Study on Cheap Tuition in Asia: Study in China, Cost of Living,Admission and Student Visa Requirements

You probably didn’t know the number of colleges and universities in China has doubled in the last decade to around 2,409. China’s current five-year plan, places primary focus on many development priorities that will  appeal to international students who graduate from China. Also several Chinese universities are advancing superior technologies that increase competitiveness with the West.

Key initiatives include Project 211, which aims to bring 100 Chinese universities up to a world-class standard, and Project 985, which aims to create an even more elite group of universities.

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Cost of Living in China

Given the fast growth of the chinese economy, the cost of living in China is not quite as cheap as it used to be. However, tuition fees are affordable and is around US$3,500 per year in Beijing. And the cost of living in Shanghai, China’s most expensive city, is estimated to be roughly half that of New York.

Accommodation cost is between US$200 and US$300 per month (depending on the city), and transport a handful of small change, you’ll be spared the financial turmoil of students elsewhere.

Admission to Universities

To apply for admission at a university in China, international students should use the centralized CUCAS (China’s University and College Admission System) website, or apply directly to the university. International students can also choose to apply for a Chinese Government Scholarship Program, and will find information about this on the CUCAS.

Chinese Visa Requirements

After being given admission at a Chinese university, you’ll be required to head to your local Chinese embassy, and apply for a visa appropriate for your length of stay. Chinese visa requirements state that for a stay of six months or more, you will need a study visa (or X-visa). For less than six months, a business visa (or F-visa) will do. If you do not receive your admission package in time, you may be able to apply for a tourist visa (L-visa) and convert this to a student visa when you arrive.

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Language of Instruction

Major languages in China include Cantonese, Hokkien and of course Mandarin (also known as Putonghua) – which is the world’s largest language by number of speakers. Given China’s growing stature on the world stage, it is obviously going to enhance your employability if you know your wayaround Mandarin.

However, don’t worry if it seems like a tall order to study in a language that can seem completely opaque for the non-speaker. Many universities in China offer courses taught in English, and you’ll also find that many Chinese people speak English. If you choose to study in China in English, you won’t need to prove your fluency in Mandarin, but you may need to submit the results of a test of English proficiency such as IELTS or TOEFL.


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