Why Study in China ?
A long history of education and a vibrant culture make China a hot study abroad destination for students. International students from all over the world are warmly welcomed to study in China. On an average, over 300,000 students from about 180 countries pursue higher education in China every year. Chinese universities offer numerous programs for international students. While the non-degree programs teaching Chinese language and culture have been traditionally popular, international students are now opening up to the possibility of earning Chinese degrees. However, since most degree programs are taught in Chinese, a certain degree of language proficiency is necessary even as an increasing number of English-taught degree programs are now becoming available. Therefore, one can make a choice according to individual preference.
Top Universities in China
The QS World University Rankings® 2013/2014 include 25 Chinese institutions such as the globally renowned Peking University; Tsinghua University; Fudan University; Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Zhejiang University; University of Science and Technology of China; Nanjing University, and Xi'an Jiao Tong University.
Peking University was the first formal national and modern Chinese institution. It was christened as the Imperial capital University in 1898, replacing Guozijian, which was the oldest and most prominent Chinese education system.
In 2014, Peking University was ranked as one of the top Asian Universities for Life Sciences and Medicine. It was ranked 37 in the world for biological sciences, 38th for pharmacy and 48th for psychology in Subject Rankings.
Emerging Sectors in China
China is putting forth great efforts to become the most sustainable and technology oriented economy. From the time of the new millennium, Chinese government has focussed on seven key emerging sectors to realise its strategic economical goals:
2. Environmental and energy technologies
3. The Top class of Information Technology
4. Manufacture of advanced equipments
5. Research new energy sources
6. Energy vehicles
7. New materials
Chinese government is aiming for growth in these sectors by incorporating new goals and providing the necessary impetus. These sectors are estimated to contribute approximately 8% till 2015, subsequently rising to about 15% by the year 2020 towards the Gross Domestic Product.
China faces an acute shortage of skilled workers in the areas of finance, IT and green fields. Mr. Simon Lance, Regional Director, China, in a leading recruiting company says, "We are operating in 31 countries, and these are the skills that our global clients are constantly demanding. Anyone looking to find a place in the global economy needs to focus and develop these skill sets." Being a world leader in economic and technological spheres, China offers a plethora of lucrative opportunities.
Due to China's phenomenal economic growth, the work opportunities for foreigners have increased considerably in the last few years. In 1996, there were 180,000 foreign workers registered in China and the number is rapidly growing.
Teaching English is one of the most popular job areas for foreigners in China. In recent years, a growing demand for foreign experts in sales, engineering and management has been witnessed.
Education Cost for Studying in China
While considering China as a study abroad destination, it is important to be aware of the cost of tuition and living expenses. Although China faces rapid price rise, the cost of living and studying in China is relatively low in comparison to other developed countries like the US or the UK.
Tuition Fee (CNY ¥)
The estimated average tuition fee ranges from USD 3300 (around 20,000 RMB) to USD 9900 (around 60,000 RMB) per year.
Accommodation (CNY ¥)
Applications for accommodation should be made to the universities before reaching China.
There are many kinds of dormitories in the universities, and the prices differ from each other due to the furniture and facilities.
Students can live off-campus with the permission of the university, but should register at the local public security office within 24 hours upon arrival.
Accommodation in Beijing is roughly RMB 2000-3000 yuan per month
Renting a flat would roughly cost between 2000¥ to 4000¥.
Scholarships to Study in China
The Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities. China Scholarship Council, entrusted by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China is responsible for the enrollment and administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs.
279 Chinese universities designated by MoE to enroll international students offer academic programs in a large variety of subjects ranging from Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Law, Economics, Management and Education to Liberal Arts, Philosophy, History, and Fine Arts for scholarship winners at all levels.
In order to understand the scholarship process for Chinese universities including the details of available scholarships, application procedure, deadlines and selection criteria, we advise you to schedule an appointment with The Chopras Global Education Offices at the earliest
Admission Process for Study in China
There are two types of universities in China:
- Comprehensive universities
- Professional universities
Comprehensive universities have a wide range of disciplines, with tremendous strength in scientific research.
Professional universities are generally proficient in specific disciplines and the programmes have a core academic focus,
Degree programs begin in September at most Chinese universities. A small number of programs admit students in February or March.
To learn about the admission process for Chinese Universities and to gain the most in-depth understanding about the opportunities for studying in China, students should register with The Chopras. After registration, students will be guided about the various requirements of admission such as standardized tests, entry requirements and documents to be submitted along with the application
Student Visa for China from India
Along with the application form, students must submit various documents:
- Certificate or original copies of high school education.
- Official copies of certificates of the courses undertaken and evidence of grades awarded. These need to be officially attested by the authorities.
- HSK certificate as evidence of Chinese language proficiency. The applicants whose native language is not English also need to take the language proficiency test and qualify with the required score.
- If applying for an MBA program, the scorecard of GMAT or GRE is essential.
- Two recommendations from professors and/or scholars with their address and phone numbers.
- Resume including personal details such as interests, hobbies, attributes, future goals and academic aspirations.
- Solvency certificate from the bank
- 3 recent passport size photographs.
- Copy of valid passport.
- Application fees certificate.
Exams for Studying in China
In accordance with different levels of degree, Chinese universities have different requirements that need to be reviewed carefully before application.
Usually, the non-degree language and culture programs have minimum requirements such as a high school diploma.
Chinese-medium degree programs (i.e. degree programs taught in Mandarin) require the applicant to provide HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) results to prove their Chinese language proficiency.
The usual requirement is a band of 4-6 for undergraduate programmes and a band of 5-8 for post-graduate programs. These requirements may differ depending on the course and/or institution.