Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions that haven't been answered below, please send us an email, and we'll add it to the list.
Scholarships
How is this a free service?

We offer this service as goodwill to maintain relationships with universities in China.

What do scholarships in China include?

There are a wide range of scholarships available in China. The best available include both full tuition and housing, as well as offering a living stipend, which is usually around US$500 or so.

Then there is a range below that too, some just offer the tuition coverage without housing. And some just offer a percentage of the tuition off.

We'll help find whatever we can, but have no guarantees what level of scholarship we can find. Much depends on the quality of your application!

​Do Scholarships include flights to China?

Unfortunately not. This would be nice, but it just isn't something the universities offer.

Other
What are the top ranked universities in China?

The top ranked universities in China are Peking University (Beijing University) and Tsinghua University as rated 29th and 35th in the world according to The Times University World Rankings 2017.

Can I use my financial aid for language programs?

This depends on what country you are coming from. In the US it is not possible, but some countries allow it.

Can I get picked up at the airport?

Yes! There is a box you can check while filling out the application to apply for an airport pickup. If you do select this option, we can arrange for an experienced student or staff member to pick you up from the airport and take to your school.

This option is recommended for students with little travel experience in Asia and or speak little or no Chinese.

When will I know if I get accepted into a university?

In most cases you will know within a month of filling out your application if you have been accepted into your course. If it is taking longer, or you have any concerns, please contact the China Universities team.

Is it difficult to get into Chinese universities?

The difficulty of the entry requirements depends on the University. Beijing University (Peking University) and Tsinghua University are difficult to get into. But outside of the top 2 or 3 it gets considerably easier. Contact the CSA staff at ‘Contact Us’ if need more information or you are struggling to find a course to suit your qualifications and we will find the course for you.


With regards to language programs, they are easy to get into and you usually do not require and qualifications to get into.
What are the odds of my application being rejected?

In most universities if you meet the requirements of the course you are not likely to be rejected. However, the odds do increase when you apply to universities such as Beijing University and Tsinghua University as they are the top in the Country.


You can find more information on the entry requirements by using the search tool on the CSA site and contacting CSA if you have any questions.
Is insurance required?

Yes, basic insurance is required and will be included in the registration process.

Application Process
What are the requirements for a Bachelor’s or Master’s courses in China?

The requirements vary by university and course. Some Bachelor’s courses only require a high school diploma or equivalent and some Master’s programs only require experience or a Bachelor’s degree. Some however require the completion of specific courses.

Typically these are the items you'll need to apply to most university degree programs here.

  • a passport-sized photo
  • a copy of your passport information page
  • a copy of a school diploma or certificate that shows your educational level
  • detailed application form (this will be sent to you in a separate email shortly)
  • if you are not a Native English speaker we also need your English test scores (IELTS/TOEFL, etc)
  • 2 Recommendation letters - signed by teachers/professors
  • 1 personal statement (600-800 words on why you want to study Chinese as a degree, and why in China)
Programs
What are your admission requirements?
For University Programs: Aged between 18-60 Have completed high school or equivalent (exceptions are sometimes granted) Peking University - Have minimum knowledge of 800 Chinese characters For Summer / Winter / Short Term Programs at Universities Students over the age of 15 are eligible to apply and attend with parental consent. Programs include the months of July and August only. Private Academy / School Programs There is no age minimum or limit for the private language school programs offered through CSA as they cater to all students.
Will I receive documentation upon completion of my program?

Aged between 18-60

Have completed high school or equivalent (exceptions are sometimes granted)
Peking University - Have minimum knowledge of 800 Chinese characters
For Summer / Winter / Short Term Programs at Universities

Students over the age of 15 are eligible to apply and attend with parental consent. Programs include the months of July and August only. Private Academy / School Programs

There is no age minimum or limit for the private language school programs offered through CSA as they cater to all students.

How?
Are the courses taught in English?

Yes, all the courses on the CSA website are taught in English unless you choose to study Chinese, or study a degree in Chinese.

Can I take degree programs taught in Chinese?

Yes! Each course taught in English (which is all of the courses on offer at CSA except those learning Chinese) has a Chinese counterpart. During the registration of your program you can choose to take it in Chinese rather than English.

When do I register for my course?

Registration dates will depend on the university and course. Generally, registration day/days is the week before your course begins. The date of registration can be found on your acceptance letter from the university.

How early should I apply?

To be safe, you should aim to hand all of your documents in 6 months before your course begins. It is possible to do last minute applications depending on the universities. If you are unsure or have any concerns about deadlines or late applications please contact CSA for advice and more information.

How to find a program?

You can simply fill out the Open Application form and we'll get back to you with programs that match your requirements.

You can also browse through our university and courses on our site. By using the filters you can sort by program, price, duration, type of qualification you wish to gain. If you would like to know about a course or have any questions please contact CU and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


How do I contact the university I want to go to?

You can contact University’s yourself by searching for their website. However, Chinese Universities can be difficult to cooperate with and it is uncommon for Universities to have sites in English.

