Studying in China
China has undergone an extraordinary change, with contrasting features between the traditional rural and urban modern living.
Although China has historically been the source for a large number of international students studying abroad, nowadays overseas students from more than 175 countries are coming to China to discover and learn what the country can provide.
Why study in China?
Tertiary education in China has greatly improved in the last dozen years, and more and more overseas students are starting to appreciate the high quality academic programmes and research facilities.
There are currently around 200,000 international students in China, enrolled in popular course programmes such as Chinese language, medicine and management, as well as engineering and science
Beijing, Fudan and Tsinghua universities are top Chinese universities and ranked amongst the best in Asia. They are also highly regarded by academics and recruiters.
Mandarin is the main language of teaching. An international student may therefore need to spend one to two years learning basic Chinese before embarking on other studies. Although many subjects are nowadays taught also in English.
- Be part of the world’s fastest growing economy with a unique culture and history.
- Highly regarded academic teaching and research
- Discover ancient traditions, fascinating treasures, world heritage sites and exciting modern cities
- Learn in Chinese or English.
How much will education cost in China?
Cost of education is important in the choice of where to study, and China is a very affordable option for a quality education in Asia.
Tuition fees range from US$1,500 to US$6,500). The cost of living is also reasonable, at around US$3,500 to US$14,000 per year, depending on the choice of accommodation and lifestyle.
Undergraduate degrees take four to six years to complete, Masters degrees two to three years and PhD studies three years. Chinese language studies usually take one to two years.
The China Scholarship Council offers overseas student scholarships to around 5% of all international students, providing a subsidy of around US$200 for living and tuition expenses for overseas students.
Important information about studying in China
Before applying to study at a Chinese university or college, it is advisable to get more information on enrolment dates, application deadlines, student visas and language requirements.
Main intake: September
Application deadline: June
Minimum visa requirements: a student (study visa) is required. A valid passport with at least six months remaining validity, a visa application form (Q1), original Entrance Notice of Schools (JW201 or JW202), as well as a physical examination certificate if more than one year will be spent studying in China.
Language requirements: The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test for Chinese language proficiency may be required if studies are conducted in the Chinese language.