Why should I study in China?

The "Country of the Center" with a strong unfolded history and antique sites and relics, imperial palaces, splendid cultural heritage, and diversified folk customs...

How to study in China?

Studying abroad in China provides opportunities for international students to view things from the Chinese perspective. China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students because of its long history and rich culture.

China’s Higher Education System in International Comparison

In this section, we highlight the overall performance of China's universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of China's universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.

It becomes apparent that in general Chinas's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s teaching & learning and research as well as regional engagement dimensions.

National performance: China

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 7% 87% Research 17% 70% Knowledge Transfer 43% 46% International Orientation 56% 32% Regional Engagement 15% 70%

How much does it cost to study in China?

Peking University – one of China's top-ranked universities – charges an average application fee of 1,128 yuan (£129). Tuition fees are 23,230 yuan (£2,670) per year. A Chinese undergraduate degree takes four years to complete; a student at Peking should expect to spend 92,927 yuan (£10,686) in total on tuition.

Tuition fees in public universities:
The average tuition fees in Chinese public universities range between 2,500 and 10,000 USD/academic year. You can also find several programmes with no tuition fees. These are usually offered by universities from other countries (e.g. the UK, Germany, Denmark), which have campuses in China.

Tuition fees in private universities:
Private universities usually have higher tuition. While most courses cost under 30,000 USD/year, for some MBA programmes you can pay over 40,000 USD/year.

What are the entry requirements for Chinese universities?

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.
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).

How to get a Stipend/Scholarship in China?

No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in China. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.

Do I need a Student Visa for China?

Students who wish to study in China need to apply for a visa. Foreign students studying in China are required to hold an ordinary passport and either an X1 visa (study period of more than 180 days) or a X2 visa (study period of no more than 180 days.). Applicants should apply for a Chinese visa from their nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate.



How do Chinese universities fare in U-Multirank?

  1. The 2020 edition of U-Multirank includes 117 universities from China, incl. Hong Kong and Macau. Most of them are presented only with bibliometric and patent data in the Research and Knowledge Transfer Dimensions.
  2. 4 Chinese universities have 10 or more top group positions (‘A’) scores: The University of Macau, Tongji University, Peking University and Tsinghua University.
  3. Based on the data on research and knowledge transfer Chinese universities perform strongly in the Research Dimension. Over 70% of all indicator scores of Chinese universities in the Research Dimension are better than average (groups ‘A’ or ‘B’). In the Knowledge Transfer Dimension, almost half the scores are below average.
  4. 12 universities made it into one of our 10 lists of Global Top 25 Performers, most of them in terms of their absolute number of research publications (Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Zhejiang University) and in the (size-normalised) number of patents awarded (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, South China University of Technology and Tsinghua University).
  5. The 2 branches of China University of Petroleum in Beiijing and Qingdao are both listed for co-publications with industrial partners. Hunan University is listed for its high percentage of top-cited publications. Moreover, Beijing Union Medical College is ranked among the global Top 25 regarding their percentage of academic publications in open access journals.
How do Chinese universities fare in U-Multirank?

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