With a large number of technological advancements taking place in China, we don’t blame you for wanting to head there to study. But don’t forget to read up on our university recommendations before you go there
China, the 4th largest country, is home to approximately 2500 universities. It also boasts of interesting food, remarkable infrastructure and unique languages. Studying in China may seem like a bizarre idea, but it’s fairly close to India and has great universities. Most of the best Chinese universities are situated in Beijing and Shanghai, which also have several tourist attractions, making them entertaining places to be in. With rapidly developing technology and infrastructure, China is also greatly investing in its education, initiating many projects and scholarships to encourage international students to study there. When applying for universities in China, you can use the CUCAS (China’s University and College Admission System) online website to help or simply visit the university website and apply directly.
Peking University – Beijing
Located in Beijing, Peking University is known to be the oldest and the best university. Being ranked the 7th best in Asia, and the 57th best in the world, it is also a member of the C9 League with more than two thousand international students. It has partnerships with Cornell University, Stanford University, and Yale University, where some teachers from those universities teach at Peking University. Peking University is a centre for research and teaching, especially in scientific fields.
Tsinghua University – Beijing
Also situated in Beijing, Tsinghua University is ranked 11th in Asia and 47th in the world. Like Peking University, it is another member of the C9 league, and its MBA program is ranked 2nd in the world. China’s last two presidents studied in Tsinghua University, making it renowned throughout Asia. With approximately 26,000 students, Tsinghua has become a significant institution for research and engineering.
Fudan University – Shanghai
Fudan University has 4 campuses all based in Shanghai. Ranked 16th in Asia and 71st in the world, Fudan is another member of the elite C9 league. It has a student body of more than 32,000 and is one of the first universities in China to admit international students. It offers many programs for international students and has a separate website to help with visa applications and lodgings. Fudan has a diverse range of courses but its best courses are for Modern Languages and Politics. It is also affiliated with 11 hospitals, which can serve as outlets for work experiences and potential job opportunities after your course is over.
Once you have been offered a spot at a Chinese university, you will need to go to the Chinese Embassy and apply for a visa. The type of visa you need will depend on the duration of your stay. Staying for more than 6 months requires a student study visa, also known as x-visa. If you do not get receive your admission confirmation in time, then you can apply for a tourist visa and then convert it to a study visa later.
China is an expensive place to live in especially if you are living in Shanghai, China’s finance centre, or Beijing, the capital. However, tuition fees are relatively lower compared to the UK or US, making it a more viable option. Public transport is quite cheap throughout China and accommodation costs are fairly reasonable ranging from US$ 300 to $400.
Language & Communication
China has a plethora of languages and dialects, but the main language spoken throughout China is Mandarin. Universities in China have many courses taught in English and most of the Chinese population can speak English, dismissing language barrier as a problem. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to learn the basics of the language to help navigate around the city. Most universities offer courses for international students to learn Mandarin. Some courses are taught in Mandarin itself and if you wish to take up those courses you will need to hand inadequate HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) results, which are Chinese proficiency tests of sorts. You may be required to provide TOEFL or IELTS results to prove your proficiency in English.
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