Study in China

06 Oct

A long history of education and a vibrant culture make China a hot study abroad destination for students. International students from all over the world are warmly welcomed to study in China. On an average, over 300,000 students from about 180 countries pursue higher education in China every year. Chinese universities offer numerous programs for international students. While the non-degree programs teaching Chinese language and culture have been traditionally popular, international students are now opening up to the possibility of earning Chinese degrees. However, since most degree programs are taught in Chinese, a certain degree of language proficiency is necessary even as an increasing number of English-taught degree programs are now becoming available. Therefore, one can make a choice according to individual preference.

Costs of education and accommodation in China are cheaper than any European country making it the least expensive destination for overseas education. However, a basic understanding of Chinese culture and knowledge of the local language are mandatory for improving your job prospects.

China is pumping substantial investment into its higher education sector by setting up world-class universities and delivering qualifications of global standard.

The country has signed agreements for mutual recognition of academic qualifications with a several prominent countries including the United States, Britain, France, Japan and 65 other countries and regions.

The rise of China as a dominant economy has proved that proficiency in Chinese language and first-hand experience of living in China are major tools in strengthening one’s profile as a prospective employee in the global corporate scenario.

Statistics prove China as the fastest growing economy in the last 30 years and one that maintained an impressive growth rate of 8% even during the global financial crisis-a feat that was beyond the imagination of most developed nations. In the last ten years, the number of Chinese colleges and universities has doubled to reach a figure of 2,409. According to, in 2012, China hosted about 320,000 international students. This figure indicates an increase of 55,000 students as compared to 2010. Chinese government is working actively towards its aim of attracting 500,000 overseas students by 2020. As an initiative to reach this target, China offered offer scholarships to 50,000 students worldwide in the year 2015.

Education Cost for Studying in China

While considering China as a study abroad destination, it is important to be aware of the cost of tuition and living expenses. Although China faces rapid price rise, the cost of living and studying in China is relatively low in comparison to other developed countries like the US or the UK.

Tuition Fee (CNY ¥)

The estimated average tuition fee ranges from USD 3300 (around 20,000 RMB) to USD 9900 (around 60,000 RMB) per year.

Accommodation (CNY ¥)

Applications for accommodation should be made to the universities before reaching China.

There are many kinds of dormitories in the universities, and the prices differ from each other due to the furniture and facilities.

Students can live off-campus with the permission of the university, but should register at the local public security office within 24 hours upon arrival.

Accommodation in Beijing is roughly RMB 2000-3000 yuan per month

Renting a flat would roughly cost between 2000¥ to 4000¥.

Other Living Expenses (CNY¥)

Monthly living costs in metropolitan areas like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou would be 4500-5000 RMB (about USD 740-830).

Living in other cities would cost about 1500-3500 RMB (about USD 250-580) per month.

Eating out in China is cheap in comparison to other countries.

An average meal costs around 30-50 yuan

Eating out – 1500¥ to 3000¥ per week
Transportation system – 30 ¥ to 60 ¥ per week
(The subway has a flat rate of 2 yuan and buses within the city are even cheaper)
Basic utilities (gas, heating, electricity, and mobile bills) – 300¥ to 500¥ per month
Smaller cities and those in China’s central and western regions are particularly inexpensive.

Scholarships to Study in China

The Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities. China Scholarship Council, entrusted by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China is responsible for the enrollment and administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs.

279 Chinese universities designated by MoE to enroll international students offer academic programs in a large variety of subjects ranging from Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Law, Economics, Management and Education to Liberal Arts, Philosophy, History, and Fine Arts for scholarship winners at all levels.

Exams for Studying in China

In accordance with different levels of degree, Chinese universities have different requirements that need to be reviewed carefully before application.

Usually, the non-degree language and culture programs have minimum requirements such as a high school diploma.

Chinese-medium degree programs (i.e. degree programs taught in Mandarin) require the applicant to provide HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) results to prove their Chinese language proficiency.

The usual requirement is a band of 4-6 for undergraduate programmes and a band of 5-8 for post-graduate programs. These requirements may differ depending on the course and/or institution.

English-medium programs do not require HSK results. Instead, applicants for English-medium programs should provide recognized English proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS.

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.

