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Can I study in China?

China welcomes international students from around the world. China's universities have a variety of programs to meet the different demands of international students. However, some programs have strict academic requirements for admission. Outlined below are the possible routes for studying in China.

I have graduated from high school, and am at least 18 years old

If you do not know how to speak Chinese, you can choose the following programs to attend:

  • Non-degree Chinese language and culture program: These courses mostly have flexible hours for your convenience. Tuition: Varies depending on class hours and location. A six-month Chinese language program's tuition fee is 1,000  to 1,500 U.S. dollars. One-year Chinese language program costs 2000-3000 U.S. dollars.
  • Pre-university program (also called Foundation Program / Pre-college Program): There are a number of universities that have a one-year preparatory course for international students, the majority of the classes teach the Chinese language and basic undergraduate knowledge. Tuition fees range from 2200 to 4400 U.S. dollars a year.
  • University undergraduate program: on CUCAS you can apply directly to a number of universities that teach programs in English. Tuition usually costs 2000 to 4500 U.S. dollars a year. Tuition is slightly higher for a few universities which may be 10,000 U.S. dollars per year. Find a bachelor's degree program>>

If your Chinese Language level reaches a certain standard:

This standard varies depending on the school's requirements, usually based on HSK exam results or entrance exams. You can apply for non-degree Chinese language and culture courses and almost any of the undergraduate degree programs at China's universities. There are some Chinese-taught programs where you would have to attend classes with Chinese students. The tuition fees for undergraduate programs taught in Chinese are usually 1500-4500 U.S. dollars a year.

I have finished my bachelor's degree

If you do not speak Chinese

You can choose to attend a non-degree Chinese language program, as well as an English-medium Master's degree program(tuition is about 4500 U.S. dollars to 8500 U.S. dollars per year).

If your Chinese level reaches a certain standard

You can apply for non-degree Chinese language courses and Master's degree programs at Chinese universities (tuition fees cost 3500 U.S. dollars to 4500 U.S. dollars per year). Most schools will arrange foreign students to attend class together with the Chinese students.

I have earned my master's degree

Basically, you can choose any type of program offered by China's universities, including non-degree language and culture programs and doctoral degree programs. Most Chinese universities' doctorate degrees can be taught in English. Please take note that when applying for a doctoral degree, you usually have to include English proficiency test results, transcripts, letters of recommendation and other entry requirements, please take a look at the entry requirements for each major. PHD candidates normally are requested to take an interview. Tuition usually cost 3,000 to 6000 U.S. dollars per year.

I am under 18 years old, or have no high school diploma

Some of China's universities accept applicants with any education background for their Chinese language courses. You can also choose to learn Chinese at a language school. China's major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities have special language schools to teach foreign students Chinese language and Chinese culture. These schools generally do not have educational level or age restrictions. If you are under 18 years old, you need to submit a letter of consent from your guardian.

Foreign schools organizing student groups of under 18-years-old to study in China, please contact us for customized programs:service@cucas.cn.

Please visit Find the Course to choose a program that's right for you.