Eligibility and Entry Requirements in Chinese Universities

As you search for the perfect program at a Chinese university, you will first need to know if you are eligible for a program before you apply. This can save a lot of time on your part.

Entry requirements in Chinese universities depend on the program you are applying to. We encourage you to search on the program page for the exact information because it does vary by program.

The good news is that there are many programs and universities in China, so we can find a program for you. In this article, we will walk you through the entry requirements, types of application documents, and other helpful information to start your application.

Entry Requirements In Chinese Universities

By Degree Level
Foundation Programs Must be 16 to 25 years old. If under 18, you need to find a guardian in China. 
Bachelor’s Must have graduated from high school with good grades and academic background. 

Must be under 35 years old, but some programs can be flexible. 

Master’s  Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Must meet GPA requirements, but some programs can be flexible. 

For non-native English speakers, you may be required to submit an English Language Test Certificate. 

PhD Must have obtained a master’s degree. 

Non-native English speakers may be required to submit an English Language Test Certificate. 

By Subject
Chinese Language  Must have graduated from high school.

Prior background in Chinese is not required.

MBA Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Two years or longer work experience.

Competitive GMAT or GRE score (or you can take the school’s entrance test). 

Some universities may require an English Language Test Certificate. 

MBBS Must have graduated from high school.

18 years or above upon application

Must have good grades in Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB), and Mathematics.

Each university also has some slight differences. You can check specific entry requirements on our page here.

For more information about studying in China if you are under 18 years old, read our article on foundation programs here.

Application Documents

Required documents are very similar for most universities in China. For more advanced degrees such as master’s and PhD, there may be a few additional documents to submit. The basic ones that you need to prepare include:

  • Passport-size photo
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Graduation diploma
  • Official transcript of records
  • Personal statement
  • English language certificate

For MBA requirements, you can check here and for MBBS read our article here.

If you still have questions about documents, read our comprehensive guide and watch video guides for each step.

How To Apply

You can apply in three easy steps!

1) Choose a program here.

2) Complete and upload all your documents in a high-quality format.

3) Pay the application fee here, wait for the confirmation letter from the university and process your visa. Get ready to come to China!

How To Get A Student Visa

1) Choose a student visa category. There are two types: X1 which is for students staying for more than 180 days in China and X2 for students staying less than 180 days.

2) Complete the application form here and submit all the required documents to the Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General in your country of residence.

3) Pay the visa application fee at the Visa Office of the Chinese Embassy. Regular processing is four business days, but this might be different from country to country.

Read our complete guide to processing the China X Student Visa. We can also give you assistance if you need help.

Study In China For 2022 Intake!

Chinese Universities are now accepting applications for 2022 intake. Apply early (Why should you apply early?) and get the chance to apply for scholarships and grants.

We can also review your application documents for free after you have applied. Just let us know your application ID by email to apply@china-admissions.com. We can give you free feedback and suggest other options if you do not meet the entry requirements for a particular program. 

Founder and CEO at China Admissions. Originally from UK🇬🇧, based in Beijing. Studied at Peking University & BLCU. Preparing for HSK 6. Hope we can help more talented international students have the same amazing experiences and opportunities that I have had
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neo khoza
neo khoza
8 months ago

Can I enroll in an MBBS program in a Chinese university after starting from another university?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
8 months ago
Reply to  neo khoza

Hi @Neo,

Yes, you can. However, you will be required to start from the very beginning.

Kyle Gurung
Kyle Gurung
8 months ago

Would there be an entrance examination? I know some universities do not require them but what about other universities?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
8 months ago
Reply to  Kyle Gurung

Hi @Kyle,

Normally, Chinese universities require an entrance exam for incoming undergraduate students. But since May last year, Chinese universities have temporarily cancelled this requirement due to COVID-19. Some have replaced the exam with an online interview, and language and qualification requirements still stand.

Emil Baghiyev
Emil Baghiyev
8 months ago
Reply to  Christine Chiu

Which universities in China do not require entrance exam?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
8 months ago
Reply to  Emil Baghiyev

Hi @Emil,
Peking, Tsinghua, Renmin and Shanghai Jiao Tong university cancelled entrance examinations in May 2020, but we have yet to confirm if this is true for 2021. Some universities have also taken their entrance examinations online like Fudan University.

maureen
maureen
8 months ago

Hello, are there universities in China that offer master’s degree that does not need to take the English proficiency Exam? I want to apply but then I do not have that. Thank you!

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
8 months ago
Reply to  maureen

Hi @Maureen,

All English-medium programs need English Proficiency Exam. You can take our International English Test (IET) test online, it is officially recognised by Chinese universities and is accepted as an official evaluation of your English level. Here’s a link to the IET: https://iet.china-admissions.com/order-2275751122775726

Mau
Mau
8 months ago

I am in my last year of university and planning to take my masters, when should I apply? I will be graduating around the year 2022.

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
8 months ago
Reply to  Mau

Hi @Mau,
If you’re graduating in 2022, you should start applying between March to August for September 2022 intake.

Mau
Mau
7 months ago
Reply to  Christine Chiu

I should apply in March to August 2021? or for 2022?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  Mau

@Mau, you should apply March to August 2022.

grace
grace
7 months ago

I don’t know Chinese. What are the odds of me getting a scholarship?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  grace

Hi @grace,
You don’t need to know Chinese (although it can be an advantage if you do) to get a scholarship in China. There are many scholarships for international students and English-medium programs. Read more about getting a scholarship here.

