

I think Kunming is a great city, the weather is really good. I really like Keats school and found it is very organized. The teachers here are very good. They have a coffee shop and new classrooms, a new lounge area here now, so you can chill out with your friends and practice your spoken Chinese with natives. If you’re considering coming to Keats to study, I would really recommend it. It’s the best place to learn Mandarin and I think it will be a great experience for you.



Judith | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

Listening and speaking in the classroom every day has improved my communication skills. After three weeks, my new words and sentences became more and more natural and fluent. Now I am used to thinking in Chinese, and I understand better what other people say, to be able to have real conversations with other people.

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