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Homeschooling in China

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're moving with kids to China and homeschooling is something you're considering, it's important to do your research and learn about homeschooling in China.

Homeschooling, a concept that has gained significant traction in Western countries, is a relatively new phenomenon in China. The Chinese education system, known for its rigorous curriculum and high academic expectations, has traditionally been the only accepted form of education. However, with the increasing globalization and the influx of expatriates, homeschooling is slowly gaining recognition. This article explores the legality, prevalence, requirements, resources, university admissions considerations, and the pros and cons of homeschooling in China, particularly for expatriate families.

Is it Legal to Homeschool in China?

While there are no specific laws prohibiting homeschooling in China, the Chinese government strongly encourages formal education. For foreign residents or expatriates, homeschooling is generally tolerated, provided the children are not Chinese citizens. However, it's important to note that the legal landscape can change, and it's advisable to stay updated with the latest regulations.

Is Homeschooling Common in China?

Homeschooling is not common in China, with only a small fraction of the population opting for it. The Chinese education system places a high value on formal schooling, and deviation from this norm is often met with skepticism. However, among expatriate communities, homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular due to language barriers and differing educational philosophies.

What Specific Requirements are There for Homeschoolers in China?

There are no specific legal requirements for homeschooling in China. However, it's recommended that parents follow a structured curriculum to ensure their children meet international educational standards. For expatriates, it's often advisable to follow the curriculum of their home country to facilitate a smooth transition should they return.

Are There Groups or Resources for Families Who Homeschool in China?

Yes, there are several resources and support groups for families who choose to homeschool in China. Online forums and social media groups provide platforms for parents to share experiences, advice, and resources. Additionally, there are homeschooling cooperatives where families can collaborate to provide a more comprehensive education for their children.

What Should Homeschooling Parents Take into Consideration for University Admissions in China and Internationally?

For university admissions, homeschooling parents should ensure their children meet the entry requirements of their desired institutions. This often includes standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT for American universities. In China, foreign students may be required to take the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test). It's crucial to research specific university requirements early to adequately prepare.

What are the Pros and Cons of Homeschooling in China for Expat Families?

Homeschooling in China offers several advantages for expat families, including flexibility, personalized learning, and the ability to incorporate their home country's curriculum. However, it also presents challenges such as social isolation, the burden of providing a comprehensive education, and potential legal uncertainties. It's essential for families to weigh these factors before deciding on homeschooling.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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