China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students because of its long history and exciting culture. In 2017, more than 440,000 students from over 180 countries came to China to study for either degree or non-degree programs. Here are five reasons to join them: –
Travel and Exploration
Studying in China is an excellent opportunity to explore the world’s most populous country. You will experience China’s unique blend of ancient and modern civilization, as well as its scenic beauty and bustling nightlife. Visit new places with other students from around the world who you meet, and you’ll find yourself opening your eyes not just to China, but to the whole world. The sheer size of China’s territory means a tremendous variety of climates, cultures and landscapes await. Head northeast to Harbin to enjoy the ice festival, hit the ski slopes or just to see the water in your eyes form icicles around your eyelashes. If -25°C sounds a little too cold, then head south to the tropical beach paradise of Hainan Island and kick back in the sunshine. Following rapid economic development over the last 30 years, Chinese cities now boast eye-catching works of modern architecture – from the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai to Beijing’s Olympic Bird’s Nest – in addition to impressive ancient structures like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. China’s 5000 years of history has bequeathed a seemingly endless amount of tourist attractions to visit, while natural wonders of breathtaking beauty are also scattered about the country. Perhaps less well known, but equally unmissable for international students, is China’s unique nightlife made up of private karaoke rooms and extravagant mega-clubs. Thanks to a well-developed and modern transportation infrastructure, it is convenient and inexpensive to get around in China. All cities are well-served by buses and taxis, and larger cities have modern subway systems. For long-distance travel, every city can be reached by airplane or train. China’s high-speed railway reaches a maximum speed of over 300 km/h and provides beds as well as dining services.
Studying and living in China is cheaper than studying and living in European countries, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and many other countries. For example, for non-EU citizens the tuition fee for studying at a UK university is at least €8000 (about 10,000 U.S. dollars) annually. Meanwhile, the United States and Australia have the world’s most expensive tuition fees. Even in other parts of Asia studying is not cheap. Japan boasts high living expenses soaring up to €1500 dollars a month, while South Korea is one of the world’s five most expensive countries for foreign residents. On the other hand, in China, the tuition fees per semester are generally no more than 1000 U.S. dollars, a number of short-term language courses cost just a few hundred dollars. Food and consumption in China are as affordable as it gets. A good pair of jeans sells for €10-20, the bus fare only 15 cents, and a subway ticket in Beijing only 30 cents. All in all, everything is more than affordable in China; it’s cheap!
When it comes to economics, China has been the world’s fastest growing country for the past 30 years. Even during the financial crisis, China’s economic growth has maintained a level of 8%, a pace unthinkable in other countries. China’s GDP recently surpassed Japan’s to become the world’s second largest economy after the United States. The world’s top 500 companies all do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world’s next generation of leaders.
Quality of Education and International Recognition
China is striving to build more world-class universities and investing heavily in higher education. Aside from China’s unique Chinese language, calligraphy, martial arts and other cultural subjects, Chinese degree programs in majors such as engineering, science, medicine, economics and trade, MBA as well as finance are highly revered. As for those who don’t know any Chinese, many universities offer degree programs taught in English, so you can earn your degree while learning the most widely spoken language in the world. The academic qualifications awarded by Chinese universities are recognized by most developed countries. The Chinese government has signed an agreement on mutual recognition of academic qualifications with a number of countries including the United States, Britain, France, Japan and 65 other countries and regions.
Experiencing the Culture First hand
Though it may surprise many, Chinese culture and people are extremely diverse and multicultural, consisting of 56 different ethnicities. For example, in Lijiang, in the southern province of Yunnan, twelve different minorities have dwelled together in social harmony for thousands of years, practicing an array of religions spanning from Chinese Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam, to many lesser known ones like Tibetan Buddhism and Bimo Religion of Baiyi. Compare that to completely different Inner Mongolia, where drinking Chinese rice wine is practically mandatory when entering the homes of locals, and whole lambs are eaten in one meal. You’ll run into unique customs as you travel to different parts of China, but everyday life, believe it or not, will be just as new and fulfilling. Living and interacting with local Chinese and immersing yourself in Chinese society will provide you with a new way of visualizing the world and giving you the kind of insight that just doesn’t come from textbooks.
Your questions about China answered
Is the cost of living in China too high?
Although prices in China are rising, the cost of living here is still favorable compared with most developed countries. You will be amazed by how comfortably you can live and how strong your purchasing power is. Compared to developed countries, the cost of living and studying in China is relatively low. Accommodation in Beijing is roughly €260-€385 per month. An average meal costs around €3-5. The subway has a flat rate of 25 cent and buses within the city are even cheaper. Smaller cities and those in China’s central and western regions are particularly inexpensive.
How can I deal with the accommodation after arriving in China if I don’t speak Chinese?
