Planning to study abroad in China is easier than you may think. Becoming more and more popular over the last years due to its great educational facilities, the renowned science and technology degrees and for the fact that it covers around 30 top ranked higher educational institutions, China is also fascinating for international students in terms of culture and customs.
If you decided to study here, read below the easy steps for applying to a Chinese university.
Useful tips before you apply
- Dont decide in a hurry on which study degree you should enrol. You can find many interesting and quite unique degrees but you should carefully read all the information. Bachelors and Masters degree courses in China
- See if your qualifications match those required by the university.
- Admission is based on high scores of your previous graduated school.
- China has set a limit regarding students age when applying: most universities dont accept students over 30 for a Bachelors degree and over 40 for a Masters degree and a PhD.
- Apply to more than two higher educational institutions and you will improve your chances on being admitted.
- Check out the scholarship opportunities in China.
How to apply
Regarding application process, Chinese universities allow international students to choose one of the following options:
1. For many, the easiest and the most convenient way is to apply online, directly at the website of your chosen university.
2. Apply through CUCAS an online self-application platform that allows you to apply for any Chinese university. Basically it is an intermediator between you and the university.
3. Apply through CUAC (China University Application Centre) you can apply for a Chinese university, but this website is also online advisor and professional guide, helping you get the right decision regarding your study choice in China.
4. Appoint friends in the university to submit application
You can submit your applications with the help of your friends who are studying in the same university. They can easily get complete information regarding all necessary documents and qualifications and you can send required documents to them and they will submit the application for you.
Language requirements for Chinese university application
Students who want to apply for an English-instructed degree, should hold a TOEFL or IELTS certificate or pass a language exam within the university.
For a Chinese-taught programme, HSK test is accepted as follows:
Old HSK3 (or new HSK4) or above for application in science, engineering and medical science degrees.
Old HSK6 (or new HSK5) or above for the rest of the degrees (such as liberal arts, economics, management and more).
Required application documents
- Passport photo
- Photocopy of valid passport
- Photocopy of valid visa
- Personal ID card
- Health certificate
- Certification of no criminal record
- Chinese/English language proficiency certificate
- Letter of guarantee (parent or legal guardian of student signs a declaration by which he/she assumes responsibility for the student to abide rules and regulations of China and of the university)
- Proof that you can support your studies in China
- Certificate/diploma from last graduated school
- Academic transcript from last graduated school
More documents may be required, depending on each schools request.
The academic year in China usually has two semesters, spring semester and autumn semester, except for a few higher educational institutions who implemented a three-semester system. It is best to figure out every universitys specific application deadline for each semester, but these are the general recommendations:
- For spring semester: submit the application form September to October
- For autumn Semester: submit the application from March to April
After you receive the acceptance letter
Usually, you will have only around a month before the beginning of the academic year to make all travel arrangements, but the most urgent one is the visa, so apply for the Chinese student visa as soon as possible. Check with the Chinese embassy/consulate in your area for details.
Within 30 days of your arrival in China, you will have to obtain a residence permit from a local public security office or police station.
Arrange a health insurance plan; this has to cover accidental injury medical treatment and hospitalisation medical treatment at least around 62,000 USD. You can get your insurance from your home country or purchase a health insurance card once you arrived in China.