If you need some information it will be easier to ask CSA, so we can then contact the Universities directly.

Classes
I have to leave the program a week early – will this effect my grading?

For University Programs:

Aged between 18-60
Have completed high school or equivalent (exceptions are sometimes granted)
Peking University - Have minimum knowledge of 800 Chinese characters
For Summer / Winter / Short Term Programs at Universities

Students over the age of 15 are eligible to apply and attend with parental consent. Programs include the months of July and August only. Private Academy / School Programs

There is no age minimum or limit for the private language school programs offered through CSA as they cater to all students.

Can I arrive before my course starts?

For University Programs:

Aged between 18-60
Have completed high school or equivalent (exceptions are sometimes granted)
Peking University - Have minimum knowledge of 800 Chinese characters
For Summer / Winter / Short Term Programs at Universities

Students over the age of 15 are eligible to apply and attend with parental consent. Programs include the months of July and August only. Private Academy / School Programs

There is no age minimum or limit for the private language school programs offered through CSA as they cater to all students.

Fees and Expenditure
Are payment plans available for universities in China?

Unfortunately not. The universities have to issue student visas for a full year, and once that visa is issued, it is hard for them to retract it. Their worry is that students would apply for university courses just to get the visas, then not attend classes, or pay the tuition. So to counteract this, they make students pay each year upfront. We've never heard of any wiggle room in this.

Why?
Why should I study Abroad?

Studying abroad is not only a great way to experience other cultures while you study, it's can also greatly improve your employability. In a world that is increasingly globalised, studying abroad can give you an edge in the job market by giving you experience of living and studying in an international environment. It shows flexibility, and can also make your CV more unique, helping you distinguish yourself from others.

But studying abroad goes further than employability; studying abroad is an exciting, eye opening and fulfilling experience that you will never forget. In the famous words of St. Augustine “the world is a book, and those who do not travel, only read one page”. So why not travel and study!
Why study in China?

From experiencing life in China to learning the language or just to experience something new; there are a plethora of reasons to study in China. Here are just a few reasons why you should study in China.

  • In the 21st century China is a gold star on your resume and can increase your employability
  • Mandarin is a valuable language and a rare skill to possess
  • China is rich in culture with a history over 5,000 years old
  • China’s astounding natural beauty and countless diverse cities and villages to discover makes China a great place to travel
  • China is cheap, making your money go further


And, why not! Why not study in another culture? Why not learn about the world’s fastest developing new superpower? Why not eat delicious food all day, save money, and see the wonders of the ancient world? Why not learn a new language, and meet new people, and practice Kungfu? There are millions of reasons to study in China.

Why use ChinaUniversities.org?

Studying in China is an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. That being said, finding the right courses and applying to Chinese universities can still be a bit tricky. ChinaUnviersities.org is a free service and can help you get through the application and preparation stages of coming to study in China. ChinaUniversities.org was created by international students and in collaboration with Chinese universities to make the application process easier and accessible to you.

We are not the only way to apply, and you absolutely can apply directly. But we maintain it is easier through our platform, and a free service!

Where?
Where in China should I study?

Where in China you want to study depends entirely on what you want from your course. If you are studying a degree program and want to go to the most prestigious universities (Tsinghua University and Peking University) then you will most likely chose Beijing. Beijing is also the capital and considered the international and cultural hub of China and so is the most popular destination for students.

Shanghai is a thriving metropolis and could be described as the New York of China. Shanghai has a vibrant international community and is connected.

But, there are many more choices than just Shanghai and Beijing.

You also have Chongqing, Guangzhou, Wuhan and more great yet less explored cities each with their own unique characteristics.

If you want to avoid big cities like Beijing and Shanghai smaller yet vibrant cities like Xi’an, Nanjing and Dalian (and many more) offer rich and diverse histories as well as being really cool places to live.

The south of China is renowned for its natural beauty. the provinces Chengdu and Yunnan in particular are huges domestic tourist destinations and are worth considering if you enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

China however, is a vast country and can cater to whatever you want to achieve in your stay in China. So take your time and pick a place that appeals the most to you and your reasons for studying in China.
Cost?
How much does it cost to study in China?

How much it costs to study in China depends a lot on the university and course. Check the filters on the CSA website to find the course that fits with your budget. If you are on a budget, universities in the south of China are generally cheaper than they are in the North. Smaller towns and universities are likely to be considerably cheaper.

Life in China however is relatively cheap. A budgeting student in Beijing for example can live off $75-$100 a week for simple living and is cheaper still in smaller towns and cities.

Do I have to pay extra for using the ChinaUniversity.org?

No, we are a free service. Universities often have application fees, and we will let you know how to make those payments, but our advice/application service is free!

Degree Programs
Are there 1-year Master's Programs?

Unfortunately not. In China most Master's programs are 2 or 3 year programs. Typically the final year (whether that is the 2nd or 3rd) doesn't often include many classes and is for students to do their thesis. This means international students can also use this time to study more Chinese, travel a bit around China or find internships. As well as actually writing the thesis obviously!