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A Comprehensive Guide to Study in China for International Students

Date: 2024-01-12
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This article is a comprehensive guide for international students who want to pursue their studies in China which provides a wide range of details and guidance, such as the benefits of studying in China, introduction of the Chinese education system, hot programs and Chinese universities for international students , university/program selection, etc. Whether you are considering non-degree (language/preparatory) studies or degree (Bachelor’s/Master’s/PhD) studies, this article will surely offer you valuable insights and practical advice to help you make an informed decision, navigate the challenges of study in China and take full advantage of your study experience in China.



1. Reason for Choosing China as the Study Destination?

China, with its long history, rich cultural heritage, rapid economic growth, increasing influence on world arena and world-class educational institutions, has become an increasingly popular study destination for international students. The country boasts of its wide range of academic programs, advanced technologies, opportunities for research and innovation as well as a chance to immerse oneself in a vibrant and dynamic society for international students from all over the world pursing their studies here.

2. Advantages of Study in China

Choosing to study in China brings plenty of benefits to international students. First, it provides exposure to an international perspective and an opportunity to learn about China’s language, kind people, delicious food, long history, rich culture and traditions. Furthermore, China’s booming economy offers numerous employment prospects and network opportunities. In addition, studying in China is usually much more affordable than studying in other destinations, especially western countries.

3. Brief Introduction of the Chinese Education System

China’s education system is highly regarded globally for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research and innovation. The system covers a wide range of educational institutions, including universities, colleges, technical and vocational schools to cultivate various talents of all levels to meet the needs of social and country development. The system is divided into different levels, starting from preschool education up to tertiary education, to meet people’s academic needs. 

4. Popular Disciplines in China

China offers a wide range of disciplines to carter to different academic interests and career goals. Here are Some popular disciplines for international students to study in China:

1. Engineering Related Programs

China is renowned for its advancements in engineering and technology. International students can choose to study programs such as civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, computer science and technology, software engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, etc.

2. Business Related Programs

With its booming economy and global influence, studying business and economics in China provides international students with a unique global perspective. International students can choose programs such as international economics and trade, finance, accounting, marketing, business administration and hospitality management .

3. Medical and Healthcare Programs

China has internationally recognized medical universities and research institutes offering high-quality medical education. International students who want to study medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, psychology or other healthcare professions can always find themselves suitable universities in China.

4. Arts Programs

In order to meet international students’ increasing needs for arts programs, China’s universities also offer a wide range of arts programs, such as law, philosophy, pedagogy, literature, history, arts and design, and more. Students who don’t want to do science can choose these programs to study.

5. Chinese Language Programs

With an increasing number of international students choosing to study Chinese in recent years, study in China is a great opportunity for them to immerse themselves in Chinese language and culture. Chinese language programs (short and long term, exchange programs, culture study programs, etc.) offer a deep understanding of Chinese language, culture and traditions.

Please note that the above mentioned disciplines are just some examples, and China offers various study options for international students in different fields.

For more information, please check:

Education in China

5. Preparing for Your Study in China Journey


Researching Universities and Programs in China

  Factors to Consider




Explore reputable university rankings, such as QS World 

Ranking,THE World Ranking, U.S. News World Ranking, 

Shanghai’s ARWU Ranking, ESI International Ranking, etc.



Search for the programs/disciplines you desired in 

universities you want .

Language of Instruction

 (Teaching Medium)

Choose the teaching medium/instruction language you 

like,  English or Chinese.


Admission Qualifications

  Common Requirements


          Entry Age

Generally, applicants should be under 25 year for 

Bachelor’s; under 30 years old for Master’s and 

under 35 years old for PhD. (Vary from school to school)

    Academic Transcripts

      National Results

Provide official transcripts from previous educational 

institutions or National Exam Results, translated into 

Chinese or English if they are in other languages.



Demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction 

(English or Chinese) through standardized tests 

such as TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo, etc. for English 

proficiency and HSK/HSKK for Chinese Proficiency.



