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STUDY IN CHINA

 
 

COUNTRY FACTS

Capital:

Beijing

Population:

1,375 137 837

Area:

9,390,784 Km2

Language:

Standard Mandarin

Religion:

Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Protestantism, and Catholicism

Continent:

Asia

 

1. WHY STUDY IN CHINA?

    1. Affordable Study Costs
      Compared to some European countries, America, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries, the cost of studying in China is much more reasonable. The tuition for English taught MBBS, Business and Engineering course etc. is only about 2000 to 4000 US dollars a year.
      You can live a content life with a small budget in China. In cities like Beijing or Shanghai, a rent for a small apartment will be at least 200 to 300 US dollars per month. In small cities and towns, housing prices are much lower, for example, a rent for an apartment with two beds could be 100 US dollars per month in the city of Qingdao, Dalian, Nanjing, Changsha, Weifang and so on. A meal at a local restaurant for one person could only cost 2-5 US dollars. A good pair of shoes might be about 20-30 US dollars at a local market. Taking a bus is usually about 15 cents, and a subway ticket in Shanghai and Beijing is about 30 cents.
      If you are curious about the price of other goods, please just click Fees and Costs

    1. Travel and Discovery
      Located in the east of the world, China is a country with a long history and splendid civilization. Studying in China is a best way for you to fully enjoy this charming and mysterious country. Here you will start a journey of brand-new exploration: experience its unique mix of ancient and modern civilization, enjoy its scenic beauty, study its profound culture as well as making friends with students from all over the world.
      The highly-diversified terrain of China takes you from bustling cities full of colorful nightlife to isolated mountain-top Ming-Dynasty villages where you can even hear a pin drop. As one of the world’s oldest continuous civilization, China will have you stumble on history here and there. But it’s not just a museum of imperial relics, the booming development has left China’s coastline glittering with some of the world’s most modern cities with a forward-thinking dynamism.
      It is convenient and affordable to travel around China owing to the well-developed transportation system. It boasts the world’s most completed railway system and the modern bullet train can reach up to 300 km per hour.
      For further information about life in China please visit today’s China and living in China. To learn about where to study in China, please see cities in China.

    1. Immersed in Chinese Culture
      Studying in China is the start of a life full of excitements and adventures as well as a chance for you to immerse yourself in Chinese culture with a history of more than 5000 years. The profound cultural heritage here will tell you all the stuff about people in this country where is most multicultural in the world. The incomparably varied quintessence of Chinese culture, from Peking opera to calligraphy, from Chinese traditional medicine to martial arts, from the exquisite cuisine to wine culture, all of this will open a window for you to know more about Chinese culture.
      What’s more, China is a multi-ethnic state. 56 nationalities with distinctive features live together in harmony. Each of the minorities has its own tradition, religion and custom. By communicating with Chinese people here, you will find your life is continuously replenished by various cultures and wonderful stories. There are always brand-new horizons to observe and know the world.

    1. High-quality Education
      China is seeking to promote the development of first-class universities, and Chinese government has been invested heavily in education. There are around 6,000 tertiary education institutes in China are allowed by the Chinese Ministry of Education to admit international students with 160 of these institutes are authorized to hand over Chinese government scholarships. Universities offer both degree and non-degree programs not only for programs with distinct Chinese features such as Mandarin, Calligraphy, Kungfu, Classical Chinese Poetry, Chinese Medicine, etc, also programs in subjects such as MBBS, Business, Engineering and many other majors are provided, In particular, for those foreign students who want to gain some training on Chinese language, almost all the universities set up Language and Culture programs to help them learn Chinese, meanwhile, students can get comprehensive service about HSK test and examination. In addition, a lot of universities offer Bachelor’s. Master’s or Doctoral Degree programs taught in English so that even for those who don’t know Chinese, they can get the opportunity to pursue further development.
      The official educational certificates awarded by Chinese universities are internationally recognized. Bilateral recognition agreement has been reached between Chinese government and a great many of countries, including the USA, Britain, France, Japan and 65 other countries and regions. Therefore, it is very safe and guaranteed to study in China under the protection and support of the official authorization.
      Please visit China’s Higher Education to learn more about Chinese higher education.

