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

Shanghai is China’s largest city and second to only Mumbai in the world, with a population of 23million. A fascinating mix of east and west, Shanghai has always been a hit location with foreigners and international students, with Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein and Tagore among its former residents.

As with most of China, Shanghai is undergoing an economic boom which sees more and more skyscrapers fill its skyline. Easily China’s richest city, Shanghai is the blueprint by which China looks to grow its economy and cities and compete with rivals like New York and London.

Choosing to study a degree in Shanghai gives you the opportunity to live in one of the world’s super metropolises – the Paris of the Orient.

Study in Shanghai?

Shanghai is said to have the best education system in China and is a major centre of higher education in the country. It has than 30 universities and colleges and you can study a degree in Shanghai at the following:

As well as these major institutions, there are also plenty of municipal and private universities which offer undergraduate courses. The majority of undergraduate courses are taught in Mandarin, so you will need to take the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test to proof your language proficiency for most graduate degrees in China. However, there are approximately 30 institutions that offer courses taught in English.

Immigration and visas

Foreign students intending to study a degree in Shanghai for longer than 6 months 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
  • A health certificate legalised by the Chinese Embassy
  • A Letter of Admission, Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese government unit
More information about visas can be found on the website of the relevant Chinese Embassy.

Accommodation and living costs

Most international undergraduate students in Shanghai choose to live in university accommodation if provided, as this is an easy way to make friends, get your accommodation sorted and adjust to life in China. However, if you think you’d prefer to live in private accommodation, remember that Shanghai is split into two halves by the Huangpu River, with Puxi to the west and Pudong to the east.

A one bedroom apartment in Shanghai will cost between RMB 2500-3500 per month.

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