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Study in China

Everything you need to know about studying in China as an international student.

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Why study in China?

China has a lot to offer international students, including a fascinating insight into a different culture and a real opportunity to excel academically. China is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is at the forefront of technological innovation, offering an exciting opportunity for students.

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What are the best programs in China?

Undergraduate degrees in China usually last four years, but degrees like medicine and dentistry will take longer, usually five years.

Graduate programs in can be divided into two main categories:

  • Master's degrees
  • Doctoral degrees (PhD)

Master's degrees in China usually take between two and three years to complete, with doctoral degrees generally taking three years.

There is a variety of highly regarded institutions in China including specialist business schools, medical universities and engineering universities. Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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  1. Universities & programs

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  2. Application assistance

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  3. Visa & embassy guidance

    Maximise your chances of being granted a visa

  4. Enrollment & travel advice

    Get support all the way to your first day at university

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What is the cost of studying in China?

Studying in China can cost much less than the US or UK, and students can expect to pay between 11,500 ¥ to 21,000 ¥ per academic year.

However, programs in areas like medicine, engineering and business can cost much more, averaging at around 159,000 ¥ to 332,000 ¥ per year.

The cost of accommodation in China varies depending on where you decide to study, for example if you are studying in a big city it may cost more. If you want to live off campus while studying in China you will often need permission from your university.

Key facts

  • Renminbi ¥ Currency
  • 20 million Student population
  • Mandarin Language
  • 2,914 Universities

Where can you study in China?

There’s a huge choice when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study in China. As such a large and diverse country, student life can be very different depending on where you choose.

China is home to some of the world’s largest and most exciting cities, including its capital Beijing; a world center for business and study.

China is a country rich in history and culture, and many international students take advantage of their holidays to travel the country and the surrounding regions.

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What are the requirements to study in China?


There may be specific entry requirements for each university or program, but as a general rule you will need a high school education to apply for a bachelor’s degree in China. For some programs students may need to take China’s college entrance examination, and for others you may also need to take a language test.

English language tests

If you want to study in English at a university in China, you’ll need to prove your English language proficiency when you apply. Check with the university you’re applying to see to find whether you need to have completed a TOEFL or IELTS certification, and the score needed.

China student visa

International students planning to study a degree in China that lasts longer than six months need to apply for a student visa (X-visa).

Applicants will need the following:

  • A passport valid for at least six months after arriving in China, with at least one blank visa page
  • A health certificate legalized by the Chinese Embassy
  • A completed Visa Application Form with a recent passport sized photograph attached
  • A Letter of Admission issued by the relevant Chinese government university
  • There may be additional requirements depending on your nationality and the country you are living in

How to study in China

  1. Find a university in China and a program you want to study
  2. Apply to the university online by filling in an application form with personal details and your educational background
  3. Upload any requested documents like scanned versions of certificates, transcripts, an English proficiency test, passport, and portfolio
  4. Submit your application and pay any application fees
  5. Receive an offer from a university in China
  6. Accept an offer and pay any necessary fees or deposits
  7. Apply for your China student visa (x-visa)

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