Submit letters of recommendation from teachers or 

professors (mainly required for Master’s and PhD).

         Study Plan/

    Personal Statement

Write a compelling personal statement/study plan 

outlining self-introduction, motivations, academic 

goals, and career aspirations.


Medical report, police clearance, bank statement, etc.

Scholarships and Financial Aids Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunity


 Chinese Government 


Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC) , the Belt 

and Road Scholarship,Confucius Scholarship, etc.




Local government scholarships, such as Zhejiang 

Provincial Scholarship, Jiangsu Jasmine Scholarship, 

Beijing Government Scholarship, Shanghai Government 

Scholarship, etc.



Full and partial scholarships offered by Chinese universities 

for international students, such as University President 

Scholarship, Academic Scholarship, etc.



Scholarships provided by governments, foundations, and 

organizations in your home country.


Visa Application Procedures



   Get Admission Notice 

    & JW202/201 Form

Receive admission documents from the Chinese university 

you applied for.

       Complete Visa 

    Application Form

Fill out the visa application form available on the Chinese 

embassy/consulate site or visa application center website.

   Prepare Documents 

    for Visa Application

Assemble required paperwork: passport, photos, financial 

statement, medical report, police clearance, flight itinerary, etc.



Present the application and documents to the embassy 

or consulate of China in your country.


         (if needed)

Attend an interview with the embassy/consulate if it’s necessary.

        Pick up Visa

Retrieve your approved X1/2 visa and plan your travel accordingly


Health Insurance and Medical Considerations

   Health and Medical 



    Health Insurance 


A must for international students to study in China, usually 

need to buy on arrival or before departure. Health insurance 

usually covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation 

and repatriation.



Familiarize yourself with the medical facilities, such as 

hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, near your university or 

on campus,


Check and make sure you have received the required 

vaccinations by China’s official organizations before 

traveling to China to avoid unexpected troubles at immigration.

      Medication and 


Bring an ample supply of any necessary medications, 

along with prescriptions and medical documents for 

any emergency situations.

    Health and Safety 


Abide by the health and safety regulations provided by 

the university and local authorities which are usually 

introduced during the orientation week.


Please note that the information above is a general overview. If you want to get the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding study in China, please don’s hesitate to contact us.


6. Choosing the Right University and Program


Top Universities in China for International Students

China is home to some world renowned universities for their academic excellence and research contributions. Here below are some top universities in China for international students:

· Tsinghua University

· Peking University

· Fudan University

· Zhejiang University

· Shanghai Jiao Tong University

· Nanjing University

· University of Science and Technology of China

· Huazhong University of Science and Technology

· Sun Yat-sen University

· Harbin Institute of Technology


These universities usually offer education of higher quality as well as a wide range of programs across various disciplines. Most importantly, they provide a supportive environment for international students to study and improve themselves to reach their academic aspirations.

Degree Programs Offered in English

Many universities in China offer English medium degree programs of a variety of disciplines, including:

· Engineering programs

· Business programs

· Arts programs

· Science programs

· Medical program

· Language programs

· Foundation/Preparatory programs

Do a research on universities and programs to find the most suitable programs to meet your academic interests.

Academic and Research Opportunities



China’s universities usually offer very extensive academic and research opportunities for both Chinese students and international students. Generally, they have well-equipped laboratories, R & D centers and internships in industries and institutions of home and abroad for international students to participate to foster their future career development.

By participating in these academic and research activities, you can accumulate your learning experience, broaden your horizons and cultivate important connections in your field of research.

Campus Facilities and Student Life

Chinese universities offer a vibrant and colorful campus life by providing a wide range of facilities and activities to enrich your study life here. For example:

· Libraries and Study Communities

· Sports Facilities and Recreation Centers

· Student Clubs and Organizations

· Cultural Events and Festivals

· Competition Events

Campus facilities and amenities not only contribute to an well-rounded international students’ life but also provide opportunities for personal growth, social interactions and cultural immersion.

