The People’s Republic of China Overview
China has loads of top-flight institutions with a teaching style that demands great amounts of memorization and recitation. Universities in China have a good reputation, and over time, they are beginning to top the chart in any national and global ranking. China is ranked #22 among countries with the best educational systems in the world.
If you study in China, you will be able to view things from the Chinese perspective. Also, China is a country of innovation, so you will be imbued with the spirit of innovation when you study in China.
What are the top ten (10) best global universities in China?
According to US News and Report, here are the ten (10) best global universities in China:
- Tsinghua University
- Peking University
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- University of Science and Technology of China
- Zhejiang University
- Nanjing University
- Fudan University
- Sun Yat-sen University
- University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Huazhong University of Science and Technology
What is the cost of studying in China?
Tuition fees will vary depending on the course and university. Tuition can range from 23,230 yuan (£2,670) per year to 92,927 yuan (£10,686) in total Or even more, like I said, schools and programs of choice will determine your tuition.
What are the General Admission Requirements for universities in China
- You are required to show your proof of English via your TOEFL or IELTS Score. This is necessary for programs taught in English. Meanwhile, for programs taught in Chinese, HSK tests are accepted as follows:
- HSK elementary – for Science, Engineering and Medicine degrees.
- HSK intermediate – for the rest of the degrees (such as Liberal Arts, Economics, Management and more).
- You are required to acquire your visa which costs about $130 USD for Americans and $30 for citizens of other countries. You are to pay via any of the following methods:
- Money order
- Cashier’s check or
- Company check made payable to the Chinese Embassy.
- You are required to have the following documents:
- If you have Mandarin Chinese skills, you will be placed as an executive in a reputable organisation in China.
- China is one of the countries with an affordable tuition for education. There are also scholarships for both residents and non-residents from the government, universities, foundations and corporations to support students from different academic disciplines.
- The Cost of Living in China is inexpensive.
- You will be able to network and connect with new people from different backgrounds, and also learn how to interact with them
- China is a safe and sound country. There is little or no crime there regardless of how extremely active the country is.
- You will always get help and support from the people in china. They are amiable.
- Passport photo
- Personal ID card
- Photocopy of valid passport
- Photocopy of valid visa
- You are required to submit your transcripts.
- You are required to submit your health records.
- You are required to submit recommendation letters.
- You are required to submit a letter of guarantee. This letter should be from either your parent or legal guardian. Either of them is to sign a declaration confirming your responsibility and agreement to abide by the rules and regulations of China and of the university.
- There is a required age for study in China. Most schools in China will only accept you for a Bachelor’s degree if you are not over 30, and also for a Master’s degree/ PhD, you will only be accepted if you are not over 40.
- You are required to prove that you have no criminal record. The non-criminal certificate should be notarized and certified by the Chinese Embassy.
- You must be in a good financial state and have a guarantor in China.
- You are required to write an entry exam to any university in china. Test subjects are decided by each individual school.
Kindly note the following:
- Some universities in China will have special review classes with you before the test to enable you to be well prepared.
- Humanities students will be tested in mathematics.
- Science and engineering students will be tested in chemistry and biology.
How to apply?
You can apply via any of the following ways:
- You can apply online.
- You can apply directly on the website of your choice university.
- You can apply through China’s University and College Admission System (CUCAS). This is an online self-application platform that acts as an intermediary between you and the university you want to apply to. You can apply for any university of your choice via this platform.
What is China’s education system like?
|Primary||Primary School||1–6||6–12||6||Primary education lasts six years. It is intended for children aged 6-12.|
|Secondary||Junior (Lower) Secondary School||7–9||12–15||3||Also known as Chun Zhong (初中）in China.|
|Secondary||Senior (Upper) Secondary School||10–12||15–18||3||After completing junior (lower) middle school, students can choose to enter either general (academic) senior secondary school or vocational senior secondary school. Vocational senior secondary programs last 3 or 4 years. Senior secondary school is known as (Gao Zhong 高中）and vocational senior secondary school is known as (Zhongshan 中专) in China.|
|Post-secondary||Short Cycle (Zhuanke)||13–14||18–20||2–3|
|Tertiary||Bachelor’s Degrees||13–16||18–22||4||It is awarded upon completion of programs requiring 4 to 5 years of study, depending on the field of study. Also know as (xueshi xuewei 学士学位) in China.|
|Tertiary||Master’s Degrees||17–18||22–24||2–3||Upon completion of programs requiring 2 to 3 years of education, they are awarded, depending on the major field of study. Candidates may not be older than 35 years of age. Also known as (shuoshi xuewei 硕士学位) in China.|
|Tertiary||Doctoral Degrees||19–21||24–27||3||The completion of a master’s degree is required for admission to a doctoral program. Doctoral programs take 3 to 5 years to complete. It is also possible to take a combined master’s/doctoral program in which students are directly admitted to the doctoral programs upon completing the master’s program. Students are not awarded a master’s degree in the combined program and are awarded a doctoral degree at the end of the program. This type of combined program is known as (shuobo liandu 硕博连读) in China.|
Table Source: Scholar Pro
What is China’s academic year like?
The academic year is divided into February to mid-July (six weeks summer vacation) and September to mid/late-January (four weeks winter vacation).
If you study in China, you are required to go to classes five days a week. You are likely to spend over eight hours in school if you are a primary school student and over fourteen hours in school if you are a secondary school student.
In China, most schools usually start from about 7:30 am to about 6 pm. Break time usually lasts for two hours. Some schools run self-study classes from 7 pm-9 pm. This enables you to finish your homework and prepare for any test.
Why study in The People’s Republic of China?
- China has a rich political, cultural and economic history. It is the world’s fastest growing economy. It is a country of innovation. When you study in China, you will be imbued with the spirit of innovation.
- China is an interesting country with fascinating activities, beautiful architecture, and unique and attractive culture. You will be pleased to adapt to new cultures and environments.
- China’s education system will spur you to thrive in the future.
- When you study in China, you will be able to view things from a Chinese perspective thereby combining the knowledge you have about China with that of your country. This automatically gives you an edge over others when you eventually return to your country.
- Chineses government has over time adjusted the visa policy for foreign nationals. Hence, as an international student, you can work part-time or take on internships outside the campus after obtaining approval from your academic institution and the entry and exit administrative authorities.
- You will gain first-hand experience in a rising world power and have insight about the Chinese market which will also give you an edge in any job interview.
. There are many employment opportunities in fields like travel, news media, academics, diplomatic work, financial, trade, banking, etc. Hence, you can’t graduate and be jobless.
Kindly note this:
- CUCAS is also an online advisor and professional guide that can aid you when making decisions about studying in China.
- Your friends who are studying in the university you are applying to can help you submit your application. Ensure you provide them with the complete documents before they submit your application for you.