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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.