"They feel they have more of a future there. There is a strong sense of patriotism and wanting to build China. They want to do something," she said.
At least 6.3 million Chinese students are expected to graduate from college this year. Some predict that China may soon hold the greatest number of PhD degrees.
A student from one Chinese high school visited by ABC News said that "chinese students often have clear short time goals such as a specific university in China or America, but for American students they don't have so much pressure."