    1. Promising Job Opportunities
      Known by all, China is the world's second largest economy after the United States. It is the world's fastest-growing major economy, with average growth rates of 10% during the past 30 years. China is also the largest exporter and second largest importer of goods in the world.
      There is no doubt that China’s increasing influence as a global economic power will benefit all the students who study here. Huge demands of Chinese domestic market, numerous world’s top companies such as General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Volkswagen and Siemens etc have made a strategic move to doing business in China with many of them site their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Beijing and Shanghai. Studying in China will offer you a chance to join these international groups and realize yourself in the global work market. Speaking Chinese certainly gives you more options, therefore, studying in China is a best way to learn Chinese and start your fantastic career.

  1. Studying in China safely
    China is a nation of etiquette and Chinese people are warm-hearted and hospitable. The renowned four books and five classics in ancient China and the popularity of Confucianism had endowed the nation with a natural of comity and a consciousness of humility. As was written in the Analects of Confucius ‘isn't it a great joy to have friends from afar’, foreigners who come to China always find them being welcomed by the local neighbors.
    Being one of the permanent members of the United Nations, the Chinese government has constantly appealed its moderate foreign policy which has reached a consensus among numerous countries. Acting to push on the world peace, China has actively developed good-neighboring relations of friendship with the surrounding countries and become one of the safest countries for studying abroad.
    For further information about safety issues, please visit safety consideration
    All in all, the vastness and complexity of China make it exciting to study here. With its rich culture and history, picturesque scenery and booming economy, China has always something to offer every student. So, young man, just go east, start a new life and begin an enjoyable journey, China is waiting for you!

 

2. ADMISSION IN CHINA

General Entry Requirements

International students who want to study at Chinese universities must meet the requirements set out by both the Chinese government and the university they apply to.

Requirements of the Chinese Government

  1. Applicant must be a real student, must hold a student or visitor visa.
  2. No criminal record. Applicants from some countries are requested to provide a non-criminal certificate notarized and certified by the Chinese Embassy;
  3. Some official sectors restrict the number of applicants from certain countries.
  4. Applicants should have the appropriate qualifications and be able to meet all the requirements (in accordance with the school requirements), be in a reliable financial state and have a guarantor in China.
  5. Transfer students need to provide the agreement certificate between the two schools.
  6. For more information regarding the requirements of the Chinese Government, please visit the Ministry of Education or China Scholarship Council.

    Requirements of China's Universities

    • In accordance with different levels of degree, Chinese universities have different requirements for all enrollees. Before applying, you must carefully review these requirements.
    • Usually, non-degree language and culture programs have minimum requirements; as long as you have obtained a high school diploma, you can apply for admission.
    • Chinese-medium degree courses (i.e. degree courses taught in Mandarin Chinese) require the applicant to provide HSK examination results to prove their Chinese language proficiency. Applicants for master's degrees also need to provide a copy of transcripts and recommendation letters.
    • English-medium courses do not require HSK exam results. Instead, applicants for English-medium courses should provide recognized English proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS. (English native speakers or those who hold an academic degree taught in English need not provide test scores).

    More and more universities are starting to offer international programs taught in English. These programs will no longer require HSK examination results and are suitable for international applicants.

    This is a list of requirements for different programs: (Applicants may search for degree courses by degree level according to your personal educational background and the following requirements).

    Type of Student Application and admission requirements Required Chinese language level Study time
    Study time High school graduate or the equivalent (e.g. A-level). In some of China's universities, any education background is accepted. No requirement 1 - 20 weeks
    Language student High school graduate or the equivalent (e.g. A-level). No requirement 1 - 2 years
    Undergraduate or associate student High school graduate or the equivalent (e.g. A-level). A passing grade on China's college entrance examination may be required. Please note that GCSE holders are not admitted onto degree programs by China's universities; those students should apply for a one year program of Pre-College training (or International Foudation Year program) at the chosen university. HSK level 4-6 (for Chinese-medium courses) Undergraduate student
    4 - 5 years 
    Associate students
    2 - 3 years
    Master's degree student Possession of a Bachelor's degree, at least two letters of recommendation from professors. A passing grade on China's college entrance examination may be required. HSK level 5-8 (for Chinese-medium courses) 2 - 3 years
    Doctoral student Possession of a Master's degree, at least two recommendations from professors. A passing grade on China's college entrance examination may be required. HSK level 5-8 (for Chinese-medium courses) 3 years
    Transfer student Student who is studying at another Chinese university should provide a sealed transfer letter from the Foreign Students' Office of current university; and meet other requirements according to degree level. Depending Depending

