study in china guide for international students

Study in China – The Ultimate Guide for International Students

Why Study In China?

Are you interested in studying in China? There is no better time to study in the fastest growing economy in the world!

Get ahead of the rest and give your career a head start by building a greater understanding of China. Studying in China will be an adventure that you will never forget, and it will put you in good stead for China’s economic rise, while also providing yourself with sought-after transferable skills and cultural experience that will give you an edge in the job market. Check out our 8 reasons to study in China!

What Can You Study In China?

You don’t need to be fluent in Chinese to study in China! Universities in China offer thousands of high-quality English-taught programs for international students.

Whether you want to take a short-term Chinese language program or complete a formal degree in Economics, Business, Finance, Law, or Chinese, Chinese universities have available programs for every student. You can also study for one semester, one year, or take a master’s or PhD program.

China Admissions has a searchable list of over 3,700 top English-taught courses in China.  We also provide free consulting service to help you to choose programs, and to apply.

Some of the most popular programs in China include:




About Chinese Universities

With over 2,000 universities, and over 7 million Chinese students graduating from university each year, China has the largest network of universities and most graduates in the world.

According to the most recent statistics by the Ministry of Education, 492,185 international students from 196 countries and regions in the world studied in Chinese higher education institutions in 2018.

From the beautiful campus and cherry blossoms of Wuhan University, to studying at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in the bustling streets of Shanghai, and studying Chinese at the Central Academy of Drama in the old city of Beijing – you are sure to have a unique experience in China. For more information on Chinese Universities, click the university page here.

Cherry blossoms at Wuhan University in China’s central Hubei province.

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been regarded as the fastest developing university in the country for the last decade.

How Are Chinese Universities Ranked?

Chinese universities are ranked by five organizations, three are from China and two are international. ARWU, CUAA, and Wu Shulian Rankings are from China while QS World and Times Higher Education Rankings are international organizations.

Chinese universities are internationally recognized. China also produces one of the largest graduates every year with the majority excelling in different fields, especially in science and technology, engineering, medicine and information technology. More information on Chinese university rankings here.

Student Experiences In China

What is life like in China for international students?

Did you know that almost 500,000 foreign students are studying in China as of 2020? And this number is increasing by 10% each year. China is becoming one of the most popular study-abroad destinations in the world. In fact, it has overtaken the United Kingdom in international student population.

Currently, there are over 4000+ programs taught in English in China. More and more foreign students are also choosing to study in Chinese.

Living in China is a fascinating experience and can suit many different types of people. With China’s rapid economic growth, there are many opportunities for work or business.

Chinese people are generally very welcoming and friendly to foreigners. Students can learn Chinese, Kung Fu, table tennis, and visit the many tourist sites in China and the surrounding region.

You can also enjoy the many varieties and specialties of Chinese cuisine, from hotpot, to Xibei, Dimsum to dumplings and roast duck.  Studying in China makes for a rich life, and huge opportunities for personal growth.

Frederick Leclarcq from the UK studied the Master of Laws (LLM) Program at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), here is what he said about his experience.


“CUPL has an excellent reputation in the legal world. It is interesting and exciting studying law here in Beijing. Studying law in China is an excellent opportunity and I can’t think of any better place to do it than CUPL. My classes here are always interesting, students from different cultures and legal backgrounds discuss law in China with insightful and helpful professors.”

Read more student experience here.

How Much Does It Cost?

Chinese university tuition fees are lower compared to Western Universities. This is the reason why many international students are attracted to studying in China.

The cost of living is also fairly low compared to other countries. With a wide variety of accommodation options, there is something available to suit different budgets. Food is also affordable. Check out our cost of living breakdown.

You can also try our cost calculator here to find out how much it will cost based on your budget.

Funding And Scholarships

China offers a wide range available scholarships for international students. Students need to be sponsored by an institution in order to get a scholarship. The institution can be the Chinese embassy in your country or university. You can learn more about scholarships to study in China here.

How Can You Apply?

China Admissions is an online platform authorised by top Chinese Universities. You can find the information about the programs, choose courses and apply online. We also have a support team available to help answer your questions. You can apply in one form, in one place, and we will submit to your chosen university.

China Admissions online platform is free, fast and easy.

3-Step Application Process

  1. Choose a course.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Pay the application fee.

You can find more details about the application process here.

What Application Documents Do You Need?

The documents you need varies according to each university and the program and you can see on the application form when you apply on China Admissions. You can also see the full list here. For Chinese language programs you normally need the fewest documents, normally you need to submit your passport, highest and academic transcript and a personal statement.

For PhD you need to find a supervisor and you will need to write a proposal. You can find more information about the application documents here.

If you don’t have all the application documents ready, you can still apply, and then send the other documents later when you have it. The recommendation letter, for example, can take some time. We also have a recommendation letter tool which you can use.

Do You Need An English Language Certificate?

For native English speakers who want to study an English-taught program in China, a certificate is not necessary. Otherwise you need to provide a certificate to show your language level. You can use IELTs, TOEFL or the IET (International English Test) which you can take online here.

How To Get The Student X Visa

You can get the X visa after you have been accepted by the university. They will normally send you the acceptance letter by email first. Then, they will ask you to send an advance deposit towards your tuition fee.

After you have paid this they will then send you the acceptance letter and visa documents to your home country. You will get a form called a JW202 form. Take this form to the Chinese embassy in your home country. More information about the student visa is here.

If you have other questions such as about the entrance requirements for each university, you can find the information on our FAQs page here.

What’s next?

To proceed with studying in China, you can search programs and apply.

We also provide a free consulting service for students like you. Complete the form here, and we will get back to you with the information you need.

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