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China is on the rise: the country’s economic development is evidence of this. This economic growth is now followed by an increased focus on education.

China is a large country, full of natural and historical attractions. Those wishing to study in China can take advantage of numerous trips to these attractions. Immersing themselves in the country and its rich culture.

Why China?

China offers plenty of options at all levels of higher education, from Bachelor’s to PhD. Most programs and courses are not taught in English, which may be a problem for those who are not fluent in Chinese. However, the good news is that there are an increasing number of courses and even whole programmes taught in English. It all depends on the university. Those wishing to study in China without learning the language will be able to find great options taught in English.

It’s important to emphasize that China has many unis that rank highly. Two of the C9 universities (Peking University and Thinghua) are ranked (46th and 31st). Other highly regarded institutions are Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong, the University of Science and Technology China, Nanjing University. China has a number of lesser known but developing universities, such as Tongi and Tianjin Universities. They are on the rise and make interesting destinations for those who are looking at different options.

China is quickly developing and emerging as a nation of quality education. It’s no surprise it’s becoming a popular destination for international students. This is particularly true for Asian students who may choose China over Europe or North America to stay closer to home while still receiving high-quality education.

Also, China is actively working on attracting more international students. The Chinese government has set a target to have 500,000 foreign students by 2020. There are many practical measures being taken to meet this goal. Including substantial scholarships for international students.

About China

China (officially the People’s Republic of China – PRC) is located in East Asia. With a population of over 1.35 billion, it is the world’s most populous country. It is also the world’s third largest country by size. Beijing and Shanghai are the most famous Chinese cities. China has more than 160 cities with a population greater than 1 million. There are great regional difference when it comes to climate, environment and culture, making China very diverse.

The majority of the population of China are Han Chinese. The Han Chinese are the world’s largest ethnic group, with over 1.2 billion people living in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. China’s population includes 55 other ethnic minorities, such as Manchus, Hui, Uyghurs, Mongols, and many others.

China is a country with a rich history, dating back more than 4,000 years. The earliest examples of written history date back to 1600 BC. This rich history reflects on China’s culture even today.

The top tourist attractions in China include:

  • The Great Wall of China, located in the Huairou District of Beijing. This is the longest wall in the world and one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions.
  • Terracotta Army Museum, located near the Tomb of Qin Shihuang, known as the First Emperor, who unified China 2,200 years ago.
  • The Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world and the longest river within a single country.
  • Potala Palace, located on Moburi (Red) Mountain. This is a large treasure house full of materials and articles from Tibetan history, religion, culture and art. It’s well known for its sculptures, murals, antiques, Buddha statues, scriptures and religious jewelry.
  • The Bund, one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai.
  • Yellow Mountain, located in Anhui Province.
  • Yungang Grottoes, with 252 caves and 51,000 Buddhist statues.
  • West Lake, the most famous tourist spot in Hangzhou.
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Cost of Studying & Living in China

One of the great things about China is that it is a relatively inexpensive option for students. Tuition fees are comparatively low. Meaning you will receive quality education at affordable prices. This is very important, and it’s one of the things that makes China an attractive option for students. With high quality education and lower tuition fees, it’s clear why so many people decide to study in China.

Tuition fees vary depending upon university, study topic and level of study. Generally speaking, international students can expect to pay between US $2,000 and $4,000 per year for tuition fees. This is significantly lower than many European and North American university tuition fees.

There are some minor costs you will need to pay on arrival. This includes insurance (about $100) and a medical examination fee (if not taken in the home country). This can vary depending on the location – for Beijing it’s around $100.

Economic growth and other factors mean that prices in China are on the rise. However, it’s still has a relatively low costs of living. You will need US $3,000 for accommodation and US $2,000 for other living costs (such as food, transportation, etc.) These costs of living are comparatively lower than many other countries. Due to economic growth and other factors, the prices in China are on the rise. However, the cost of living is still much lower than in most of the industrialized countries. International students wishing to study in China can live very comfortably even without much money. In fact, it’s possible to have a better lifestyle while studying abroad in China than at home. You will be able to afford many things you can’t at home. Such as tailor-made clothes, a housekeeper, lots of travel, restaurant meals, massages, and regular nights out.

There are numerous scholarships available to for international students. China’s Ministry of Education has pledged around $238 million for the Chinese Government Scholarship Program in the 2012-13 academic year alone. This program is structured to provide full and partial scholarships for international students. More than 25,000 students benefitted from this scheme in 2011 and the Chinese government is working on increasing this number.

One of the exciting things about the scholarship program is the relatively high value of the average scholarship: it is now around $9,400. This is great news for any interested students and makes living and studying in China much more financially attractive. China is one of the most attractive options when it comes to international scholarships.

Another thing you can do is to seek part-time employment. A part time teaching job can bring you some extra cash in case you are on a tight budget.


Those who wish to study abroad in China need to apply for a visa. All international students should have a passport and either a Study visa (X-visa) for a study period of more than 6 months or a Business visa (F-visa) for a study period of 6 months or less.

Most students will need to get an X-visa. To have it issued, you need to present a valid passport and Letters of Admission for your university, and a JW 202 form. Once you are accepted to a Chinese university, the university will prepare the JW202 form for you. This may take 2-4 weeks. Officers may also require some additional documents, because visas are issued on case by case basis.


The official language of China is Mandarin, or Putonghua. It’s spoken throughout the country, although most Chinese people also speak a local dialect. If you don’t speak Chinese well it can be a bit of a struggle with the locals. However, many young people, especially students, speak English, so you will be able to communicate relatively easily.

Those who wish to learn the language have numerous options. Learning Chinese in China is very effective method of learning. You can always apply what you learn on your classes in everyday life. It is a great way to experience the local culture and improve your language skills.


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