Study in China
Studying abroad in China provides plenty of attractive options for international students seeking a high quality but affordable education. China is on the rise: the country’s economic development is evidence of this. This economic growth is being followed by an increased focus on education. China is investing heavily into education, which is leading to excellent options to all students, including internationals seeking new and attractive options.
China is a large country, full of natural and historical attractions. Those who wish to study abroad in China can take numerous trips in order to visit all of these attractions and really immerse themselves in the country and its rich culture.
Why Study in China?
China offers plenty of exciting options for people who wish to study at all levels of higher education, from Bachelor’s to PhD. Most programs and courses are not taught in English, which may be a problem for those who are not fluent in Chinese. However, the good news is that there are an increasing number of courses and even whole programmes taught in English. It all depends on the university, those who wish to study in China without learning the official language will be able to find great options taught in English language.
It’s important to emphasize that China already has many respectable universities that rank highly. For example, two of the C9 universities (Peking University and Thinghua) are already ranked highly (46th and 31st) and renowned as great places to get a quality education. Other highly regarded institutions are Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong, the University of Science and Technology China, Nanjing University. China also has a great number of lesser known but fast developing universities, such as Tongi and Tianjin Universities. They are on the rise and make interesting destinations for those who are looking at different options to study in China.
China is quickly developing and emerging as a nation of quality education. It’s therefore not surprising it’s becoming a popular destination for international students seeking education. This is particularly true for Asian students who may choose to study in China rather than Europe or in North America to stay closer to home while still receiving high-quality education.
Also, China is actively working on attracting more international students. The Chinese government has already set a target to have 500,000 foreign students by 2020. There are many practical measures being taken to meet this goal, such as substantial scholarships for international students.
Universities & Colleges in China
The QS World University Rankings® 2013/2014 include 25 Chinese institutions such as the globally renowned Peking University; Tsinghua University; Fudan University; Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Zhejiang University; University of Science and Technology of China; Nanjing University, and Xi’an Jiao Tong University.
Peking University was the first formal national and modern Chinese institution. It was christened as the Imperial capital University in 1898, replacing Guozijian, which was the oldest and most prominent Chinese education system.
In 2014, Peking University was ranked as one of the top Asian Universities for Life Sciences and Medicine. It was ranked 37 in the world for biological sciences, 38th for pharmacy and 48th for psychology in Subject Rankings.
Tsinghua University is ranked 14 among Asian Universities. It boasts of a prestigious reputation among universities in Asia. It is rated fifth in the region by academics, and fourth by employers. It is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities for biological sciences, and among the top 150 for both medicine and pharmacy.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is currently ranked at an overall sixth position among Asian universities while being one of the top 20 in Asia for all five subject areas considered. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, CUHK’s strongest life sciences positions are for psychology (41st in the world) and medicine (49th), and it is among the top 100 universities in the world for biological sciences.
There are numerous other modern institutions offering brilliant education opportunities to overseas students. But since China is a relatively new study abroad option, one needs the advice and support of experts in order to make an informed decision about the best fit for your individual aspirations.
Contact F&H Worldwide Educational Consultants to find out all that you need to know before embarking on your overseas student journey.
- Hohai University
- Wuhan University
- Zhejiang University
- Zhejiang Normal University
- Harbin Medical University
- Nanjing Medical University
- Xian Jiaotong University
- Dalian Medical University
- Changsha Medical University
- Taishan Medical University
- Huazhong University of Science & Technology
- China University of Petroleum
- North Western Polytechnical University
China Education Costs
One of the great things about China is that it is a relatively inexpensive option for students. Tuition fees are comparatively low, so you will be able to receive quality education at affordable prices. This is very important, and it’s one of the things that make China a very attractive option for international students. With the high quality of education combined with lower tuition fees, it’s clear why so many people decide to study abroad in China instead of other destinations.
Tuition fees vary depending upon university, study topic and level of study. Generally speaking, international students can expect to pay between US $2,000 and $4,000 per year for tuition fees. This is significantly lower than many European and North American university tuition fees.
There are also some minor costs you will need to pay when you arrive, such as insurance (about $100) and medical examination fee (if not already taken in the home country; it varies depending on the location – for Beijing it’s around $100).
Below are the required documents for admission in China.
- Educational Documents (SSC/O Levels and Onwards)
- English Proficiency Certificate and/or IELTS
- Experience certificates if any
- Statement of Purpose (SOP) or Research Proposal
- 6 Pictures (Blue/White Background)
- Bank Statement equivalent to $ 5000
Do I need to take English proficiency test for a degree program in English?
If your previous education was taught in English or you are a native English speaker, then you don’t have to. If not, you have to provide the certificate (TOEFL or IELTS preferred).
Do I need HSK for a degree program in English?
No, if you are applying for English taught programs, you don’t need to provide HSK certificate. If you are applying for Chinese taught programs you’ll have to pass HSK (level depends on University and the program you are applying for).
What is JW202?
JW202 refers to Visa Application for Study in China for self-supporting international students in China, which must be issued by universities. It’s an important document for international students to apply for visa, enter China, register with universities and get residence permit.
Do universities offer accommodation?
The vast majority of Chinese universities do.
Are accommodations out of campus allowed?
Yes if the university allows. Please confirm with us before you apply for a certain university.
My son/daughter isn’t 18 yet, can he/she study in China?
Yes, students who are under 18 years old can study in China, but only non-degree programs. To study non-degree program they have to provide a guardian letter and a guardian’s ID/passport. The guardian has to be Chinese citizen or a foreigner with work visa in China.
For a degree programs students have to be 18 years old or above.