Admission Procedure in China

There are two types of universities in China:

>Comprehensive universities
>Professional universities

Comprehensive universities have a wide range of disciplines, with tremendous strength in scientific research.

Professional universities are generally proficient in specific disciplines and the programmes have a core academic focus,

Degree programs begin in September at most Chinese universities. A small number of programs admit students in February or March.

To learn about the admission process for Chinese Universities and to gain the most in-depth understanding about the opportunities for studying in China, students should register with World Wide College . After registration, students will be guided about the various requirements of admission such as standardized tests, entry requirements and documents to be submitted along with the application

Visa and application

Along with the application form, students must submit various documents:

Certificate or original copies of high school education.
Official copies of certificates of the courses undertaken and evidence of grades awarded. These need to be officially attested by the authorities.
HSK certificate as evidence of Chinese language proficiency. The applicants whose native language is not English also need to take the language proficiency test and qualify with the required score.
If applying for an MBA program, the scorecard of GMAT or GRE is essential.
Two recommendations from professors and/or scholars with their address and phone numbers.
Resume including personal details such as interests, hobbies, attributes, future goals and academic aspirations.
Solvency certificate from the bank
3 recent passport size photographs.
Copy of valid passport.
Application fees certificate.
Note: The documents may vary depending on specific requirements of the course and/or institution


Q1: How much does education in China cost?
Education in China is even more affordable as compared to India. The tuition fee for a student (UG/PG courses) studying in China is $ 2,000 – $ 4,000 annually while universities charge $ 100 for textbooks levied by the university at the beginning of course.

Q2: Do I have to learn Chinese in order to apply for a course in China?
Welcoming global students, China is now offering education in English with teachers well versed in the language. The country also conducts separate classes for international students so that they can get proper attention. It is not required for a student to learn the language but it is always advisable to learn the basics in order to sustain in a foreign land.

Q3: What are the requirements to study in China?
Each programme at any Chinese university has its own requirements for entry. Here are some general requirements that you need to have in order to apply to a university in China.

A high school diploma or senior secondary education certificate.
Chinese-medium degree programs (i.e. degree programs taught in Mandarin Chinese) require the applicant to provide HSK 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 programs do not require HSK results. Instead, applicants for English-medium programs should provide recognised English proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS.
Q4: What is the visa procedure in order to study in China?
A first time visa applicant to China will be permitted a maximum of a double entry permit. A second time applicant may receive a 6 months multiple entry permit, a third time applicant can get a 1 year permit, and the 2 year permit is available only to 4th time applicants and beyond. In China, visas are given letter designations, with tourist visas being referred to as Chinese L visas and business visas as the Chinese F visa category. In addition to the types already covered, Chinese immigration also issues the following types of permit. Students are eligible for X Chinese Visa.

Q5: What are the documents required to in order to apply for a visa to China?
A student needs to submit following documents along with the visa application:

A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six months of remaining validity and at least one blank visa page in it.
Application form: One completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and your signature.
Photo: one recently-taken 2×2 square inch sized colour photo glued or stapled to the application form.
An original and a photocopy of the Letter of Admission, Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese government unit.
Q6: How much would I be spending during my stay in China?
With government providing all the required amenities, China is an affordable country. Living in China is not much expensive for a student. The accommodation fee will come around $ 3,000 annually while living cost id just about $ 2,000 approx.

Q7: Can I work during the course of my education in China?
According to government regulations in China, international students cannot work during their studies. However, part-time work or internships are sometimes allowed.

Q8: Can I study for a degree from China by distance or online education?
There are colleges in China which provide distance and online education offering various courses like Business Management, Medical, and many more. If you don’t have the budget to visit the country you can still have a degree from a university of China in your kitty. For admission requirements you need to contact the particular college offering distance education. Also, always check with AICTE if a university is authentic or not. There are various institutions that have collaborated with Indian colleges too.

Q9: Is a degree from China valid in India?
China is new in terms of providing education to global students but has made its firm place rapidly and is pulling the crowd at much higher rate with its cheap yet quality driven education structure. Though the first batch from India had to struggle a bit after returning from China as establishing the credibility of a degree from China was not easy. But today, the road is smooth for the ones who are looking for economical yet authentic educational options.

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