China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. The PRC is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party of China, with its seat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing), and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau); while claiming sovereignty over Taiwan.
Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers, China is the world's second-largest country by land area, and either the third or fourth-largest by total area, depending on the method of measurement. China's landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south. The Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separate China from South and Central Asia. The Yangtzeand Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, run from the Tibetan Plateau to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China's coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 14,500 kilometers (9,000 mi) long, and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East and South China Seas .
Higher education in China is continuously growing, changing and developing. There are over 2,000 universities and colleges, with more than six million enrollments in total. China has set up a degree system, including Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees that are also open to foreign students. The country offers non-degree programmes as well.
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
- Applicant must be a real student, must hold a student or visitor visa.
- No criminal record. Applicants from some countries are requested to provide a non-criminal certificate notarized and certified by the Chinese Embassy.
- Some official sectors restrict the number of applicants from certain countries.
- 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.
- Transfer students need to provide the agreement certificate between the two schools.
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).
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 Foundation Year program) at the chosen university.||HSK level 4-6 (for Chinese-medium courses)||Undergraduate student:
4 - 5 years
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|
Cost of Studying in China
Tuition Fee & Average Living Cost
Application fee of different major for different degree in every university varies from 90 USD to 150 USD, normally not in excess of 200 USD. Among all the programs offered by universities, MBBS may be the most expensive one regarding application fee. Besides, the higher ranking of a university in China’s University List, the more expensive of the application fee will be.
However, the tuition fee of Chinese universities is quite low compared with that of UK/USA. The estimated average tuition fee ranges from
3300 USD (around20,000 RMB) to 9900 USD (around 60,000RMB) per year.
*If you would like to study Chinese language, the tuition fee varies between different cities. If your budget is limited, we suggest that you study in a smaller city or a city in Western China, where the studying expense will be decreased by 20% - 30%. These cities include: Xi'an, Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Changsha, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Guiyang, etc. Meantime, the studying costs in such ‘first- tier’ cities as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, or Guangzhou are much higher than other cities in China. Specifically, if you would like to study an MBBS program which is taught in English entirely, the tuition fee will be more expensive than other programs in China. However, the average cost of MBBS programs is about 30,000RMB/year, which is equivalent to about 5,000USD/year.
If you can't afford the studying cost right now, we suggest you that you start by working on your Chinese. Then, if your HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) score is high enough, you may be eligible for a Chinese Government Scholarship, which is available to assist international students study at Chinese universities.