Study in China

Study in China

Find out all you need to know about studying in china; requirements, how to apply, fees as low as $3,000 per year etc.

Are you interested in studying in China? There has never been a better time to study in the fastest growing economy. Get ahead of the rest, and give you career a head start, by building a greater understanding of China. Studying in China will be an adventure that you will never forget, and it will put you in good stead for China’s economic rise, while also providing you with sought after transferrable skills and cultural experience that will give you an edge in the job market.

About Chinese Universities

With over 2,000 Universities, and over 7 million Chinese students graduating from University each year, China has the largest network of Universities in the world.

From the beautiful campus and cherry blossom of Wuhan University, to studying at Shanghai Jiaotong University in the bustling streets of Shanghai, and studying Chinese at the Central Academy of Drama in the old city of Beijing. You are sure to have a unique experience in China. For further information on Chinese Universities, click the University page here.

What can you study in China?

There hundreds of high quality programs in English, and short term Chinese language programs. Such as; Economics, Business, Finance, Law, or Chinese. You can study for 1 semester, 1 year, or take a Master’s or PhD program.

Student Experiences

What is life like in China for international students?

Living in China is an exciting experience and can suit different types of people. With the fast pace of economic growth, there are many opportunities for work or business. Chinese people are generally very welcoming and friendly to foreigners. Students can learn Chinese, kungfu, table tennis, and visit the many tourist sites in China and the surrounding region. You can also enjoy the many varieties and specialties of Chinese cuising, from hotpot, to xibei, dimsum to dumplings and roast duck. Studying in China makes for a rich life, and huge opportunities for personal growth.

How much does it cost to study in China?

The cost of living in China is very low compared to other countries, with a wide variety of accommodation options to suit different budgets. The cost of food is also quite cheap, and there is a wide range of options.

Cost of Studying in China

The good news is that the cost of studying and living in China is comparatively low compared to other countries, as an example, the subway in Beijing costs 2 RMB for each trip, and you can buy a beer for the same price (the cost of text books are low too.)

Costs for studying in China are;

– Application Fee ($150 USD)

– Visa Application Fee

– Tuition Fee (varies according to each program)

– Books and supplies

– Insurance – insurance is necessary and students can’t register without it, students can arrange it themselves, or they can buy can be arranged when you arrive in China, Ping An has an insurance policy for students which costs 600 RMB per year.

– Accommodation – this depends on whether you are staying in campus or off campus.

– Flight Tickets – this will depend on which country you are flying from. You can find cheap flights on

– Food / Eating out – this will depend on you and your habits, University food can be very affordable and can cost 10 RMB or less for each meal. Eating outside the University can also be cheap.

– Other Living Expenses – what other things do you like to do in your spare time? Playing sport, going out to bars or restaurants.

Before coming to China it is a good idea to use the above categories to make a budget for how much you expect to spend in each category. Try to add a little bit extra than you think in each category, and something to cover for emergencies. It is always better to have spent less than you expected than the other way around.

Then when you come to China, try to keep a record of your expenses every month so you can keep track of where your money is going.


There are also a number of available scholarships in China. Students need to be sponsored by an institution in order to get a scholarship. The institution can be the Chinese embassy in your country or University. The scholarships are only open to students who are applying to start in September, not in February.

What next?

To proceed with studying in China, you first need to choose a suitable program, and start preparing your documents.

How to Apply

  • Don’t decide in a hurry to which study degree you should enrol. You can find many interesting and quite unique degrees but you should carefully read all the information.
  • See if your qualifications match those required by the university.
  • Admission is based on high scores of your previous graduated school.
  • China has set a limit regarding students’ age when applying: most universities don’t accept students over 30 for a Bachelor’s degree and over 40 for a Master’s degree and a PhD.
  • Apply to at least three universities and you will improve your chances of being admitted.

Where to apply

Concerning application process, Chinese universities allow international students to choose one of the following options;

1. For many, the easiest and the most convenient way is to apply online, directly at the website of your chosen university.