Alumni Networks and Career Support

Strong alumni networks can be found in most China’s universities which are beneficial for your career development in future. These alumni associations and networks usually can provide you many opportunities in China and beyond.

Universities also offer career guide classes, such career counseling, career plan and development, etc. And there are also job fairs and internships every year to help international students navigate the job market and launch their careers.

Please note that the information above is a general overview. If you want to get the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding study in China, please don’s hesitate to contact us.

7. Living in China as an International Student

Accommodation Options and Cost of Living

For international students in China, there are usually two main accommodation options to choose, including:

· Live On-Campus :

Almost all universities in China offer on-campus dormitories for international students, such as single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms or quadruple rooms, to meet different students’ needs. These dormitories usually provide all kinds of facilities (Air conditioner, fridge, Wifi, desk, wardrobe, etc.) and a convenient and immersive living experience, fostering friendships and cultural exchange. Moreover, to live on campus is cost-efficient and affordable, hostel fee ranges from 300-2,000 USD/year.


· Live Off-Campus:

 Most universities allow international students to live off-campus from 2nd year, but usually 1st year they need to live on-campus before they adap themselves to the new environment. Though renting an apartment off-campus allows for more independence and flexibility, it is important to research the local rental market, understand lease agreements and consider factors such as location, safety and transportation accessibility before you live off-campus. Comparatively, to live off-campus is more expensive than live on-campus, especially in big cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc.


In terms of the cost of living, generally speaking, China offers a relatively affordable lifestyle for international students. Expenses may include accommodation, food, transportation, medicals, utilities and other expenses. The cost of living can vary according to the city or region you reside in. It is advisable to create a budget and manage your finances wisely.

For more information, you can visit Cost of Study in China.


8. Cultural Adaptation and Language Learning

Adapting to a new environment with totally different culture and languages from yours can be both exciting and challenging. Here are some tips for cultural adaptation and language learning in China:

Cultural Adaptation

· Embrace Differences: 

Embrace and respect the cultural differences you encounter. Learn about Chinese customs, traditions, and social norms to navigate daily life more smoothly.

· Engage in Cultural Activities: 

Participate in cultural events, festivals and activities to immerse yourself in Chinese traditions and gain a deeper understanding of the local culture.

· Make Local Friends: 

Interact with local students and immerse yourself in Chinese social circles to broaden your cultural understanding and establish meaningful connections.

· Explore Beyond Campus: 

Explore the city and surrounding areas to discover hidden gems, historical sites and local cuisine. Traveling within China allows for a deeper appreciation of its diverse culture and landscapes.

Language Learning

· Language Classes: 

Take advantage of language classes offered by your university or consider enrolling in language schools to improve your Chinese language skills.

· Language Exchange: 

Engage in language exchange programs or find language partners to practice conversational Chinese with native speakers.

· Immerse Yourself: 

Practice using Chinese in daily interactions, such as ordering food, shopping, or participating in extracurricular activities. Immersion accelerates language learning and cultural understanding.

For more information, you can visit the Culture of China and Chinese Language pages on Wikipedia.

9. Student Support Services and Resources

Chinese universities typically provide comprehensive support services to international students during their whole study journey. These services may include:

· International Student Office/Center: 

The international student office serves as a primary point of contact for international students, offering guidance on academic matters, visa issues, and general support.

· Academic and Career Support: 

Most universities in China provide academic resources, like tutoring services, language study centers, libraries, career counselling, job fairs, etc.


10. Assessment and Grading Systems

Universities in China utilize various assessment and grading systems to evaluate student performance. Common assessment methods include:

· Examinations: 

Written or oral exams at the end of a semester or academic year, testing knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

· Coursework: 

Assignments, essays, presentations, and projects completed throughout the semester.

· Class Participation: 

Active engagement in class discussions, group work, and contributions to the learning process.

