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Study in China

Why Study In China?

CHINESE UNIVERSITIES, A WORLD-CLASS STANDARD EDUCATION

To study in China, International students should find increasing levels of investment in tertiary education to be a compelling reason to do so.

China reached its target of spending 4% of GDP on education in 2012. And it is currently investing US$250 billion a year in “human capital” (ref: New York Times), which includes the subsidy of education for young people moving from rural to urban areas, in an effort to lessen the gap between the educated elite and rural laborers.

The number of colleges and universities in China have doubled in the last decade to 2,409. The country’s current five-year plan, which extends to 2015, focuses on many development priorities that are appealing to western college graduates. And many Chinese universities are focusing on developing technologies that increase competitiveness with the West.

Key initiatives include Project 211, which aims to bring 100 Chinese universities up to a world-class standard, and Project 985, which aims to create an even more elite group of universities. Project 985 has resulted in the creation of the C9 league, which has ambitions of becoming something like the US Ivy League.

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SCHOLARSHIP AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS IN CHINA

To apply for a place at a university in China, international students can use the centralized CUCAS website (China’s University and College Admission System), or apply directly to the university.

International students can also choose to apply for a Chinese Government Scholarship Program, and will find information about this on the CUCAS site.

VISA REQUIREMENTS TO STUDY IN CHINA

After being offered a place at a Chinese university, you’ll need to head to your local Chinese embassy, and apply for a visa appropriate for your length of stay.

Chinese visa requirements state that:

  • For a stay of six months or more, you will need a study visa (or X-visa).

  • For less than six months, a business visa (or F-visa) will do.

  • If you do not receive your admission package in time, you may be able to apply for a tourist visa (L-visa) and convert this to a student visa when you arrive.

LANGUAGES AT CHINESE UNIVERSITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Major languages in China include Cantonese, Hokkien and of course Mandarin (also known as Putonghua) – which is the world’s largest language by number of speakers. Given China’s growing stature on the world stage, it is obviously going to enhance your employability if you know your way around Mandarin.

However, don’t worry if it seems like a tall order to study in a language that can seem completely opaque for the non-speaker. Many universities in China offer courses taught in English, and you’ll also find that many Chinese people speak English. If you choose to study in China in English, you won’t need to prove your fluency in Mandarin, but you may need to submit the results of a test of English proficiency such as IELTS or TOEFL. Countries whose first language is English are exempted from proofing English proficiency using IELTS or TOEFL.

If you decide that maybe you want to tackle a course in the native tongue, you will need to provide adequate Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK – Chinese proficiency test) results. You will usually need to reach level 3-8 (there are a total of 11), depending on your university and course. There are test centers around the world, so you shouldn’t have to travel too far. And there’s always the option of doing an intensive language course in China, which will also help you to get to grips with the country itself.

TUITION FEES AND LIVING COST FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN CHINA

Inevitably for an economy that is growing so quickly, the cost of living in China is not quite as cheap as it used to be. But tuition fees are relatively low, around US$3,500 per year in Beijing. And the cost of living in Shanghai, China’s most expensive city, is estimated to be roughly half that of New York (ref: Numbeo).

With accommodation costing between US$200 and US$300 per month (depending on the city), and transport a handful of small change, you’ll be spared the financial turmoil of students elsewhere.

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