UPDATE: Covid and Online Classes

UPDATE: Can students enter China?

As of this time, there has been no formal announcement from China’s Ministry of Education or any other government body on when students are able to enter China. China Admissions will post an update when there is confirmed information. 

Currently only a few international students are able to go to China – those studying at Tianjin Juilliard, NYU Shanghai, Georgia Institute of Technology Shenzhen’s Nanshan Campus, and South Korean students (Last updated September 2021)

Read our takeaway on the situation here: Can International Students Return to China for September 2021 Intake?

Overall, though the pace is slow, we have seen China slowly open up to foreign workers and students, by one country and one university at a time. We expect this trend to continue with consular services steadily returning to full function. 

We are unable to provide any more specific information about Covid travel guidelines for your specific country, program, or university. If there is an update for your program or university, we will contact you directly.

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The Covid Situation in China

China made great progress in limiting the spread of Covid-19 within its borders. As of September 15, 2021, the country has fully vaccinated over 1.15 billion people. Most of the Covid cases in China are imported from abroad, with very little domestic spread.  

China has gained international attention for its comprehensive Covid strategy: After an outbreak of the Delta variant in Nanjing, the city tested over 9 million people to stamp out the spread. Intercity and international flights and trains may also be temporarily suspended when a new outbreak appears. 

Covid-19 vaccinations are administered to foreigners in Shanghai.

Though the global situation is different in every region, we at China Admissions recommend you closely follow safety procedures to increase your chances of being able to travel safely. Wearing a mask, washing your hands, and taking the vaccine will all help protect you from Covid! 

Applying for Intake 2022

Chinese universities are open to applicants from international students this application season. Learn more about applying to the 2022 intake here!

Undeniably, there is a certain degree of risk planning to attend university internationally during these times. However, it’s better to apply now and withdraw later than to miss the deadline and opportunity completely. 

China Admissions can help you prepare an application, communicate with the university, and update you on the latest China news. 

If you are interested in beginning a program at a Chinese university in 2022, we recommend that you begin the application process as early as possible. 

There are 3 main reasons:

  1. Chinese universities open their application portals at different times. Know your program’s due dates, don’t get left behind.
  2. Admissions are first-come, first-serve. Early applicants have an advantage over last-minute submissions, and some universities offer early-bird discounts. 
  3. Time to prepare your documents. Chinese university applications require documents that might be difficult and time-consuming to get in your region.

Learn more about why you should apply early. 

Online courses

By this point, Chinese universities have adapted to the fact that some of their students live outside of China. They are providing more services and opportunities for international students online!

Though you may not be able to go to China right away, there is no need to pause your learning. 

We have many exciting online courses available for students all around the world:

If you are enrolled at a degree program in a Chinese university, it is up to the university to organize and schedule your online classes. They will vary depending on the university. 

Safety Procedures During Covid

To protect yourself and your family from contracting COVID-19, there are simple precautions that you can follow.

  1. Get vaccinated, if you are able! Showing proof of vaccination may help you travel more easily, in addition to training your immune system to fight the Covid-19 virus. Note: consult a doctor before getting vaccinated if you have concerns or underlying health issues.
  2. When you leave your home, always wear a mask. Covid is spread via airborne droplets. Make sure to wear your masks properly by tightening up the nose clip and pulling the bottom part of the mask so that your nose and mouth are covered. Replace your mask with a new one every day.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. 
  4. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure to wash your hands with gentle soap in running water for at least 15 seconds.
  5. Boost your immune system by eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough rest. One of the best ways to prevent contracting Covid-19 is to make sure that you are healthy. 
  6. Avoid sharing meals during this time. In China, it is customary to prepare meals and allow everyone on the table to use their personal chopsticks or utensils to get food from the common dish or serving bowl. It’s best to avoid this in the meantime. 
  7. Avoid going to public and crowded spaces. More people in a shared space means lesser airflow and a higher probability of viral transmission. 
  8. Maintain distance from people who have flu-like symptoms. 
  9. Don’t shake hands or hug people.
  10. Disinfect your home as needed
  11. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect having symptoms of COVID. If you’re sick with flu-like symptoms do not panic. Wear a mask at all times, list any symptoms of fever or respiratory infection and visit the nearest hospital to get yourself checked. 
People seen wearing masks in public.
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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