Overview


Number of International Students

In 2018, a total of 492,185 foreign students from 196 countries and regions are studying in 1004 universities, research institutes and other teaching institutions in China.

ContinentYear 2013Year 2014Year 2015Year 2016Year 2017Year 2018
Asia219 960225 490240 154264 976293 222295 043
Europe61 67467 47566 74571 31975 06473 618
Africa33 51141 67749 79261 59474 24481 562
America36 72036 14034 93438 07739 20335 733
Oceania 4 6346 2726 0096 8077 4396 229
Total356 499377 054397 635442 773489 172492 185

Notes: The latest number from 2019 to 2020 are not yet released caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Why Study in China

Language Advantage

The Chinese language is spoken by the largest number of people in the world, more and more foreigners are learning Chinese in order to understand Chinese culture and civilization, or trade with China. It’s very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in many areas.

Employment Advantage

China has been the world’s fastest growing country for the past 30 years and now it’s the 2nd super power in the world. China is the second largest foreign investor in the world and there are 135 Chinese enterprises in the world’s top 500 enterprises. —— Ranking 2021 by the “Fortune”.

Affordable

Studying and living in China is cheaper than studying and living in European countries, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and many other countries. In China, the tuition fees per year are generally no more than 3000 U.S. dollars. The living expense per month is no more than 500 U.S. dollar.


Chinese Government Scholarship


In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in politics, economy, culture, education, and trade between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and research in Chinese universities.

Academic programs of Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Economics, Law, Management, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy and Arts in 252 designated Chinese universities are available to scholarship winners.

In 2018, 63041 people from 182 countries received scholarships from the Chinese government, accounting for 12.81% of the total number.

Notes: The latest number from 2019 to 2020 are not yet released caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Chinese Government Scholarship Programs

1. Bilateral Program

This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities and international organizations. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.

Applicants shall apply to the dispatching authorities for overseas study in their home countries.

2. Chinese University Program

A full scholarship to support Chinese universities in specific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding international students for graduate studies in China. It only supports master’s programs and doctoral programs.

Applicants shall apply to the designated Chinese universities undertaking this program.

3. Great Wall Program

A full scholarship for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to sponsor students and scholars in developing countries to study and research in China. It only supports general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.

Applicants shall apply to the National Commissions for UNESCO in their home countries.

4. EU Program

A full scholarship to encourage students from EU member countries to study and research in China in order to promote mutual understanding between China and EU members. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.

Applicants shall apply to the Office for Education and Culture, Mission of P. R. China to the European Union.

5. AUN Program

A full scholarship for ASEAN University Network (AUN) to enhance the academic exchange and mutual understanding between China and ASEAN members. It only supports master’s programs and doctoral programs.

Applicants shall apply to AUN Secretariat.

6.PIF Program

A full scholarship to encourage students from Pacific island countries to study in China. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.

Applicants shall apply to Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat.

7.WMO Program

A partial scholarship (including a tuition fee waiver, free on-campus accommodation and Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme) to sponsor international students to study and research in meteorology, hydrology, and water resources supervision and management in China. It only supports undergraduate programs and graduate programs.

Applicants shall apply to World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Coverage Of Chinese Government Scholarships

Full Scholarship

● A fee waiver of registration, tuition, laboratory experiments, internship.

Cost of experiments or internships beyond the program curricular is at student’s own expense.

Cost of books or learning materials  is at student’s own  expense.

● Free on-campus dormitory accommodation.

● A living allowance at the following rates (per month):

Undergraduates: CNY 2,500;

Master’s students & general scholars: CNY 3,000;

Doctoral students & senior scholars: CNY 3,500.

● Outpatient medical service and Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme.

Partial Scholarship

● One or some items of the full scholarship.


Requirement for Studying in China


Application and admission requirements & Required HSK level

  • Short-term student 

Secondary High school graduate or the equivalent (e.g. A-level, successful completion of Year 12, etc).

HSK level: No Requirement

  • Language student 

Secondary High school graduate or the equivalent (e.g. A-level, successful completion of Year 12, etc).

HSK level: No Requirement

  • Undergraduate or associate student

Secondary High school graduate or the equivalent (e.g. A-level, successful completion of Year 12, etc).

HSK level: 4-6 (for Chinese-medium programs)

  • Master’s degree student 

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree, at least two letters of recommendation from professors.

HSK level: Above 5 (for Chinese-medium programs)

  • Doctoral student 

Possession of a Master’s degree, at least two recommendations from professors.

HSK level: Above 5 (for Chinese-medium programs)

  • Transfer Student

Student who is studying at another Chinese university should provide a sealed transfer letter from the Foreign Students’ Office of current university; and meet other requirements according to degree level.

HSK level: Depending


What is HSK

HSK stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi,  translated as Chinese Proficiency Test. HSK is China’s only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese.

The test is administered by Hanban, a non-government organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The HSK test approximates the English TOEFL, and an HSK certificate is valid without any limitation in China. The test aims to be a certificate of language proficiency for higher educational and professional purposes.

Based on the test’s original format, a rank of between 3 and 8 was needed to enroll in a Chinese university, depending on the subject being studied. A score of 9 or higher was a common business standard.