Applications for accommodation should be made to the universities before coming to China. There are many kinds of dormitories in universities, and the prices differ from each other due to the furniture and facilities. International students should apply before arriving in China. If you want to come with your families, you should consult the university in advance. Otherwise, you should take care of the accommodation by yourself. Students can live off-campus with the permission of the university, but should register at the local public security office within 24 hours upon arrival.
Can I take a part-time job while studying at college?
Tuition fee is generally paid on year basis. According to relevant Chinese laws, international students studying in China are forbidden to be employed, and work-study opportunity is relatively small. So self-financed international students should make the financial preparation before arriving in China. Cost of Studying/Living in China Application Fee & Tuition Fee: Application fee of different major for different degree in every university varies from €80 to €130, normally not in excess of €175. Among all the programs offered by universities, MBBS may be the most expensive one regarding application fee. Besides, the higher ranked a university in China’s University List, the more expensive of the application fee will be. However, the tuition fee of Chinese universities is quite low compared with that of UK/USA. The estimated average tuition fee ranges from €2900 to €8600 per year.
What is the average living cost?
The average living cost in metropolitan areas like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou would be around €645 to €725/ month). However, this mainly depends on your lifestyle, though eating out in China is very cheap compared to many other countries.
How do I apply for a Chinese Visa?
Students who intend to study in China need to apply for a visa. Foreign students studying in China are required to hold an ordinary passport and either a X1 visa (study period of more than 180 days) or a X2 visa (study period of no more than 180 days.). Applicants should apply for a Chinese visa from their nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
Starting with the biggest. With a population quickly approaching 30 million, Shanghai is the largest city in China and its most important center of trade, finance, and commercial activity. Sitting impressively on the Yangtze River Delta leading into the Pacific Ocean, Shanghai is an architectural wonder, which also boasts the busiest container port in the whole world. Simply stated, Shanghai is kind of a big deal. Students who are intrigued by the face of modern China should consider study abroad programs in Shanghai as the premier option. With an Alpha+ global city rating, it is undoubtedly the anchor or China’s booming industrial sector, and also one of the most influential economic nodes on the planet. It’s not all business though; Shanghai is also world renowned for its prestigious museums, beautiful historical landmarks, and cultural integrity.
If Shanghai is China’s largest and most industrious city, then Beijing thrives no less importantly as its political command center. From the days of imperial China, when the city was known as Peking, Beijing has for centuries been the seat of Chinese governance. In fact the entire metropolis is built sprawling around the ancient Forbidden City, former home to the imperial family, which remains standing remarkably intact at the city’s center. History breathes life into the streets of Beijing, where the new is locked in eternal struggle with the old. The city boasts an impressive number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven to be exact, and is even within short distance travel from the Great Wall of China. At the same time Beijing also features many skyscrapers and modern architectural wonders, such as the National Center for the Performing Arts, and has one of the most efficient subway systems in the world too.
Hangzhou may be known mostly for its scenic beauty, romantically settled on the southern mouth of China’s Grand Canal, but it has also been one of the most prosperous cities in China for a long time. Hangzhou’s infrastructure is exceedingly well maintained, it enjoys a very high GDP per capita, and it is home to China’s fourth ranked school of higher learning, Zhejiang University. Despite its laid back feel, Hangzhou actually forms the core of China’s fourth largest metropolitan area, and so carries a weight of importance beyond its bevy of natural and historic attractions. One of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China, it has always been a highly influential city in the region, and therefore it has made it on our list of best cities to study abroad in China.
Chengdu is a bit of an anomaly on this list of best places to study abroad in China, and indeed for China itself, because of its seemingly inauspicious geographical location. As the capital of the Sichuan Province, in western China, it stands out as perhaps the most influential city in the country, which is not located near the eastern seaboard. Settled on the fertile plains of Central Asia, within easy access of some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes you will ever see, it is a very unique destination for study abroad in China. It is not just its location that makes Chengdu so great though. It is a highly modern city with a young pulse, is growing rapidly, and serves as one of the most important globally connected outposts in the western provinces of China. Sichuan food is also renowned as being some of the best in China; be sure to try the hot pots!
Last, but certainly not least, is Hong Kong. A British colony since its inception in the nineteenth century, Hong Kong actually only became an autonomous province of China as recently as 1997. A global city in the truest sense of the word, Hong Kong enjoys the freest economy in the world, complete with the highest number of skyscrapers to match. Throw in expansive parks and museums, great restaurants and theaters, and an exhilarating nightlife, and you have yourself a winning destination for study abroad in China. Hong Kong has a much different feel than the rest of China, and is a tremendously fun and fascinating place to study abroad. It even has its own currency, the Hong Kong Dollar, which is the thirteenth most traded currency in the world. From offbeat marketplaces and hole-in-the wall apartments to massive mega-malls and mansions on Victoria Peak, Hong Kong is one of the most diverse and distinctive cities you can find in our modern age, making it a one of a kind place to study abroad in China.
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