    NOTE:

    Required Chinese language level: For more on HSK/Chinese Proficiency Test, please click here. Each school sets its own requirements.

    China's college entrance examination: Test subjects are decided by each individual school. In addition to Chinese proficiency for example, humanities students will usually be tested in mathematics. Science and engineering students will be tested in chemistry and biology. Some universities have special review classes before testing to help students prepare. Students who have received an academic degree from a Chinese institution may be allowed to skip the entrance exam.

    3. STUDENT VISA PROCESS

    What is a visa?

    A Visa is the remark, annotation or seal of approval on a legal and valid passport or other travel credentials of a foreign or domestic citizen, which is issued by the international representative of a sovereign government, an Embassy or Consulate. It is a necessary legal requirement indicating that you are permitted to enter and exit that country's frontier, also we may say, the visa is an annotating-like proof of legal entry.

    Function of visa

    A Visa is a measure adopted by a sovereign state to maintain the country's sovereignty, dignity, security and protection. It is an important method for a sovereign state to implement the vetting and supervision of visitors. If a country's citizen wishes to go abroad for travel, emigration, business, to study and so on, the visa is the must have credential other than a passport or its equivalent, or you can not enter your target country.

    Visa Types

    A China visa is permission/proof issued by Chinese visa issuing authorities permitting foreigners entry to, exit from or transit through China. According to foreigners’ status, their purposes for coming to China and the passport type, the Chinese visa issuing authorities may separately issue them the diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, service visa or ordinary visa. For the ordinary visa, there are eight categories, separately represented by eight Chinese phonetic letters (C, D, F, G, J-1, J-2, L, X, Z) as the visa code.

    C Visa (Crewmember Visa):
    Issued to crewmembers on international aviation, navigation and land transportation missions and their accompanying family members.

    D Visa (Residence Visa): 
    Issued to foreigners who are going to live in China permanently.

    F Visa (Business/Visit Visa): 
    Issued to foreigners who are invited to China for a visit, research, lecture, business, scientific-technological and cultural exchanges or short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of less than six months.

    G Visa (Transit Visa): 
    Issued to those people who transit through China.

    L Visa (Tourist Visa):
    Issued to those who enter China temporarily for touring, family visiting or other personal affairs (multiple-entry is not granted for this category).

    X Visa (Study/Student Visa):
    Issued to foreigners who come to China for study or intern practice for a period of six months or above.

    Z Visa (Work Visa): 
    Issued to foreigners who are to take up a post or employment in China, and their accompanying family members.

    J Visa (Journalist Visa)

    J-1 Visa issued to foreign journalists who are posted to China for at least one year. 
    J-2 Visa issued to foreign journalists who are on temporary assignment in China. 
    For Students from Some countries representatives of IEC assists students in getting the visa.
    All students joining Universities are required to take the X visa. Details below. 
    X Visa (Study/Student Visa)

    Required Documents
    1. Your valid and actual passport with blank visa pages and at least 6-month period of validity (counting from the day you submit the application);
    2. Fill in the Visa Application Form (Q1), attached with 2-inch passport photo (black & white or colored are all accepted);
    3. The Entrance Notice of Schools in China and Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202, Only originals are accepted);
    4. If you intend to study in China for over one year, the Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizen is highly required.
    Note: Please fill in the visa application form faithfully, completely and clearly, or possibly your visa application will be refused and accordingly make your oversea trip protracted.