2. Apply through CUCAS – an online self-application platform that allows you to apply for any Chinese university. Basically it is an intermediator between you and the university.

3. Apply through CUAC (China University Application Centre) – you can apply for a Chinese university, but this website is also online advisor and professional guide, helping you get the right decision regarding your study choice in China.

4. Appoint friends in the university to submit application
You can submit your applications with the help of your friends who are studying in the same university. They can easily get complete information regarding all necessary documents and qualifications and you can send required documents to them and they will submit the application for you.

Language Requirements 

If you want to apply for an English-instructed degree, accepted language tests are;


For a Chinese-taught programme, HSK tests are accepted as follows;

  • HSK elementary – for Science, Engineering and Medicine degrees.
  • HSK intermediate – for the rest of the degrees (such as Liberal Arts, Economics, Management and more).

Required Documents

  • Passport photo
  • Photocopy of valid passport
  • Photocopy of valid visa
  • Personal ID card
  • Health certificate
  • Certification of no criminal record
  • Chinese/English language proficiency certificate
  • Letter of guarantee (parent or legal guardian of student signs a declaration by which he/she assumes responsibility for the student to abide rules and regulations of China and of the university)
  • Proof that you can support your studies in China
  • Certificate/diploma from last graduated school
  • Academic transcript from last graduated school
  • More documents may be required, depending on each school’s request.

Other things to do after securing admission

1. Apply for the Chinese student visa as soon as possible. Check with the Chinese embassy/consulate in your area for details.

2. Within 30 days of your arrival in China, you will have to obtain a residence permit from a local public security office or police station.

3. Arrange a health insurance plan; this has to cover accidental injury and medical treatments and cover at least around 62,000 USD. You can get your insurance from your home country or purchase a health insurance card once you arrive in China.

List of Recommended Universities

Anhui Medical University (AMU)
Beihang University
Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College – BLCC
Beijing Film Academy
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Beijing Institute of Technology
Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU)
Beijing Language and Culture University
Beijing Normal University
Beijing Union University
Capital Medical University
Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB)
CCNU – Central China Normal University
Central Academy of Drama
Central University of Finance and Economics
Chengde Medical University
China Campus Network (CCN)
China Europe International Business School
China Pharmaceutical University
China University of Petroleum (East China)
Chinese Scholarships
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Chongqing Medical University (CQMU)
Chongqing University
Communication University of China
Dalian Maritime University
Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
Donghua University
Duke Kunshan University (DKU)
East China Normal University (ECNU)
Fudan University
Guangxi Medical University
Guangzhou Medical University
Hainan Medical University (HMU)
Hainan University (HU)
Hangzhou Normal University (HNU)
Harbin Institute of Technology
Hebei Academy of Fine Arts
Hebei Medical University
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Hutong School
Jiangsu University (JSU)
Jinan University
Jinzhou Medical University
Liaoning University
Mandarin House
Nanjing Medical University
Nanjing University
Nankai University
New York University Shanghai
Ningbo University
Northwest University
Peking University
Renmin University of China
Shandong University
Shanghai International Studies University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University – SJTU
Shanghai Normal University
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM)
Shantou University
Shantou University Medical College (SUMC)
Shenyang Aerospace University
Shenyang Medical College
Sino British College, Shanghai
Soochow University
South China University of Technology
South University of Science and Technology of China – SUSTC
Southeast University
Southwestern University of Finance and Economices
Sun Yat-sen University
That’s Mandarin
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)
Tianjin University
Tongji University
Tsinghua University
University of Hong Kong (HKU)
University of Science and Technology Beijing
Wenzhou Medical University
Wuhan University
Wuhan University of Technology
Xiamen University
XJTLU – Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Xuzhou Medical University
Zhejiang Gongshang University
Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University of Science and Technology – ZUST
Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT)
Zhengzhou University (ZZU)
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL)



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