FAQ: Can you study in China even if you have low grades?

Can you study in Chinese universities even if you have low grades?

Sometimes students have low grades for a variety of reasons, from Covid-era disruptions, family issues, or health issues. However, you do not need to be limited in your desire to go to university in China. There are options for you to still begin your university career.

If your average grade scores are below 60%, you may have a more difficult time entering a degree program. Luckily, many Chinese universities offer foundation programs, or pre-Bachelors programs, specifically for students who need some extra time to bring up their grades. If you have grades below 60%, we will probably recommend you for a foundation program.

These programs are year- or semester- long programs that you can take before you start your Bachelor’s degree. Even if you have low grades, you can get accepted into these programs and spend the year improving your scores and learning Chinese. Some foundation program students who get good grades that year can even qualify for Bachelor’s scholarships!

You can read more about foundation programs here: Study Foundation Programs In China

Or, you can check out some popular foundation programs and apply 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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