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As an increasing number of highly-accomplished Chinese students are applying to U.S. colleges and universities—particularly the Ivy League—it is important to understand the differences between Chinese and American educational systems, as well as some ways that Chinese students may improve their chances of getting admitted to U.S. universities.
Differences between Chinese and American Education Systems
In general, the Chinese education system emphasizes strict discipline, strong work ethic, repetition, recitation, and drilling. Rote learning and memorization are common. Chinese schools also follow strict standardized, national exams, which dictate the elementary, high school, and university that a student can attend. Thus, students work for countless hours memorizing information to prove themselves on these exams.
The first step for nearly all students applying for financial aid is completing the FAFSA. FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the federal government’s application for federal financial aid, and it is also used by state governments and many colleges and universities as they determine how much money to give you to help pay for college.
With college applications now complete (congratulations!), it’s time to apply for financial aid and scholarships.
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