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International students should find increasing levels of investment in tertiary education to be a compelling reason to study in China.
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.
What more can we say about China that you don’t already know? It’s a cradle of culture, philosophy, and art, that changed the course of history with every invention and every dynasty; not to mention the great works of Sun Tzu and Confucius that are still quoted and used as life guide.
Knowing all this, why wouldn’t students wish to come here, especially to be close to the birthplace of the Zen school of Buddhism that encourages individuals to find inner peace and relaxation?
Thinking of the great atmosphere and culture, China seems like the ideal international destination for your studies.
Why study in China?
China made more innovations and invented more modern-day tools and utensils than all the world combined. Without Chinese makers, we would have been left without:
- Alcoholic drinks (or the process of fermentation, but that’s alcohol, basically)
- Nail polishes
- Revolving bookcases
- Domesticated goldfish
Seeing how important knowledge is in the endeavour of creating new things, it comes as no surprise that the best universities and the best teachings went down from generation to generation in China, making it one of the best places to come and study your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree.
How to apply to universities in China
Chinese universities receive a lot of applicants yearly, so there are a lot of auxiliary websites for students to ask for help and manage their applications. These websites are:
- CUCAS – where you can apply by yourself online, and it’s an intermediator between you and the university;
- CUAC (China University Application Centre) – where you can apply to a university, but also find awesome advisors and professional guides, that can help you with your studying decision.
You can also apply on your own, of course, directly at the university you’ve chosen. However, whichever way you decide to apply, the documents needed are the same, which are:
- A passport photo;
- A photocopy of your passport;
- A photocopy of your visa;
- Your ID;
- Your health certificate;
- Your criminal record (a clean one, hopefully);
- A Chinese / English language proficiency certificate;
- Letter of guarantee (parents or legal guardians sign a declaration by which they assume responsibility that you will abide by the rules and regulations of China and of the university);
- Proof that you can support your studies in China;
- Certificate / diploma from your last graduated school;
- Academic transcripts from your last graduated school.
Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Chinese university
Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;
Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in China, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Chinese, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
Admission to universities in China
To apply for a place at a university in China, international students can 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 site.
China has a lot of English Master’s programmes. Still, in order to apply to one of them, you will have to prove your proficiency through an English certificate. The ones accepted by Chinese universities are:
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