Grading systems may differ across universities, but most use a numerical scale or a combination of letters and percentages (under 60% is Fail) to assign grades.

11. Library and Research Facilities

Chinese universities offer extensive library and research facilities to support students’ academic pursuits. These resources may include:

· Libraries: 

Well-equipped libraries with vast collections of books, journals, research papers, and digital resources.

· Online Databases: 

Access to online databases and journals for research purposes.

· Research Centers: 

Specialized research centers and institutes focused on various disciplines and fields of study.

· Technology and Laboratories: 

State-of-the-art technology, equipment, and laboratories for scientific research and experimentation.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the library resources and research facilities available at your chosen university.

12. Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations

Engaging in extracurricular activities and joining student organizations can enrich your student experience in China. These activities may include:

· Cultural Clubs: 

Join clubs focused on Chinese culture, arts, music, or language exchange to further explore the local culture.

· Sports Clubs: 

Participate in sports clubs or intramural leagues to stay active and connect with fellow students.

· Volunteer Opportunities: 

Get involved in community service projects and contribute to local initiatives.

· Academic Associations: 

Join academic associations or student societies related to your field of study to network with peers and engage in academic discussions.

Extracurricular activities and student organizations provide opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and building a strong social network. International students are encouraged to take part in these activities when studyinghere, universities here also take this into consideration when evaluating students' overall performance. 

13. Travel and Exploring China

International students have numerous chances to travel around the country to explore its amazing scenery and rich culture in different parts of China  while studying here during public holidays, especially summer vacation and winter vacation which can be around three months in all. 


Transportation Options and Travel Tips

China offers various transportation options for travelers, making it convenient to explore the country. Travelers can choose what they like according to their personal needs. Here are some transportation modes and travel tips:

Transportation Modes

· Metro/Subway: 

Major cities in China have well-developed metro/subway systems, offering efficient and affordable transportation within the city.

· High-Speed Train: 

China has an extensive high-speed rail network, connecting different cities and regions. High-speed trains are a popular mode of transportation for long-distance travel.

· Bus: 

Buses are widely available, both for short intra-city journeys and long-distance travel between cities and provinces.

· Domestic Flights: 

For longer distances, domestic flights provide a quick and convenient way to travel between major cities.


Travel Tips

· Plan Ahead: 

Research and plan your itinerary in advance, considering the distance, transportation options, and attractions you want to visit.

· Public Transportation Apps: 

Install useful mobile apps for navigation and real-time information on public transportation schedules and routes, such as Baidu Maps, Gaode Maps, Qunar App, Ctrip App, etc .

· Language Translation: 

Carry a pocket phrasebook or use translation apps to communicate with locals and navigate transportation systems, such as Youdao Dictionary App.


14. Health and Well-being in China

Health and Medical Services

China has a well-established healthcare system that caters to the medical needs of international students. Some key aspects of health and medical services in China include:

Hospital and Clinics

· Public Hospitals: 

These hospitals provide comprehensive medical services and are usually affiliated with medical universities.

· International Hospitals: 

Some cities have international hospitals that cater to the needs of foreigners and offer services in multiple languages.

· Community Health Centers: 

These centers provide primary healthcare services and are often the first point of contact for minor illnesses and routine check-ups.


Health Insurance

International students in China are typically required to have health insurance coverage. It is important to familiarize yourself with the health insurance policy provided by your university or obtain private health insurance that covers medical expenses, emergencies, and repatriation.

Pharmacy Services

Pharmacies in China offer a wide range of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It is advisable to carry necessary medications, along with their prescriptions and consult with healthcare professionals or pharmacists for guidance.

Mental Health Support for International Students

Maintaining mental well-being is crucial during your study abroad journey. Chinese universities recognize the importance of mental health and offer support services for international students, including:

Counseling Services

Many universities have counseling centers that provide confidential counseling sessions to address various concerns such as stress, homesickness, academic pressure, and cultural adaptation.

