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Study in China

What more can we say about China that you don’t already know? It’s a cradle of culture, philosophy, and art, that changed the course of history with every invention and every dynasty; not to mention the great works of Sun Tzu and Confucius that are still quoted and used as life guide.

Knowing all this, why wouldn’t students wish to come here, especially to be close to the birthplace of the Zen school of Buddhism that encourages individuals to find inner peace and relaxation?

Thinking of the great atmosphere and culture, China seems like the ideal international destination for your studies.

Why study in China?

China made more innovations and invented more modern-day tools and utensils than all the world combined. Without Chinese makers, we would have been left without:

  • Printing
  • Compasses
  • Alcoholic drinks (or the process of fermentation, but that’s alcohol, basically)
  • Banknotes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Nail polishes
  • Revolving bookcases
  • Domesticated goldfish

Seeing how important knowledge is in the endeavour of creating new things, it comes as no surprise that the best universities and the best teachings went down from generation to generation in China, making it one of the best places to come and study your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree.

What to study in China

China covers all fields of education, but it can be hard to decide what to study and what are the most lucrative and popular degrees out there. So, because we’re super helpful and awesome, we made this nifty list of the most popular study options in China. They are:

Major cities in China

China is the fourth largest country in the world, so it can be difficult to decide on the city you’re better suited for.

Still, in fairness, nothing compares to the major cities in China, when it comes to universities and student nightlife. So, there’s no wonder pupils flock to study in Beijing in favour of the rest of the cities.

Which universities and colleges to attend in China

China has 44 ranked universities in the top 500. Seeing as it can be difficult to go through all of them and decide which is the best to attend, we tried to make it easier and select two of the most popular ones. They are:

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in China

Chinese universities receive a lot of applicants yearly, so there are a lot of auxiliary websites for students to ask for help and manage their applications. These websites are:

  • CUCAS – where you can apply by yourself online, and it’s an intermediator between you and the university;
  • CUAC (China University Application Centre) – where you can apply to a university, but also find awesome advisors and professional guides, that can help you with your studying decision.

You can also apply on your own, of course, directly at the university you’ve chosen. However, whichever way you decide to apply, the documents needed are the same, which are:

  • A passport photo;
  • A photocopy of your passport;
  • A photocopy of your visa;
  • Your ID;
  • Your health certificate;
  • Your criminal record (a clean one, hopefully);
  • A Chinese / English language proficiency certificate;
  • Letter of guarantee (parents or legal guardians sign a declaration by which they assume responsibility that you will abide by the rules and regulations of China and of the university);
  • Proof that you can support your studies in China;
  • Certificate / diploma from your last graduated school;
  • Academic transcripts from your last graduated school.
Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Chinese university

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in China, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Chinese, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

China has a lot of English Master’s programmes. Still, in order to apply to one of them, you will have to prove your proficiency through an English certificate. The ones accepted by Chinese universities are:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS

Living in China

What is it like to study in China?

From the student reviews on studying in China, a single phrase gets used over and over: great and innovative facilities.

Apparently, universities know how to take care of their students, making their lives easier and taking care of them, offering free access to materials and equipment.

Classes run from 8 to 12, and usually include presentations and debates, while students are encouraged to work in teams and mingle as much as possible, in order to assure a high level of cultural exchange.

Also, sport and extracurricular activities play a huge role in a student’s life, so be prepared to spend a lot of free time on campus, without regretting it.

Tuition fees in China

Before we get to the tuition fees, we should mention the application fees: unlike some countries, China charges students for submitted applications, and that can be between 75 to 170 EUR, depending on the university’s ranking.

Still, when it comes to tuition fees, China is on the cheaper side, with tuition fees usually averaging between 2.800 and 8.400 EUR / year.

Of course, there are other ways of covering your tuition fee, and that’s by checking all the scholarships for Master’s degrees in China.

Accommodation, housing, food and other expenses

China isn’t that expensive living costs-wise. Indeed, even if the plane ticket to get you there might make you eat instant noodles for a month, once you’re there, life will be comfortable, even on a student’s budget. The minimum you have to prepare is 550 EUR/month. 

  • Some of the prices in China are:
  • For a loaf of bread, 1.2 EUR;
  • For a meal in restaurant, 2.5 EUR;
  • For a coffee, 3.5 EUR;
  • For a one-way transportation ticket, 0.25 EUR;
  • For rent in a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre, 450 EUR.

About China

China is located at the east coast of the largest continent (Eurasia) as well as the western margin of the largest ocean (Pacific). It has a land area of about 9.6 million square km, occupying 6.5 percent of the total land area of the world. Its population of more than 1.3 billion accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world population.

Facts about China

Before you go study in China, we should first debunk the most famous, yet inaccurate, notion about it, and that’s: if you dig a big enough hole, you will exist through the desert the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote are chasing through. Well, no… you’ll probably exit in Argentina or Chile. Awesome, right?

Now, speaking of cartoon moments, you should also know that, in ancient China, soldiers used mannequins to lure enemies to shoot arrows at, and then used the mannequins to get a free supply of arrows. If you can picture a Chinese soldier holding a helmet on top of a stick and waving it around, you are allowed to laugh hysterically with me before we move on.

Now, let’s cover some interesting facts about the education in China. For instance:

  • Female students in China outperform men to such an extent that some universities have introduced a male quota;
  • Students can get 7 years in jail for cheating on exams;
  • The oldest piece of paper in the world was found in China and dates back to the second or first century B.C. Paper was so durable, it was sometimes used for clothing and even light body armour. Remember to bring a really strong and durable backpack, ok?
  • Pencils are yellow, because, in the 1890’s, the world’s best pencil graphite came from China. Here, the colour yellow is associated with royalty, so American pencil manufacturers started painting their pencils yellow, in order to indicate they contained high-quality Chinese graphite.
  • In 2015, a Chinese woman who was missing for a decade and presumed dead was found living in an internet café, after playing games for 10 years. I know this isn’t necessarily a student fact, but come on: you kind of see the parallel here, right?

Also, some of the things you could say that happen only in China, not related to education, but that you should definitively know, are:

  • The sun can rise as late as ten in the morning, because China, even though it’s a mammoth of a country, joined its five time zones;
  • Also in China, it's illegal to use a wordplay or a pun in advertising or on television. Doesn’t that make you Tso sad?
  • If you don’t believe in the butterfly effect, then this one is going to blow your mind: the air pollution in China increases or decreases the snowfall in California;
  • Ending on a happier note: toilet paper was invented in the 1300s, in China. It was exclusively for the Emperor, so the term “sitting on the throne” makes so much sense, right now…

Universities, colleges and schools in China

Kunshan

Shenzhen

Taiyuan

Tianjin

Xi’an

Xiamen

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How to Apply to a Master's in China

If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in China, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.

What documents do I need to provide to apply in China?

To apply to a university in China you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:

  • birth certificate;
  • recent photos;
  • your passport or national identity card;
  • one or more reference letters from past employers or teachers;
  • copies of past diplomas or certificates, including your graduated Bachelor's degree;
  • academic transcripts;
  • letter of intent;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Some form of proof that you can support your stay in the country during your studies.

Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.

The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in China so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.

Prove your English skills

Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.

Application deadlines for China

The deadlines for applying to a Master's in China are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.

To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.

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