High quality education. Over the past few decades, Chinese education has made a huge leap forward by completely revising its training programmes. An equally important step is the introduction of academic qualifications that are recognized by universities in virtually every country in the world. Every year, the number of foreign professors invited to work together on projects is increasing, which affects the quality of Chinese education. Today it is practically no different from European education except for cultural and national peculiarities. Chinese programs of engineering, business administration, medicine, economics and finance are recognized and highly appreciated all over the world.
Financial accessibility of higher education. Studying and living in China is many times cheaper than in Europe or America.
A government scholarship or grant is available. Talented students may well expect financial support from the government or alternative funds, but only if they have excellent Chinese language skills (as a rule, scholarships do not apply to English-speaking programs).
Prospects for employment and career growth. Most of the world-famous companies have their own offices in the Asia-Pacific region (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing), so firms need professionals who have a high level of knowledge of Chinese as well as experience of living in the country.
Chinese culture. Studying in China will give a lot of impressions as it is an extremely diverse country. It is home to 56 ethnic groups, each of which has its own customs and national cuisine. Domestic students have the opportunity to learn more about the cultural characteristics of each nation within a few years, immersing themselves in the local flavor. Another undeniable plus is the opportunity to make new acquaintances, comrades and friends, and the opportunity to master foreign languages at a high level.
The country’s best universities are located in various regions of China, proud of their history, quality of education and qualified teachers and renowned experts in various fields. At present, there are 2,000 universities and colleges in China, of which 450 accept applicants from other countries.
Training preparation and language schools in China
To enter a university, an international student must demonstrate good knowledge of the Chinese language and successfully pass the HSK test, so the study is usually preceded by a 1-2 year Chinese course. The level of knowledge of the language does not matter for admission to the course.
There are so called summer courses and Chinese language courses at university. Short-term summer courses are cheaper, but the language level does not guarantee admission to a Chinese university.
In the second case, education will be more expensive, but such courses guarantee admission to the university where they operate without entrance exams. To apply, you need to have a copy of your passport and several 3×4 photos. The application deadlines are from September to the end of December (for admission in spring) or from February to the end of June (for admission in autumn).
Higher education in China
A foreign applicant may enroll in a bachelor’s course at a Chinese university after school or technical school. The student has the right to choose whether to study in English or Chinese. When making the choice, you should understand that studying in English programs will cost many times more. You can get a Bachelor’s degree on average in 4 years, except for medical specialties, which require at least 5 years to study. To study in Chinese, you must pass the HSK Level 4 examination and submit a certificate of admissions. If the applicant’s knowledge is not enough to pass the exam, in this case you will have to study for 1 year in a preparatory course at the selected university. In order to be admitted to the English-speaking course you will need the results of the IELTS exam (at least 5.5) or TOEFL ibt (at least 85).
To enter a master’s course you need to have a Bachelor’s degree, no less important requirement is knowledge of the Chinese language. Of course, the student has the opportunity to choose the language of study, but English programs cost more and there are not as many as one would like. To study in Chinese, an applicant must provide an HSK Level 4 or Level 6 certificate, depending on the requirements of the program. Requirements for English language skills are as follows: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL ibt 90 (also may vary depending on the requirements of the department and the selected university). Along with the language certificates, the prospective Master of Arts must provide a motivation letter, a certificate of past education (Bachelor’s degree + transcript with grades) and an academic summary. The duration of master’s programs depends on the chosen specialty (mainly 2-3 years).
Obtaining a doctorate from a Chinese university requires four years of study and defending a scientific thesis. Well-known universities usually offer programs in both Chinese and English, but there are really few such courses. One of the main advantages of studying for a doctorate is the possibility to get Obtaining a doctorate from a Chinese university requires four years of study and defending a scientific thesis. Well-known universities usually offer programs in both Chinese and English, but there are really few such courses. One of the main advantages of studying for a doctorate is the possibility to get a research grant covering all the costs of studying and living in the Celestial Empire. To enter the PhD program, you need to have an HSK Level 6 certificate or IELTS 6.5/TOEFL ibt 95 certificate. In addition to language diplomas, the applicant must provide written references from teachers, a letter of motivation, an academic summary and a document of education obtained (Master’s degree + transcript with grades).
How to fly to Nanjing and apply to South East University Arrivals can be either at Nanjing Lukou Airport or Nanjing Nanzhan Railway Station. You can get from the airport by taxi (200-250) and subway (line S1 at once, then change to green line 3 to Fuqiao Station (Exit 1 – 11). From here you need to find an international office. Please note the office opening hours are from 11.30 to 14.00 lunchtime.
The office will tell you where you will live and send you back to your place of residence. If you show up at the end of the day, you may need to spend the night in a hotel or ask the office to call the hostel manager and he will check in. You will need to have a physical examination and then go to the migration office – this procedure usually takes 3 weeks in September.
You should get them strictly at your place of residence, where you will often be photographed in terrible light and be satisfied. The card is necessary not only for hiking in the library and trying to get a discount, on these cards you can put money and eat in the dining room, pay for showers, internet, use the campus bus.
It is better to buy the cards from either the hostel manager or in places as close to the campus as possible. The cost should not exceed 150 yuan.
The sooner you do it, the better. Someone does it without any extra trouble, and we were kicked out of the bank 3 times and told that they can not make us cards, although other students did. So look for the Bank of China office and stand your ground. You may be asked to fill in a taxpayer card with the UNP – it is necessary to explain that you are a student and no income, except for the student’s, the card will not apply. After the card is issued, you need to provide the university with the card data for calculating the scholarship – the sooner you do this, the sooner it will come.
I recommend that you deal with the cards in this order: student – SIMKA – bank card. Because when you buy a SIM card, you need to show your passport and student card, when you open a bank card, you need a phone number, so that you can then use electronic wallets Wechat and Alipay, applications Qunar, Meituan. And you have to ask the bank to tie your bank card to your student card, because there are money replenishing machines on campus (you can also bring cash to the bank or pay with Wechat, but two options have disadvantages: first, you have to go somewhere at a certain time, second, the money does not come immediately).
All this can be done in 1-5 days, depending on luck and other circumstances. During this time, a medical certificate will be ready. With it, as well as your passport and photos, go to the migration office, where there will already be queues of students – there you will draw up a residence permit. When you have a passport with residence and a bank card, download alipay, install Wechat wallet, go to the taobao and start feeling China through the eyes of a temporary citizen, not a tourist.
Summing up my trip to China, I can say exactly – it was an unforgettable, unique, developing experience. You’re discovering not only the world for yourself, but also for yourself. You become somewhere more impudent, somewhere softer. The Chinese have a saying: “At home you rely on your family and abroad on your friends”.