STUDY IN CHINA

According to the recent statistics, there are 2542 universities in China and 377,054 international students from 203 countries are currently studying different programs in 775 Chinese universities. Last year, nearly 500 universities provided international students with different types of scholarships. And this year, more Chinese universities are qualified to recruit international students and they offer very preferential policies for those who want to study in China.

Most Chinese universities are qualified to teach courses at different levels including non-degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctor’s degree.

Furthermore, some Chinese universities are popular in Europe and America according to international students' choices. For example, Zhejiang University, Sun Yat-sen University, Shanghai University, Wuhan University, Sichuan University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Northwest University. They are always the best choices owning to their increasing recruitment of international students and diversified scholarships.

OK, SO WHY CHINA?

Lots of reasons, but most importantly because:

1.Chinese universities have a growing reputation

Whether you intend to secure a graduate job or continue studying at postgraduate level, the reputation of your university is important for your future prospects.

Chinese universities are increasingly well respected; the number included in major global university rankings has risen significantly over the past five years, particularly compared with the UK, which has fallen in many rankings.

In 2011, there were only six Chinese universities in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, whereas in 2015-2016 there were 37, more than either Canada or Australia.

2. It could be great for your career

Knowledge and experience of China is an increasingly valuable asset in many industries.

As the fourth most popular destination for international travel, with nearly 12 million business trips to China in 2015, the country is growing in economic and cultural significance.

Experience of China and Chinese, which is the third most popular language to learn in the world, could give you a great career boost.

“[The experience] allows you to be an open-minded person, ready to adapt and be flexible, which at the end of the day is what every employer is looking for. Studying in China gives you experience about how things work in this part of the world and helps you to become more independent.”

Is education in China good for international students?

1. The government is investing heavily in international students

Scholarships

Financial support is an important factor in the decision to study abroad and the Chinese government is offering a wide range of funding opportunities to attract international students, including more than 40,000 scholarships at 277 institutions.

In 2015, 40 per cent of all international students new to China received government sponsorship. The number of scholarships available has increased fivefold since 2006.

Tertiary Studies

Innovation is a critical component of national power. It propels countries to develop new products or methods of production that drive economic progress and enable states to tackle transnational challenges, such as climate change and global health crises. The ability of a country to cultivate its capacity for innovation rests with its domestic education system. A well-educated workforce is instrumental to technological and scientific discovery, which can propel states to the apex of the increasingly innovation-based global economy. This need is particularly salient for China as its leaders seek to push the Chinese economy up the global value chain.

2. You’ll be joining a growing trend

China is an increasingly popular destination for students from around the world, with the number of international students in China doubling in the past 10 years. This number has been growing by an average of 10 per cent a year for the past 10 years, a far quicker growth rate than any other popular study-abroad destination. Today, there are 13 cities across China with more than 10,000 international students, with seven cities having more than 20,000 students. Popular cities as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Harbin, Tianjing, Zhejiang, Nanjing, etc, …

Choosing to study in China is a smart move for anyone looking to try something slightly out of the ordinary, while knowing that you’ll be in good company.

3. English Taught Program in China

English taught program in China has successfully attracted international students from all around the world. You don’t need to be fluent in Chinese language to study in bachelor or master degree program in China.

Living in China

The Chinese climate varies from region to region, since the country is so huge.

In the northeast, where Beijing sits, the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold.

The north and central regions, including Chengdu, have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters.

In the southeast there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters.

TYPES OF VISA & APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Tourist Visa (L)

Round-trip ticket booking record and proof of a hotel reservation, or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China with following information:
a. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
b. Information on the planned visit (dates of arrival and departure, places of visit, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)
c. Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

Business Visa (M)

Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain the same information as described above for tourist visa.

Noncommercial Visit Visa (F)

An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China, with details as described above for tourist visa.

Student Visa (X)

Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in PRC.

For X1 visa with an intended stay of more than 6 months, applicants should also provide:
Original and photocopy of “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

Work/ Employment Visa (Z)

One of the following work permits is required:
1. Foreigners Employment Permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC.
2. Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries (regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration.
3. Approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs.
4. Invitation Letter to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations issued by National Offshore Oil Corporation.

Private Visit Visa (S)

  1. An invitation letter from a foreigner who stays on a work Z or student X visa in China
    2. A photocopy of the inviting individual’s passport and residence permit
    3. Proof of kinship such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship (original and copy)For those who visit for private affairs other than family reunion, documentation identifying the nature of the private affair should be provided as required by the consular officer.

Family Reunion Visa (Q)

  1. Invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit.
  2. Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit

For Q1 visa only -  a proof of kinship such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship (original and copy)

Costs of living

As China has been investing greatly in education over the last years and due to numerous partnerships China has with universities from UK and U.S., it is no wonder the number of international students is on the rise. To make studying in China even more attractive, the student costs of living are significantly lower compared to many countries worldwide and except for a few universities, tuition fees are affordable.

On average, international students spend around 1,700 USD for accommodation fees and about 2,500 USD for other living costs (such as food, transportation, etc.) per year. So, that's a student monthly budget of at least 500 USD.

However, since China is a big country, you should know there can be significant differences regarding prices and living costs depending on each region.

Although Shanghai and Beijing are known worldwide as some of the most expensive cities to live in, you can find several affordable options for housing in these metropolitan cities. Rates are even lower in places like Tianjin, Jiangsu or Sichuan.

The most common housing options in China are:

  • Student residence halls – prices range between 150 and 400 USD/month.
  • Renting a flat – expect to pay between 300 and 1,000 USD/month for a one-bedroom apartment (depending on the city, the location of the apartment and the included facilities).
  • Homestay – between 350 and 550 USD/month.
  • Hostel – usually chosen by international students as a temporary option; rates start at 18 USD/night for a private room.

Living with a roommate whether in a student residence or in an apartment is the most common option among international students to save money.

  • All accommodation (mainly student residences and apartments) require a security deposit: 300 to 460 USD.
  • Utility bills: around 50 USD/month on water, gas, and electricity.

China to allow int’l students work part-time

The Chinese Ministry of Education has revealed plans to allow international students at Chinese universities nationwide to work part-time in a bid to make the country’s education system more attractive.

In a statement to China Daily, the Minister of Education said the government has been introducing a number of exploratory changes that would allow international students in many cities to take part-time jobs or internships off campus – as long as they obtain approval from their academic institutions and the administrative authorities.

But in 2016, Shanghai eased its policies to allow international students of Chinese universities to start businesses at the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone and Shanghai Free Trade Zone during their studies.

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