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Study In China - International Students

Study in China, and find the best universities in China.

This study guide will give you all the info you need to find universities and study in China.

China has hundreds of universities and its government is investing heavily in a higher education system that already has a strong international reputation.

For undergraduates, the country has huge amounts to offer – including a fascinating insight into a different culture and a real opportunity to excel academically. China is at the forefront of technological innovation, offering an exciting opportunity for students that choose to study here, and alongside Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa is one of the world’s five fastewst groweing economies.

Chinese universities excel in areas including engineering, science, medicine and economics - this is probably the reason why more than 377,000 international students chose to study a degree in China in 2014.

Bachelor Degree In China

Find the right Bachelor Degree in China with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in China

China has approximately 600 higher education institutions that are qualified to accept international students, offering a wide amount of choice across this huge country.

A large number of undergraduate courses are taught in English, so students do not necessarily need to know Mandarin to study in China.

There are also a number of highly performing universities in China including, but not limited to:

- Tsinghua University, Beijing
- Peking University, Beijing.


These universities are ranked 25 and 41 respectively in the QS World University Rankings, and are considered some of the most prestigious schools in all of China.

Other highly performing universities include:

- Tsinghu University, Beijing
- Fudan University, Shanghai
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- University of Science and Technology of China
- Nanjing University
- Beijing Normal University
- Zhejiang University
- Wuhan University
- Sun Yat-Sen University

Tuition Fees in China

Explore tuition fees in China for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

The majority of developed countries across the world have signed an agreement with the Chinese government that means undergraduate degrees from Chinese universities are recognised and transferable. This means that wherever you’re from and wherever you plan to work in the world, your degree from a Chinese university will stand you in good stead for your future.

Chinese undergraduate degrees usually last four years, but as is the case across most of the world degrees such as medicine and dentistry will take longer, in this case usually five years.

For some courses students may need to take China’s college entrance examination. For certain courses you may also need to take a language test.

The official application deadline for most courses and universities is late July.

Immigration & Visa in China

Advice on Immigration & Visa in China, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

Foreign students intending to study a degree in China that lasts longer than 6 months (as will be the case for most planning to study for undergraduate degrees) need to apply for a student visa (X-visa).

Applicants will need the following:

• A passport valid for at least six months after arriving in China, with at least one blank visa page
• A health certificate legalised by the Chinese Embassy
• A completed Visa Application Form (Q1) with a recent passport sized photograph attached
• A Letter of Admission, Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese government uni
• Those from the US may need to provide the original and a copy of their Green Card or other documents

Further information on applying for a student visa in China will be available from the Chinese embassy or High Commission in your home country.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in China

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in China.

The cost of accommodation in China varies depending on where you decide to study – whether you are in the centre of a city, for example.

There are two main types of accommodation for students:

• University accommodation – on campus dorms
• Private accommodation – house and flat rentals

It is most common for international students to live in residential halls or dorms, surrounded by other students of their own age, many of whom may also be from overseas. You may request a roommate, or live in a single room if you wish.

If you want to live off campus whilst studying in China you will often need permission from your university.

Living costs/rent: Accommodation costs are higher in bigger cities like Beijing. As a guide, costs tend to vary between £90 and £200 a month, but you should expect living costs to be much lower than those in western countries.

Here’s a rough guide to average rent per month, throughout the country:

1 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 4,400 ¥ ($680)
1 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 2,450 ¥ ($380)
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 9,915 ¥ ($1,530)
3 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 4,461 ¥ ($687)

(Rates are intended as a guide only).

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in China. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is China?

Travelling abroad to study would be daunting for anyone – so it’s lucky for those that choose to study in China that the country has such a diverse student community. In terms of living, on campus accommodation in dorms means a high level of security and peace of mind.

China in general has a low crime rate, with violent crime being rare, and the Chinese have a reputation for being largely honest people.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in China

Apply to Study in China and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in China.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

Cities in China



As a world centre of international exchange, business and study, Beijing is an exciting and dynamic city in which to study.

As a city where East collides with West, Hong Kong has everything. Study a degree in Hong Kong and you'll get a great education and a great experience.

Nanjing is well known in China for its great universities, having been the centre of education in Southern China for more than 1700 years. Study a degree in Nanjing and become part of the tradition.

Named as China's most liveable city in both 2009 and 2011, due to its cleanliness and unique appearance, Qingdao is a good choice for international students.

Shanghai is China's largest city and now competes with cities like London and New York as one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Wuhan has traditionally been one of the three major scientific education centres in China, alongside Beijing and Shanghai. A major student city, Wuhan has the largest number of enrolled students in all of China.