Ahmed Awan
Ahmed Awan
7 months ago

I have 3 remaining courses for completion of my Bachelors and my exams are commencing from 15th march 2021. The results will be announced 1 or maybe 2 months after the exams. When to apply?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  Ahmed Awan

Hi @Ahmed,
You can start your application after receiving your bachelor’s degree certificate.

grace
grace
7 months ago

What are the chances of getting a scholarship without knowing Chinese?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  grace

Hi @grace,
Knowing how to speak and write Chinese is not a requirement to get scholarships to study in China. Although it can really be a bonus point and an advantage. Try to search for online Chinese language programs here. 🙂

Rex
Rex
7 months ago

Hello, can an undergraduate student enrolled in a Western University transfer into MBBS program? Will the admission look at University Transcript? As he transferred O-level into foundation undergrad.

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  Rex

Hi @Rex,
If you study MBBS in China from a Western country, you have to start the program at the very beginning (or year 1). Chinese Universities will check university transcripts, O-level and foundation (or high school transcript).

rash
rash
7 months ago

Hi, I am Rash. When is the deadline in Chinese universities?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
7 months ago
Reply to  rash

Hi Rash, search for your preferred Chinese university/program and their deadlines here.

malik
malik
6 months ago

Hey, what are the documents required for 1 semester Chinese language course?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
6 months ago
Reply to  malik

Hi @malik,
Please check the complete documents here.

Bibi
Bibi
6 months ago

What’s the fee structure for MS or MD in China?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
6 months ago
Reply to  Bibi

Hi @Bibi,
It depends on the university where you are applying, but generally speaking, it’s more or less the same as most universities in the world. You need to pay for the tuition fee, entry fee, medical insurance, accommodation (if you stay on-campus), textbooks etc.
Tuition fee is paid one time. There are very few universities that allow installment.
I hope this helps.

Hildegalda
Hildegalda
6 months ago

Greetings! What is the average GPA is accepted for Degree Entry in Most of China Universities?
Can a holder of 2.5 GPA out of 5.0 of Diploma in Law get admission for Degree Entry?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
6 months ago
Reply to  Hildegalda

Hi @Hildegalda,
Average GPA accepted by Chinese universities is 70%. You can send your transcript here to check if you’re eligible or not: apply@china-admissions.com.

Danica
Danica
5 months ago

Hello. I’m in my second year pre-med and I’m planning to study in a medical school in China. What is the appropriate program should I get and when should I start to apply? Thank you!

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
5 months ago
Reply to  Danica

Hi @Danica,
You can study MBBS or Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. Please read our MBBS guide or check out a full list of English-medium MBBS programs here.

Meesam Imran
Meesam Imran
4 months ago

what are the academic requirements for incoming undergraduates?

Christine Chiu
Christine Chiu
4 months ago
Reply to  Meesam Imran

Hi @Messam,
Please see entry requirements by degree level above. Academic requirements will also depend on the subject you take. You can head over to our search page here, select your desired program/university and see specific academic requirements.

Okereke Ijeoma
Okereke Ijeoma
4 months ago

If i apply for a course now, will i be able to travel to China by the time am admitted?
Because i wouldn’t want to waste my efforts and end up studying online

Nate
Nate
4 months ago

Are there age restrictions for masters programs?

X.maria belsin
X.maria belsin
3 months ago

I am currently 30 years old , so can I joinany University in china

Karl che
Karl che
2 months ago

Iam a student from India and iam looking to study history at undergraduate level in tshingua university what is the acceptance rate for my subject ? Is it a English taught program?

Karl che
Karl che
2 months ago

And the continuation of my comment, iam a 10th grade student now and what should I start doing right now to get accepted at tshingua? Like learning mandarin and preparing for entrance exams for

Karl che
Karl che
2 months ago

Cont…Students who are applying for undergraduate history program or any program in general? Please answer my questions iam really passionate about studying history at tshingua

Last edited 2 months ago by Karl che
Rafael R. Pinlac
Rafael R. Pinlac
2 months ago

If I am a 2nd year bsba marketing student in the philippines if I want to study at peking in marketing as well will my subjects be credited, or will I start at the beginning?

Maria Akter
Maria Akter
17 days ago

Is it really important to have IB score if I want to study at any Chinese International University?

Savannah Billman
Savannah Billman
16 days ago
Reply to  Maria Akter

It is generally not required to submit an IB score. Check here for more details on the required application documents: https://www.china-admissions.com/study-in-china-guide-for-international-students/application-documents-for-chinese-universities/
For help building a strong application, we recommend you register on China Admissions (https://www.china-admissions.com/blog/register-for-free-advice-on-studying-in-china/), and then send us a message from the system or contact us by filling out this form (https://www.china-admissions.com/support-2/) so that we can help advise you on submitting proper documents and test scores.

rama krishna kalla
rama krishna kalla
19 hours ago

Hi
Iam from India and am interested to get admission of my son in bachelor of petroleum engineering in china University of petroleum, Beijingn in 2022

Kindly help me to get admission
🙏🙏

Savannah Billman
Savannah Billman
1 hour ago

Hello, you may find the program and begin an application here: https://apply.china-admissions.com/search/
Create an account on China Admissions to begin the application here: https://apply.china-admissions.com/account/register/
Here are China Admissions’ services we offer: https://www.china-admissions.com/services/
Check eligibility guidelines here: https://www.china-admissions.com/blog/admissions-requirements-at-chinese-universities/

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