Its a dream of many a Chinese parent to see their child receive a foreign education. But as an increasing number of Chinese students go abroad at younger ages, so too does competition increase for students wanting to enter schools in the USA, the most popular destination for Chinese students.
But with demand rising, Chinese parents are finding that if their children can’t get accepted into a US school, there is still the next best thing: a Chinese school that is located in the US.
Dongbei-based Jiahui Education is hoping to meet the growing Chinese demand for a US education by opening its own school in Chester, New Hampshire. Called Busche Academy, the $1.5 million investment looks to cater to the needs of Chinese exchange students seeking an education abroad, but won’t have to contend with the hassles of living with a host family not accustomed to having Chinese guests.
Jiahui’s students pay an annual tuition of $6,000 to be enrolled at any of its four schools in China, or $10,000 to be part of its international school at Busche Academy. A summer program at the New Hampshire campus costs $2,000.
Branching out with “international campuses” in the US is catching with other companies as well.
A company called Weiming has been trying to purchase a former University of Connecticut off-campus location in West Hartford, Connecticut to serve as a dormitory from which exchange students would attend local public schools. A similar situation is happening in Rhode Island where a company called Roosevelt Academy wants to change a former nursing home into a dorm.
Despite big ambitions to expand, other educational institutions are hesitant to get involved with start-up schools like Busche Academy.
“If anything, the impression our group left with was concern over the lack of preparation, communication, and substantive educational planning,” said headmaster Griffin Morse of nearby Pinkerton Academy.
And while Busche Academy currently has students enrolled, it doesn’t appear to have a functioning website. A visit to BuscheAcademy.com reveals an unfinished site for the school that doesn’t even contain a proper phone number or e-mail address.
The site just says the school curriculum is “designed to give students a full U.S. cultural experience while attending Busche Academy” of which examples include Six Flags Amusement Park and Boston theater – but most importantly – a tour of the MIT and Harvard campuses.
But even with that little information, Busche Academy demonstrates it knows Chinese parents desperately want their children to study overseas. Getting closer is the bottom line – even if it just means “geographically” closer.