One in five university students in England are Chinese.
According to a Times report, Britain is the second most popular university destination for overseas students, behind America. Last year young people from mainland China and Hong Kong made up one in five of 330,000 students from outside the United Kingdom studying at British universities.
Cultural Transfer, a study of the experiences of 160 of the 50,775 mainland Chinese students who came to Britain last year, was prompted into undertaking the study by the rising numbers of Chinese who are spending more than 20,000 pounds a year to study abroad.
One of the most astonishing of its findings was that most Chinese students relied on the classics and word of mouth to inform themselves about Britain.
According to Glasgow University's Greg Philo, the author of the study, most Chinese students have a preconceived view of Britain being a country of women enjoying high tea and men wearing top hats. But when they arrive, they experience a culture shock on not finding the Britain that they have read about in Victorian Era novels written by Charles Dickens, and news images, often about the Royal Family.
Professor Philo said that he found that students overcame their initial culture shock and left with a positive view.