About China

China has become THE forefront country in industrialization and a leader of the global economy, making it a very enticing study abroad location. Following a massive urbanization movement, China currently boasts 20 cities with over three million inhabitants, including seven cities with over 10 million people. Specialized study abroad programs sometimes offer locations outside of the big cities in smaller towns or rural areas, but Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong remain the most popular study abroad destinations. The sheer size of China's territory means a tremendous variety of climates, cultures and landscapes await. Head northeast to Harbin to enjoy the ice festival, hit the ski slopes or just to see the water in your eyes form icicles around your eyelashes. If -25°C sounds a little too cold, then head south to the tropical beach paradise of Hainan Island and kick back in the sunshine.

Following rapid economic development over the last 30 years, Chinese cities now boast eye-catching works of modern architecture - from the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai to Beijing’s Olympic Bird’s Nest - in addition to impressive ancient structures like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. China’s 5000 years of history has bequeathed a seemingly endless amount of tourist attractions to visit, while natural wonders of breathtaking beauty are also scattered about the country. Perhaps less well known, but equally unmissable for international students, is China’s unique nightlife made up of private karaoke rooms and extravagant mega-clubs.

Why study in China

China is striving to build more world-class universities, and investing heavily in higher education. Aside from China's unique Chinese language, calligraphy, martial arts and other cultural subjects, Chinese degree programs in majors such as engineering, science, medicine, economics and trade, MBA as well as finance are highly revered. As for those who don't know any Chinese, many universities offer degree programs taught in English, so you can earn your degree while learning the most widely spoken language in the world.

China has 40 institutions ranked in the QS World University Rankings® 2019, including six in the global top 100, with 60 more top universities in China included in the new QS Mainland China Rankings. With the latest figures showing that nearly 490,000 international students were enrolled in Chinese universities in 2017 (10 percent more than in 2016), China seems certain of meeting its target of hosting 500,000 foreign students by 2020. Leading sending countries include South Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, the United States, India, Russia, Japan and Indonesia.

The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world's next generation of leaders.

Cost of living in China

When preparing to study in China, it is important to calculate how much money you will need to cover for your expenses. Some Universities require students to provide a letter from whoever is paying the fees to guarantee that they can cover the cost of the program. It is in nobody’s interest for a student to drop out of the program because they haven’t budgeted properly.

The good news is that the cost of studying and living in China is comparatively low to other countries, as an example, the subway in Beijing costs 2 RMB for each trip, and the cost of text books are low too.

The main categories of 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.
  • – 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. But a homemade meal is always the cheapest option no matter where you staying and in China where the culinary culture is extremely different from us, it is often the best option.
  • – Other Living Expenses – what other things do you like to do in your spare time, movies, sports, travelling in China.

International students can’t work on a study visa at the moment but policies are in place to allow students to work part time if they obtain permission from their universities. The government has also announced that graduates from reputed Chinese universities can obtain work permits to work in China.

Top 10 universities in China:

  • 1. Tsinghua University
  • 2. Peking University
  • 3. Fudan University
  • 4. University of Science and Technology of China
  • 5. Zhejiang University
  • 6. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 7. Nanjing University
  • 8. Sun Yat Sen University
  • 9. Wuhan University
  • 10. Harbin University of Technology

Best engineering universities in China:

  • 1. Tsinghua University
  • 2. Harbin Institute of Technology
  • 3. Zhejiang University
  • 4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 5. Huazong University of Science and Technology

Best medical universities in China:

  • 1. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
  • 2. Shenyang Medical University
  • 3. Dalian Medical University
  • 4. Shantou Medical University College
  • 5. China Medical University

Best business universities in China:

  • 1. Fudan University
  • 2. China Europe International Business School
  • 3. Peking University – Guanghua School of Management
  • 4. Tsinghua University – School of Economics and Managaement
  • 5. Shanghai Jiao Tong University Antai College of Economics and Management