Education in China

China is a popular study destination for international students, because of its endless opportunities in higher education. For instance, students pursuing higher education in China can get hold of lucrative salary package on successful completion of their course. The colleges and universities offer courses at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. With more that 594 institutions in China, every year an increasing number of international students enroll here.


At the undergraduate level, China offers 2 and 3-year junior colleges. These colleges offer courses in both vocational and academic subjects. In addition, there are some colleges and universities that offer 3-year and 4-year graduate programs.

Top Colleges in China

  • Anhui International College of Medicine
  • Wenzhou Medical College
  • China College of Marine Technology and Commerce
  • Guangdong College of Pharmacy
  • Shanxi Medical College
  • College of Urban and Environmental Sciences
  • Pengkang College
  • Chongshi College
  • College of Foreign Language and Literature
  • College of Continuing education

Top Universities in China

  • Peking University, Beijing
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai
  • Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
  • Nanjing University, Nanjing
  • Tsinghua University , Beijing
  • University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei
  • Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou
  • Renmin University of China, Beijing

Scholarships Offered to International Students

The Government of China has introduced numerous scholarship schemes for international students. The aim of introducing these scholarship programs is not only to provide financial support toward education of the students but also to strengthen the bond between China and other countries. Some of the scholarship schemes that are of help to international students include:

  • Chinese Government Scholarship Scheme
  • CHINA/UNESCO – the Great Wall Fellowship Scheme
  • Study in Asia Scholarship Scheme
  • China/AUN Scholarship Scheme
  • China/Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Scholarship Scheme
  • China/Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Scholarship Scheme
  • Chinese Government Special Scholarship Scheme-University Postgraduate Program
  • Chinese Government Special Scholarship Scheme-Degree Oriented Program in Provinces and Autonomous Regions
  • Distinguished International Students Scholarship Scheme
  • Chinese Culture Research Fellowship Scheme

The Chinese Government offers both full and partial scholarships to international students. The former scholarship program covers medical insurance, tuition fees, basic stationery expenses, living allowances, accommodation charges, travel allowance and one time settlement fees whereas the latter comprises one or more ( not all) of these expenses.

Top Schools in Different Courses

  • Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management
  • Guangdong College of Pharmacy
  • Guiyang Medical College
  • Hebei Medical College
  • Helungjiang Commerce College
  • Inner Mongolia Medical College

Student’s Visa

International students can apply for the Students visa (X visa) if they are coming to China for higher studies and need to stay in the country for more than 6 months.

Education System in China

In China, the education system is classified into three levels namely the basic education, higher education and adult education. According to the education law of China, each child must pursue 9 years of formal education.