Study in China

Higher Education in China

China has more than 2,000 universities and colleges that offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Institutes of higher education are concentrated in the eastern half of the country. China currently hosts more than 300,000 international students; the majority of foreign students are from Asian countries, Russia, the United States, and France.

Chinese higher education institutions have significant autonomy in choosing academic programs and organizational structure, making many schools attractive to international students.

Why Study in China?

Many people obtain a master's degree in China for the cultural and language experiences. In addition, the cost for a masters degree is much lower than in Europe, the United States, or even most Asian countries. China has well-regarded master’s programs in disciplines such as engineering, science, economics, and business administration, as well as unique programs in areas such as Chinese language and martial arts. Although most master’s degree programs require proficiency in Chinese, many programs are now offered in English, especially for disciplines in engineering and business.


Recent government reforms and investments have moved nine Chinese schools into the top 200 as ranked by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) - Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Zhejiang University. China established the ARWU to use as a benchmark for evaluating the quality of Chinese institutes of higher education.

Master’s degrees are available in a wide range of disciplines, such as medicine, management, economics, engineering, philosophy, law, education, history, natural science and even military science. For those interested in studying primarily Chinese language and cultural studies, some institutions offer special programs for international students, such as the Beijing Language and Culture University.

Tuition and Program Duration

Tuition prices for master's degrees in China vary greatly depending on your school of choice, as well as the location. In order to find out specific tuition costs, it is best to contact a university for the most current information and listings.

Academic Year

The academic year is based on two semesters, autumn and spring. The autumn semester starts in September and ends in late January or early February and the spring semester runs from February through June.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for individuals with advanced degrees to teach in China. Non-Chinese master’s degree graduates will also be highly sought after by companies around the world that do business with China.

Visa Requirements

All international students require a visa. There are two types of visas for students, the Study visa (X-visa), which is for programs lasting more than six months, and the Business visa (F-visa) for programs of less than six months. The visa application process takes 2-4 weeks. In some cases, students are allowed to arrive in China with a tourist visa and then convert it to the Study visa.

Health Insurance

The universities provide health insurance for a set cost.Students must have a current medical examination before they can begin studying, which they can obtain in their home country or after arriving in China.


Chinese currency is called Renminbi, abbreviated RMB. RMB units are in Yuan, also sometimes called Jiao and Fen. The use of foreign currency in China is prohibited, but banks and many hotels provide exchange services.

MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB card are the only credit cards currently accepted in China.

The official language in China is Standard Mandarin, which is based on the dialect of Mandarin spoken in Beijing. However, only 70 percent of the population speaks Mandarin as their first language and many distinct regional dialects exist across the country.

Prospective international students should work with the Chinese embassy in their country to ensure all immigration and other entrance requirements are met before traveling to China.

Undergraduate Studies in China

Located in eastern Asia, China is the most populous nation in the world with over 1.35 billion inhabitants. It is also the second largest nation by land area, covering 9.6 million square kilometers. Its vast territory encompasses forest steppes, the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts, subtropical forests, grasslands, the Himalayan, Tian Shan and Pamir mountain ranges, the Yellow and Yangtze rivers and over 14,500 kilometers of coastline. It is considered one of the cradles of civilization. It is also one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. Low labor costs and a solid infrastructure have made it the number one global exporter of manufactured goods. Higher education in China includes over 2,000 institutions, including vocational and technical schools, international schools, and public and private colleges and universities. Over 11 million students attend these schools each year. Many institutions have outstanding international reputations for their excellent teaching and research facilities. An increasing number of universities offer programs in English, enabling international students to study and earn their degree regardless of whether they are proficient in Mandarin. The academic year is divided into two semesters and begins on the first of September. The first term ends in January and is followed by the winter or Lunar New Year break. Depending on the date of the Chinese New Year, the second term may begin in February or March and ends in July. In Northern China the summer break may be shorter and the winter break longer. The year includes several holiday breaks dictated by the Lunar Calendar. Students who wish to study undergraduate studies in China will find a wide variety of bachelor’s degrees to choose from. Programs typically take three to five years of full-time study to complete. Graduates may begin a career in their chosen field or go on to graduate level studies. The cost of a university education and the living expenses while studying vary depending on the institution chosen, the city of residence and the housing options available. In general, China is a fairly affordable place to live and study compared with the cost of a similar education in Europe or the United States. China is the most popular country in Asia for international students, and sixth most popular worldwide. The booming economy and relatively low cost of living attract students from all over the world. Several Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, are central to the global economy, and many students choose to study there in order to gain experience and make important contacts in their field of study. In addition, students living in China may have the opportunity to travel and see the remarkable landscape and historical sites firsthand, and to appreciate both its ancient and modern culture for themselves.


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