    Transact Way
    The applicant can handle the visa personally, or entrust other people, travel agency and visa handling agency to transact the visa he wants according to different consular jurisdiction of the embassies or consulate-general. 
    1. Make an appointment ahead of time is NOT needed. 
    2. Visa application by mail is not accepted, but the postal service back to you is provided.
    3. The normal processing time for handle the visa generally is 4 working days. If you need urgent service, 30 US dollars will be added as the additional fee for 1 working day processing while 20 US dollars for 2 to 3 working days processing.

    Visa Expense, Validity and Duration of Stay
    1. VISA, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's check, Company's Check and Cash are all accepted (based on the written stipulation), but TCG suggests you'd better pay for the visa expense by cash due to the actual experience. 
    2. For US citizens, the visa expense is 50 US dollars while 30 US dollars for the citizens of other countries. [It may depend on the country.. Please check the information required from the Local Chinese Embassy] 
    3. The period of validity of X visa is 3 months available for single entry; the US citizens may apply for multiple-entry X visa valid for one year by the application fee of 150 US dollars; the X visa holder should enter China within the period of validity and in the following 30 days transact the residential procedure at the local public security bureau.

    F Visa (Business/Visit Visa) 
    Required Documents

    1. Your valid and actual passport with blank visa pages and at least 6-month period of validity (counting from the day you submit the application);
    2. Fill in the Visa Application Form (Q1), attached with 2-inch passport photo (black & white or colored are all accepted).
    3. The invitation letter from China or visa application letter from your company (original , copy or fax are all accepted); 
    4. If you were born in China and then join the foreign nationality, for the first time you apply for the visa, the original Chinese passport (original or the copy) should be required. .
    The applicant may apply for visas of single entry, double entry or multiple entries according to requirements. The applicants below can apply for multiple-entry visa to China available for two years:
    (1) Foreign Chinese people; 
    (2) A proof that you invest in China by business license, economy and trade contract, appointment letter; 
    (3) Have already visited China before with F Visa within one year or once obtain the F visa successfully for many times, whose original copies are highly required to be provided. 
    Note: Please fill in the visa application form faithfully, completely and clearly, or possibly your visa application will be refused and accordingly make your oversea trip protracted.

    Transact Way
    The applicant can handle the visa personally, or entrust other people, travel agency and visa handling agency to transact the visa he wants according to different consular jurisdiction of the embassies or consulate-general. 
    1. Make an appointment ahead of time is NOT needed. 
    2. Visa application by mail is not accepted, but the postal service back to you is provided.
    3. The normal processing time for handle the visa generally is 4 working days. If you need urgent service, 30 US dollars will be added as the additional fee for 1 working day processing while 20 US dollars for 2 to 3 working days processing.

    Visa Expense, Validity and Duration of Stay
    1. VISA, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's check, Company's Check and Cash are all accepted (based on the written stipulation), but TCG suggests you'd better pay for the visa expense by cash due to the actual experience. 
    2. The charging standard of visa expense are different as follows:
    Entry Times For US Citizens For Citizens of Other Countries
    Single Entry 50 US dollars 30 US dollars
    Double Entry 75 US dollars 45 US dollars
    Multiple Entry for 6 Months 100 US dollars 60 US dollars
    Multiple Entry for 12 Months 150 US dollars 90 US dollars
    Multiple Entry for 24 Months 150 US dollars 90 US dollars
    3. The period of validity of F visa (single or double entry) is 3 to 6 months; the duration of stay generally being 30 days, counting from the first day after your arrival in China. The visa issuing officials may properly extend the duration time according to the applicant's request and need.

    Z Visa (Work Visa) 
    Required Documents

    1. Your valid and actual passport with blank visa pages and at least 6-month period of validity (counting from the day you submit the application);
    2. Fill in the Visa Application Form (Q1), attached with 2-inch passport photo (black & white or colored are all accepted);
    3. Visa notification letters (telegram or fax), and the Work Permit for Aliens or Foreign Expert's License (original and copy) issued by authorities in China.
    4. Family members of the laborers who come to China for work should provide the visa notification letters (telegram or fax) issued by Chinese authorities or other documents (like marriage certificate, birth certificate and so on) which can sufficiently prove the relative relationship, but the approved employment document is not required.
    Note: Please fill in the visa application form faithfully, completely and clearly, or possibly your visa application will be refused and accordingly make your oversea trip protracted.

