Get to know China and Education in China
Studying in China
WHY STUDY IN CHINA?
China has become one of the most popular study destinations for international students. Over the past few years, the number of international students studying for either a degree or non-degree program in China has significantly increased every year.
China has since then been investing heavily in higher education, not excluding programs in majors such as engineering, science, medicine, economics and trade, MBA as well as finance. The language barrier is no longer an issue for international students wishing to study in China, as there are universities that offer degree programs taught in English.
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.
EDUCATION SYSTEM IN CHINA
The higher education system in China is comparatively comprehensive and complete. Institutions which offer higher education include universities, colleges, and professional schools of higher education. Just like institutions in Europe and America, Chinese institutions of higher education mainly take responsibility of teaching, scientific research, and social services.
The Chinese government just launched “Study in China” program, aimed at attracting about 500,000 international students to study in universities in China before 2020. Students studying in China under this program would be sure of all possible support for their study and stay.
Usually, a Chinese university or college has two semesters in one school year. Early September is the start of the first semester while Mid-February is the beginning of the second semester. There are 20 weeks in one semester, with two days of rest per week. Students have one day off on New Year’s Day and three days off on International Labor Day and National Day besides the summer and winter holidays.
LIVING/STUDYING IN CHINA
The cost of living varies in China according to where you are geographically and how you decide to spend your money. For instance, in coastal metropolises like Shanghai, Shenzhen, or Guangzhou, the price can be high. Strategically speaking, choose a location that would be most favorable to you.
To have a comfortable living standard that corresponds to the Western OECD-level, one perhaps needs just as many financial resources as one would in Sydney or Seattle. Living in some cities in China can amount to up to $1500 a month.
Tuition fees of Chinese universities are quite low compared with that of the UK/USA. The estimated tuition fee for public universities ranges from 3300 USD (around 20,000 RMB) to 9900 USD (around 60,000 RMB) per year, and between 10000USD to 50000USD per year for private universities.
EMPLOYMENT POSSIBILITIES IN CHINA
China recently passed a policy to allow international students at Chinese universities nationwide to take part-time jobs during their studies to make the country’s higher educational system more attractive. Additionally, international students in Beijing and Shanghai are allowed to take part-time jobs or internships off-campus as long as they obtain approval from their academic institutions and the entry and exit administrative authorities.
After graduating as a postgraduate student, you can obtain a Chinese work permit without having to prove a minimum of two years’ work experience outside China.