Support Groups and Workshops

Universities may organize support groups, workshops, and events focused on mental health and well-being. These platforms provide opportunities to connect with fellow students, share experiences, and learn coping strategies.

Language Support

For international students who may face language barriers in seeking mental health support, universities may provide services in multiple languages or offer translation assistance.

15. Safety Measures and Emergency Contacts

Ensuring your safety is a priority while studying in China. Here are some safety measures and emergency contacts to be aware of:

Safety Measures

· Familiarize Yourself with Emergency Exits: Know the emergency exit locations in your campus buildings and accommodations.

· Stay Informed: Keep updated on safety protocols, emergency procedures, and any travel advisories or alerts issued by your embassy or consulate.

· Personal Safety Precautions: Practice common safety precautions such as being aware of your surroundings, avoiding isolated areas at night, and safeguarding personal belongings.

Emergency Contacts

University Emergency Hotline: Save the contact number of your university’s emergency hotline for immediate assistance.

16. Conclusion and Next Steps

Reflecting on Your Study Abroad Experience in China

As you near the end of your study abroad experience in China, take the time to reflect on your journey. Consider the following aspects:

Academic Growth

Reflect on the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your studies in China. Think about how your academic experience has shaped your perspective and future goals.

Cultural Immersion

Consider the ways in which you have immersed yourself in Chinese culture, traditions, and daily life. Reflect on the new perspectives and cross-cultural understanding you have gained.

Personal Development

Think about how studying in China has contributed to your personal growth. Consider the challenges you have overcome, the friendships you have made, and the experiences that have shaped you.

Career and Post-Study Opportunities

As you approach the end of your study abroad journey, explore the career and post-study opportunities available to you. Consider the following steps:

Job Search and Networking

Utilize the career support services provided by your university and tap into alumni networks. Attend job fairs, participate in networking events, and explore internships or employment opportunities in China.

Further Education or Research

If you are interested in pursuing further education or research, explore postgraduate programs or research opportunities in China or other countries.

Return to Your Home Country

Plan your return to your home country or consider other countries for employment or further studies. Leverage the international experience and cultural understanding you have gained in China.


17. Staying Connected with China and its Culture


Even after leaving China, there are ways to stay connected with the country and its culture:

Language Learning

Continue to improve your Chinese language skills through language courses, online resources, or language exchange programs.

Cultural Events and Communities

Attend Chinese cultural events or join local Chinese communities in your home country to maintain connections and continue learning about Chinese culture.

Professional Associations and Networks

Stay connected with professional associations or networks related to your field of study that have a focus on China or international connections.

Planning Your Return or Future Endeavors

As you plan your return or future endeavors, consider the following:

Document and Share Your Experience

Compile your study abroad experience, including photos, reflections, and achievements, to create a portfolio or journal that showcases your time in China.

Alumni Networks and Support

Stay connected with the alumni network of your university or other international student associations, as they can provide valuable support and networking opportunities.

Continued Learning and Growth

Embrace a lifelong learning mindset and continue seeking opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills, both in your chosen field and in areas related to your experience in China. Stay updated on the latest developments in your field, engage in professional development activities, and consider pursuing additional certifications or specialized training.

Cultural Exchange and Engagement

Continue to foster cultural exchange by sharing your experiences and insights about China with others. Engage in discussions, give presentations, or write articles to promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

18. Return Visits and Future Endeavors

Consider planning return visits to China to reconnect with friends, colleagues, and the places that hold special meaning for you. Additionally, keep an open mind to future endeavors that may involve China, such as career opportunities, collaborations, or further academic pursuits.

Remember, your study abroad experience in China has not only enriched your academic journey but has also provided you with invaluable cultural insights and personal growth. Carry these experiences with you as you embark on your next steps and embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.

Note: This guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of studying in China for international students. It is important to consult official sources, university websites and relevant authorities for the most up-to-date information and requirements.

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