China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students because of its long history and exciting culture. In 2012, more than 320,000 students from over 180 countries came to China to study for either degree or non-degree programs.One of the fastest-developing countries in the world, China is a great place to start off or enhance your career. If you choose a masterís degree which incorporates work experience, youíll have a chance to gain first-hand experience of work in China, becoming immersed in Chinese culture and business practices. Concordia University Irvineís MA in International Studies (MAIS) offers the opportunity to take on paid teaching jobs in China, while earning a masterís degree from a US-accredited university. Those who choose the international business track of the program can also choose to complete business internships.China has become a popular place for international students to study as the country is striving to build more world-class universities. Recently, the investment into their higher education system has risen considerably. Students interested in majoring in engineering, science, medicine, economics and trade, would find Chinese universities such as Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Science and Technology of China are great places to enrol - their courses are highly respected. In terms of the levels of qualifications achieved and their global currency, the Chinese government has signed an agreement of mutual recognition of academic achievement qualifications with a number of countries including the United States, Britain, France and Japan.As part of its rapid economic development over the past three decades, Chinese cities have developed eye-catching works of modern architecture, attracting many tourists to places like the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai and Beijingís Olympic Birdís Nest. However, China does not just boast modern attractions but also boasts landmarks of historic importance like the ancient structures of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City Ė breathtaking places to visit when taking breaks from study.As a student, money is a big issue and always a constant worry. As it is already expensive enough to study in oneís home country, it is generally supposed that studying abroad will stretch bank accounts even more and so many students decide not to take a year out without researching the possibilities. Surprisingly, though, this is not always the case. The United States and Australia boast the highest expenses, and for a non-EU citizen the cost of studying and living in the UK can reach up to £13,000 annually. On the other hand, the tuition fees in China, per semester, are generally no more than US$1000, and with short-term Mandarin lessons costing a few hundred dollars and the bus fares and subway tickets to Beijing costing a mere 30 cents, getting the most out of living in China and being cost-effective could not be simpler.