Students on culture of learning in Shanghai and Hong Kong
11 October 2011 Last updated at 17:19 BST
Students in Shanghai and Hong Kong are now the highest-performing in the world, according to international league tables.
Henry Chau from Hong Kong, and Lily Yue and Amelia Bian from Shanghai, are all spending time at universities in London.
They spoke to BBC News about how the culture of learning in their cities has led to intense competition for academic success.