One of the great things about China is that it is a relatively inexpensive option for students. Tuition fees are comparatively low, so you will be able to receive quality education at affordable prices. This is very important, and it’s one of the things that make China a very attractive option for international students. With the high quality of education combined with lower tuition fees, it’s clear why so many people decide to study abroad in China instead of other destinations.
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 also some minor costs you will need to pay when you arrive, such as insurance (about $100) and medical examination fee (if not already taken in the home country; it varies depending on the location – for Beijing it’s around $100).
While the economic growth and other factors mean that prices in China are on the rise, it’s still has a relatively low costs of living. International students need about US $3,000 for accommodation and about 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. Internationals who wish 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 probably be able to afford many things you can’t at home, such as tailor-made clothes, a housekeeper, lots of travel, frequent restaurant meals, massages, regular night on the town, and more.
There are numerous scholarships available to study in China 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 specifically structured to provide full and partial scholarships for internationals who wish to study in China. 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 so you can prove you are admitted to a Chinese university, as well as 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 college 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 and 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.