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Overseas studying deposit launched

CHINA'S first overseas study deposit scheme was launched yesterday to ensure students' commission is paid off should an agency cheat them or go out of business.

As the number of Chinese studying overseas has increased in recent years, there has been an increase in disputes between students and agencies - which act as middlemen finding students overseas universities.

One local student lost 210,000 yuan (US$31,951.1) after studying at a substandard German university recommended by a local agency. The student asked the agent to compensate him, without success. Legal action was also unsuccessful.

The first batch of 1 million yuan commission from an education agency was handed to the China Consumer Association at the launch of the scheme in the city yesterday.

If students have trouble with an agency, they can go to the consumers' right watchdog for arbitration, without having to launch a lawsuit.

Should the authorities find that the firm did harm the rights of the students' families, they will compensate them with the deposit.


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