This is the executive summary of a report prepared by students in my Modern Chinese Economic History course in spring 2014.
At that time, every Chinese university was competing to admit foreign students, mostly from Africa and the middle east. University programs got put together on very short timeframes, with no training for staff and procedures more or less made up on the spot. The pawns in this process were the foreign students themselves, who often arrived unprepared for college work, unfamiliar with China, lacking any Chinese language, their first time out of the home country, and certainly unprepared for Chinese university norms. This work was an attempt to bring some efficacy, functionality (rather than efficiency) to the international student program. Although this report is from 2014, there is no doubt that international programs in China still require upgrading to bring them to a minimal acceptable standard of responsiveness and care.
Any student looking to attend school in China should read this, at least to get the jist of the boots-on-the-ground feel among foreign students. This is not to say, do not attend school in China. But forewarned is forearmed. The full report is available by emailing me.