Reason to Study in China
China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students because of its long history and exciting culture. In 2012, more than 320,000 students from over 180 countries came to China to study for either degree or non-degree programs.
Around 600 colleges and universities are accredited to admit international students.
Travel and Exploration
Studying in China is an excellent opportunity to explore the world’s most populous country. Following rapid economic development over the last 30 years, Chinese cities now boast eye-catching works of modern architecture – from the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai to Beijing’s Olympic Bird’s Nest – in addition to impressive ancient structures like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. China’s 5000 years of history has bequeathed a seemingly endless amount of tourist attractions to visit, while natural wonders of breathtaking beauty are also scattered about the country. Perhaps less well known, but equally unmissable for international students, is China’s unique nightlife made up of private karaoke rooms and extravagant mega-clubs.
When it comes to economics, China has been the world’s fastest growing country for the past 30 years. China’s GDP recently surpassed Japan’s to become the world’s second largest economy after the United States. The world’s top 500 companies all do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world’s next generation of leaders.
Quality of Education and International Recognition
The academic qualifications awarded by Chinese universities are recognised by most developed countries. The Chinese government has signed an agreement on mutual recognition of academic qualifications with a number of countries including the United States, Britain, France, Japan and 65 other countries and regions.
Average Tuition Fees in China
Studying and living in China is cheaper than studying and living in European countries, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and many other countries.
For example, for non-EU citizens the tuition fee for studying at a UK university is at least 7000 pounds (about 10,000 U.S. dollars) annually. The cost of living can even reach up to 13,000 pounds. Meanwhile, the United States and Australia have the world’s most expensive tuition fees.
On the other hand, in China, the tuition fees per semester are generally no more than 1000 U.S. dollars, a number of short-term language courses cost just a few hundred dollars. Food and consumption in China are as affordable as it gets.
Cost of Living
Although prices in China are rising, the cost of living is relatively low. You can live fairly comfortably on US$15 a day.
Typical costs in China (GBP, March 2015)
- Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: £192 – £343 per month
- Meal, inexpensive restaurant: £2.17
- Meal at McDonalds: £3.03
- Cappuccino: £2.87
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): £0.35
- Water (0.33 litre bottle): £0.21
- Loaf of bread: £1.01
- Cigarettes: £1.62
- One-way ticket local transport: £0.22
- Cinema ticket: £6.50
Health & Safety
International students are required to buy both medical insurance and personal accidental death and injury insurance, which can be obtained either in their own country or in China after arrival.
- Insurance: about £60 (US$100) a year.
- Medical examination fee (if not already taken in the student’s home country): the cost of a medical examination in China depends on each city’s local health and epidemic prevention department. In Beijing the cost is around US$100.
- The Chinese government passed amendments in April 2010, revising laws on border health quarantine and on the control of entry and exit of aliens. Foreigners have to state their HIV status when seeking a Chinese visa.
- Private gun ownership is banned in China and the violent crime rate is relatively low, making the country a generally safe place to study. That said, foreigners are natural targets for pickpockets and thieves, but students shouldn’t have any problems as long as you keep your wits about you.
- Air pollution is becoming a serious problem in many Chinese cities due to increasing industrialism. People with respiratory conditions should seek advice from their doctor before travel.
- The closing date for applications is usually in April or May of the year of entry. The majority of universities only have an autumn entry, starting in September.