8 Chinese Universities Without Application Fee

Do you want to apply to multiple Chinese universities but you’re concerned about the application fee? Good news, there are excellent Chinese universities without application fee for 2024.

You practically have nothing to lose by applying for admissions in these Chinese universities. They also offer vast program options and offer both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Check them out here!

Chinese Universities Without Application Fee 2024

1) The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK SZ)

CUHK SZ is one of China’s new world-class universities. It is a joint venture between CUHK and Shenzhen University. It adopted the academic system of CUHK, a top-tier university ranked 43rd in the world and 10th in Asia (QS Rankings 2021).

CUHK SZ offers a wide range of cutting-edge English-medium bachelor’s and master’s programs. If you study at CUHK, you will learn from world-class professors, see CUHK SZ’s beautiful campus and be part of the Silicon Valley of Asia (Shenzhen). CUHK SZ by reading about a Day in the Life of two business students! Apply to CUHK SZ here.

2) Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC)

UIC is located in the beautiful coastal city of Zhuhai in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. As one of China’s most liveable cities, Zhuhai is adjacent to Macao and Hong Kong, connected by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. With English as the medium of instruction, UIC’s education is of international standards with high-caliber academic performance.

Aiming to serve China and the world, UIC has built a new model for liberal arts education in China by tapping into traditional Chinese and Western cultural resources.

Learn more about UIC and see photos of the stunning campus here.

3) Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU)

XJTLU is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK. XJTLU is best known for its science, engineering and management courses.

When you graduate at XJTLU, you will be awarded a Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool. Apply to XJTLU here.

4) Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)

BLCU is the only international university in China with its main task set at teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. BLCU just made studying Chinese convenient by offering affordable online Chinese language programs. Watch a sample class here or start your application at BLCU.

5) Tianjin International Chinese College (TICC)

TICC is a language university that offers both Chinese language and preparatory university programs. Whether you’re learning Chinese for business or aiming to pass HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test), TICC has the right program for you. Here’s a sample class and a list of TICC programs.

6) Sino-British College

The Sino-British College (SBC) is an international university college, jointly established by the University of Shanghai for Science & Technology (USST), and 9 leading British Universities. The College offers a number of programs to international students in English. This includes 1 year foundation programs in English, and a large number of mixed programs with some time spent in Shanghai, and the rest at a University in UK.

Learn more about life at SBC!

7) Westlake University

Westlake University is an elite STEM-focused university located in pristine Hangzhou. With a mission to bring Chinese science and research to the world, Westlake students at the Bachelor and PhD level have the chance to study abroad, conduct research in high-tech labs, and present research at global conferences. Learn more about Westlake University!

Apply to Westlake University programs here.

8) Tongji University

Tongji University is one of the top universities in China, a member of Project 985 and the Double First Class University plan. It has a high reputation for top-quality research, teaching, and learning, as well as strong European connections. Tongji is traditionally renowned in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and now prominent in Economics & Management, Arts & Design, Environmental, Engineering, and Automobile Engineering.

Here are all Tongji University programs.

Universities with Application Fee Under $100 USD

Some universities still charge an application fee, but a very low one.

1) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

HKUST LogoThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a public research university in Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong. Founded in 1991 by the British Hong Kong Government, it was the territory’s third institution to be granted university status.

HKUST is commonly regarded as one of the fastest-growing universities in the world. In 2021, HKUST was placed 27th among 1000 universities and secured the 2nd position in the global top 50 Universities Under 50 by QS. Additionally, it holds the 60th rank in the QS World University Rankings for 2024.

The application fee ranges from $30 USD- $70 USD.

2) Jiangsu University

Jiangsu University (JSU) is ranked among the top 100 universities out of over 2,000 higher educational institutions in China. JSU enjoys a national reputation of being among the top research-based academic institutions for engineering sciences with several innovative achievements and patents rights for its achievement and contribution to the economic growth of China and the world economy. Other academic disciplines have also witnessed astronomical growth in their research faculty and the quality of graduates they turn out yearly. Their MBBS program is particularly popular.

The application fee is $30 USD.

3) Shandong University (SDU)

Shandong University logo

Located in the economic powerhouse and cultural heartland of China, Shandong University (SDU) is one of China’s top universities and is well-reputed for world-acclaimed researchers, dedicated teaching staff, and superior campus facilities and services. The university is growing quickly and has an excellent reputation among international students

The application fee is $55 USD.

4) Harbin Institute of Technology

Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) logo

HIT is consistently on the forefront in making innovations in research. For years, Harbin Institute of Technology has continued to undertake large-scale and highly sophisticated national projects. HIT has been making great contributions to China’s hi-tech research by creating many new inventions in scientific research fields.

The application fee is $55 USD.

5) NYU Shanghai

New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) is jointly established by New York University and East China Normal University of Shanghai. It is the first American college to receive independent registration status from China’s Ministry of Education. While classes are in English, some proficiency in Chinese is required for graduation.

Students at NYU Shanghai will study with world-class faculty who nurture their capacity for original, rigorous, and critical thinking and with diverse and intellectually gifted classmates.

The application fee is $80 USD.


I hope you find this article useful. Admissions application is going ahead as normal in China, and these universities are open for application as early as now. You can schedule a free call with our top advisors here.

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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