Study Foundation Programs In China

Usually, many universities don’t accept you to a bachelor’s if you have who have not graduated from Advanced Level. We usually recommend a student to apply for a 6 month or 1-year foundation course depending on the university’s decision after evaluating your results and later apply for the bachelor course at the university. However, not all the university have foundation programs.

This foundation program enables you to apply for an undergraduate degree at the same university or any university of your preference.

Why Study a Foundation Program in China?

There many good reasons on why you should study a foundation program here in China. The main reasons are:

  1. You would like to study Bachelor’s in Chinese language and you don’t have HSK 4 or 5
  2. You have not completed/finished high school or GCE Advanced level (if so you can save a lot of time!!)
  3. You have completed High school but your grades are not really that good
  4. You don’t have an English language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL)
    • Minimum overall score for IELTS usually not lower than 6,0, for TOEFL not lower than 78

In order to start a (english taught) Bachelor’s program at a Chinese university you need to have finished high school and provide an english language certificate (either IELTS or TOEFL). If you have this, you are eligible to apply to all universities in China. Of course the university can still reject you if you don’t meet the academic standards, so ideally you would also have good grades as well.

1 You would like to study Bachelor’s in Chinese but you don’t have a sufficient Chinese level (HSK 4 or 5)
More and more students are interested to study bachelor’s in China in Chinese language.

If you are studying in China, why not study in Chinese? Chinese is the language of China! and it makes sense to study in Chinese in China.

Learning Chinese will give you a lot of opportunities in the future, and you can also get easier access to universities in China, including scholarships

2 You have not completed/finished high school or GCE advanced level

In this case you can actually save a lot of time! Instead of going through 2 or 3 years of high school in your home country and enroll in a foundation program which usually takes between 1 or 2 semesters only.

3 You have completed high school but your grades are not really that good

If you have low grades you might have trouble meeting the academic standards of many universities. This is especially true if you want to apply for programs such as engineering or medicine. Of course the universities take your work experience or volunteer projects into account and if you come from a developed country with a well advanced education system your grades might not even matter that much. But still grades are one important factor to evaluate your academic eligibility. In this case a foundation program is a perfect opportunity. Here you have a second chance and if you perform well you can get access to good universities and programs in China.

4 You don’t have an English language certificate

In order to study an english taught program degree program you need to either come from a country that has English as a first official language, your high school education was exclusively taught in English or you need to provide an English language certificate (either IELTS or TOEFL or IET). If you don’t meet any of these standard but want to start your studies in China as soon as possible, a foundation program is an ideal choice. Once you completed the foundation program you can apply to any Chinese universities (even without an english language certificate).

Foundation programs are a great way of saving your time, prepare you for the program you want to study afterwards and give you access to study a Bachelor’s program at any Chinese university, sometimes even to international universities. We will tell you everything you need to know on why you should study a foundation program and how you can do it.

Please check below for the top foundation programs that you apply

Requirements to apply

  • At least Ordinary Level  certificate with subjects  mathematics, English, and Business studies or IGCSE certificate
  • You Must be 16 years and above
  • You must be non-Chinese citizen

Chinese Foundation programs:

There are a number of foundation programs in Beijing Language and Culture College, and you can receive a scholarship to study in Tianjin University. You can read more about it here.

Business Foundation programs:

If you are interested to apply for an undergraduate business program, I would recommend you to apply for the course at the University below. These are very good universities that offer the  foundation program in China

Beijing Foreign Studies University:






Beijing Foreign Studies University is a good university  Having being Located at Haidian District, Beijing, it is known for being the top university for business studies in China. The foundation course is taught,  It will enable you to apply for an undergraduate major at the university once you will finish the foundation program.

Tuition fee: 

The tuition fee is 15000 RMB per year

Why apply at BFSU

  • It is among the top universities in China for Business studies course,
  • Very cool location near the city center, many foreign restaurants, bars and grill restaurants.
  • Among the most diversified university, a different culture from all over the world.

General Foundation  program

Jiangsu University






Among the good universities that have a wide variety of courses, Jiangsu University is among them, The foundation course at Jiangsu will enable you to pursue your further career at the university, They have many undergraduates course that you would surely be interested to apply after finishing the course.

Tuition fee: 

The tuition fee is 7800 RMB per semester.

Why apply at Jiangsu University

  • Lower tuition fee for foundation program compared to other universities.
  • Varieties of foundation program such as science, business and art  foundation programs depending on the course you would be interested to apply,
  • Many undergraduate courses that enable you to have variety of choice to persuade your career
  • Great campus environment

Shenyang Aerospace University 


Many students who have graduated from ordinary level or IGCSE are much interested to apply for the program at Shenyang Aerospace University, They have an international foundation course that you can be able to apply for an undergraduate course in China or outside China, this foundation program is a one year foundation program and you will receive a certificate after graduating the course.Please check more  information about the course  here

Tuition fee:     

The tuition fee is 14000 RMB per year.

Why apply at Shenyang Aerospace University

  • It is an international foundation program, you can apply for an undergraduate course anywhere in the world.
  • Lower tuition fee compared to another university that offers the course
  • Suitable if you have the interest to study in another country apart from China

How to Apply

Applying through us is quite easy, all it takes is two simple steps!

You can choose the program from the list below.

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