    Transact Way
    The applicant can handle the visa personally, or entrust other people, travel agency and visa handling agency to transact the visa he wants according to different consular jurisdiction of the embassies or consulate-general. 
    1. Make an appointment ahead of time is NOT needed. 
    2. Visa application by mail is not accepted, but the postal service back to you is provided.
    3. The normal processing time for handle the visa generally is 4 working days. If you need urgent service, 30 US dollars will be added as the additional fee for 1 working day processing while 20 US dollars for 2 to 3 working days processing.

    Visa Expense, Validity and Duration of Stay
    1. VISA, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's check, Company's Check and Cash are all accepted (based on the written stipulation), but TCG suggests you'd better pay for the visa expense by cash due to the actual experience. 
    2. For US citizens, the visa expense is 50 US dollars while 30 US dollars for the citizens of other countries.
    3. The period of validity of Z visa is 3 months available for single entry; the US citizens may apply for multiple-entry X visa valid for one year by the application fee of 150 US dollars; the X visa holder should enter China within the period of validity and in the following 30 days transact the residential procedure at the local public security bureau.

    6. LIST OF OUR PARTNER UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA

    1. The Dongbei University
    2. Nankai University

     

    5. FINANCIAL AIDS

    • Fellowships and Grants: If planned well in advance then you may be eligible to get a financial loan or grant from the home university or even some Chinese universities. In order to encourage more students into higher studies abroad, the Government provides financial assistance to aspiring candidates through academic awards and fellowships. It is advisable to visit your selected college's official website to learn more about the applications.
    • Loan and Financial Aids: The loan scheme that you are given could either fully or partially cover your expenses. If it is directly associated with your home country, then you have a better chance of being completely compensated for. It is suggested that you consult financial loan advisors of the university to know more about the possible schemes available.
    Application For Financial Aids
    Almost every student who applies for a scholarship is eligible and receives some sort of financial assistance. First, fill in and submit the form of the FAFSA. Next, talk to individuals in charge of financial aid in your university 

    Chinese Scholarships For Study Abroad 

    The Great Wall Scholarship
    Students eligible for this scholarship are recommended by UNESCo (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization). They offer full time funding to students. Applicants can directly apply to UNESCo or its branches, found worldwide. 

    Distinguished Foreign Students Scholarship
    Aspirants who have been consistent with their good academic performance and conduct are eligible for these set of grants. It is mandatory that they have completed one level of study in China and are seeking to pursue a higher level. Students can apply by recommendation from their university. 

    HSK Winner Scholarship Program
    This fulltime scholarship mainly targets non-native Chinese Language candidates on account of their excellent performance in HSK test (Chinese Proficiency Test). Applications should be sent through the test holding unit or the Chinese Embassy.

    6. LIVING COST IN CHINA

    Living Cost for International Students in China
    Food costs are generally reasonable in China, so housing is the major expense. Contacts are important for finding the best place to live, so start talking to people as soon as you reach there for comfortable but reasonably priced living arrangements. In general, western China tends to be cheaper than the eastern port cities of Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. In Beijing, both furnished and unfurnished properties are available. Furnished houses are very easy to find in the rental market of Beijing.

    For travel between cities, buses and boats are almost always cheaper than trains and planes.

    More on accommodation
    The students will be housed in safe, secure, clean and comfortable accommodation. The standard style of accommodation is in double occupancy rooms, but single accommodation is available at an additional cost.
    In Beijing, participants will be housed in a three star hotel, adjacent to the campus of Beijing University. All rooms include attached (en-suite) western-style bath, 24-hour hot water, air-conditioning, television and telephone. Most rooms offer ports for internet connection as well.
    In Shanghai, the housing will be in university-owned on-campus housing on the campus of Shanghai Jiao tong University. As in Beijing, in Shanghai all rooms include attached (en-suite) western-style bath, 24-hour hot water, air-conditioning, television and telephone and most rooms also have ports for internet connection.

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