If it was very clear in your mind that you wanted to study somewhere non-Western, to discover a culture that was different from the ones you’ve lived in your whole life, a study abroad China experience most likely popped up on your radar. In 2012, China reached its target of spending 4 percent of GDP on education, while the number of colleges and universities has doubled in the last decade, now standing at around 2,900.
The country’s current five-year plan, which extends to 2020, focuses on modernizing and strengthening its higher education system, with key initiatives such as 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. Project 985 has resulted in the creation of the C9 league, which has ambitions of becoming something like the US Ivy League.
China has become one of, nay, THE forefront country in industrialization and a leader of the global economy, making it a very enticing study abroad location. And while you thought just looking for the perfect destination to study abroad was overwhelming, you’ve now found it is even more overwhelming since you choose such a question mark of a country like China.
Why Study in China?
China is now Asia’s education hub and one of the top 3 global education hubs. With numbers rising each year, there are expected to be over 500,000 international students by 2020.
With high class education and rapidly developing institutions, Chinese Universities are climbing up the international rankings, international students can benefit from leading professors and teaching quality. But as any employer will tell you (see later points) education is much more than that; it is the relationships you make, the life experience of living and exploring another culture.
Chinese culture is over 5000 years old, and was for a long time the leading economy in the world, producing great scientists and inventions such as paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass. There is a great deal we can learn from China and Chinese culture, and ideas that we can share across cultures that can make us more effective in our studies and career. And did you know that studying abroad in another culture makes you more creative?
There has never been a better time to study in the fastest growing economy. Get ahead of the rest, and give you career a head start, by building a greater understanding of China. Studying in China will be an adventure that you will never forget, and it will put you in good stead for China’s economic rise, while also providing you with sought after transferrable skills and cultural experience that will give you an edge in the job market.
China, an ancient, mysterious and beautiful land, is always appealing to adventurous foreign visitors. As the third largest country in the world occupying an area of 9,600,000 sq km, it spans 62 degrees of longitude and 49 degrees of latitude. A wide variety of terrain and climate shape its numerous natural attractions. Abundant in a variety of resources, plants, animals, and minerals, the land has nurtured countless generations of Chinese people.
One of China’s greatest treasures is her long, rich history. As early as 1.7 million years ago, the earliest humans evolved on this land. The first dynasty, the Xia Dynasty, dates to about the 21st century BC. For 4,000 years, feudalism was the dominant economic and cultural model. Then, in 1911, the revolution led by Sun Yat-sen brought the monarchy to an end. On October 1st, 1949, PRC was founded, fully named the ‘People’s Republic of China’. Since then, this country has developed independently and vigorously. Most recently, reform and opening-up policy has energized life in this country.
China is proud of her many people, long history, resplendent culture and distinctive customs. Among her greatest gifts to the world are the ‘four great inventions’ (paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass) .
Chinese arts and crafts, including painting, calligraphy, operas, embroidery and silk are distinctive and unique. Kung Fu, which have only recently begun to enjoy popularity in other parts of the world have been part of Chinese culture for centuries, and Chinese literature is testifies to the country’s rich heritage. And, of course, there is Chinese food, which has been exported to every corner of the globe
Cost of Studying and Living in China
China is very affordable, even on a student budget. Although China boasts the world’s second largest economy, it is still very much a developing nation, and so the cost of living is quite cheap compared to most Western countries. Meals will generally only run you a few dollars and many prices are up to negotiation. Prices are lower in rural areas than in the cities, and informal market places are cheaper than recognizable Western businesses. Know that as a young tourist you will stand out so be careful of scams and artificially marked-up prices. These pitfalls quickly become recognizable though, and you will come to find the Chinese people unendingly hospitable and sincerely interested in Western culture.
Homestays are great for the student who is interested in a more culturally immersive glimpse into the Chinese household and family life (and frequent home cooked meals), and an amazing chance to practice and learn Mandarin.
Standard housing options are made available through most study abroad programs in China—apartments, homestays, or dormitory style living being most common. While, homestays should be your number one, there’s nothing wrong with apartment or dorm living. Apartment living is good for the independently minded students who like their own space and individual liberty. Dormitory style living, especially at larger Chinese universities, offers an inside experience into the life of Chinese students and are a great way to break cultural boundaries and make lifelong friends.
There are many scholarships made available for study in China, from Western and Chinese institutions alike. Be sure to take advantage of these by consulting an student Advisor at Precious Education Agency to find out more information on opportunities and eligibility requirements for studying in China.
There are two types of Student Visa for international student who want to study in china. The X visa and F visa.
F Visas are required for students who plan to study in China for less than six months, while X visas are required to studying China for over six months. Even though China is a somewhat closed country, obtaining a visa to study abroad is a fairly simple process through Precious Education Agency for students who want to study in China, which most programs we will guide you through.
The validity, duration of stay, and number of entries of the Chinese visa are decided at the discretion of consular officers according to related Chinese laws and regulations. The consular officers have the authority to refuse any applications inconsistent with Chinese laws and regulations, and are entitled to change and /or revoke any issued visas, without providing any explanation.
All information listed above is subject to change, without notice, at the discretion and interpretation of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General.
If you’re worried about being taught in the local language, fear not! There are plenty of ways that you can study in China in English, even though we generally recommend taking some basic, entry-level language classes to help with everyday communication, not to mention the chance to learn more about their vastly rich culture (more on this later). We have a feeling that no matter your major, you can knock out a considerable number of credits while studying in China thanks to its excellent universities and relative popularity amongst international students studying abroad.
The language barrier can be a very real obstacle to breaching China’s increasingly prominent national university system. While world-class institutions like Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Fudan University are the crown jewel in the eye of every Chinese national student, most classes are generally taught in Mandarin, which make enrollment a challenge for international students not studying Chinese.
However many of these schools do reach out with international programs to attract foreign students, and some subject areas, such as international business, are often taught in English.
How to Apply
For more information on how to apply for admission to study in China please check the Precious Education Admission Application dates and remember the deadlines so you don’t miss a thing, To get the best support please check the forum or contact a Precious Education Agency Student Advisor to guide you on the admission process.