Basic Information about People’s Republic of China

Overview of China

9,600,000  square kilometers
1.36 billion (2012)
Standard Chinese (Putonghua)
Officially atheist, Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam (over 22 million), Catholicism (over 4 million) and Protestantism (over 10 million).
Renminbi (yuan) (\) (CNY)
Per capita
2013 estimate
$13.374 trillion
GDP (nominal)
Per capita
2013 estimate
$8.939 trillion
Time zone
China Standard Time (UTC+8)
Date format
Drives on the
Calling code

Why Study in China

China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students because of its long history and exciting culture. Study abroad in China allows you to view things from a Chinese perspective. Merging the knowledge of both China and your home country will give you an advantage to explore potential opportunities in China for the future.

Standards of Education

China education is the largest education system in the world. On June 2013, there were 9.12 million students taking the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gao Kao) in China. Investment in education accounts for about 4% of total GDP in China. In 1986, the Chinese government passed a compulsory education law, making nine years of education mandatory for all Chinese children. Today, the Ministry of Education estimates that 99.7 percent of the population area of the country has achieved universal nine-year basic education. International students have enrolled in over 690 higher education institutions in China. China has a long history of providing education to international students studying in high schools and universities in China. Over the past few years, the number of international students who study abroad in China has significantly increased every year.

The higher education sector has growth as well. China has increased the proportion of its college-age population in higher education to over 20 percent now from 1.4 percent in 1978. At the same time, China is improving the quality of education through a major effort at school curriculum reform.

China has a consistent teacher development system. Teaching has historically been and remains today a highly respected profession in China. Teachers have strong preparation in their subject matter and prospective teachers spend a great deal of time observing the classrooms of experienced teachers, often in schools attached to their universities. Once teachers are employed in school, there is a system of induction and continuous professional development in which groups of teachers work together with master teachers on lesson plans and improvement.

Types of Educational Institutions in China

Higher education is provided by institutions of various types including general universities, technical universities, specialized institutions and teacher-training colleges, etc. And modeling on the US, Chinese higher education provides three levels of study.

University level first stage: Undergraduate
The Chinese higher education system comprises 4-year undergraduate programs in universities, specialized institutes and academies, which lead to a Bachelor’s Degree (Xueshi), while studies at medical colleges and some polytechnic institutes require 5 years.

University level second stage: Postgraduate
Students can obtain a Master’s Degree (Shuoshi) after generally two or three years of successful study following the Bachelor’s degree, research and the submission of a thesis. Students are required to study courses in the first half of the program period. They can only enter the dissertation preparation stage if they have completed all required courses and obtained the required minimum of credits.

University level third stage: Doctorate

Doctoral degree (Boshi) program can be completed in a minimum of three years following the Master’s degree. Students must have been recommended by at least two associate professors or professors who are specialists in the field. A dissertation must be presented which must prove that the candidate?fs academic ability to undertake independent research and has made a significant contribution to the field. Honorary Doctor’s degree is conferred by a college or university with the approval of the Degree Committee of the State Council to the outstanding scholars.

Tuition and Scholarships in China

The Chinese Government Scholarship Scheme awards scholarships in China for international students. It is established by the Ministry of Education of P.R. China (hereinafter referred to as MOE) in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings reached between Chinese government and governments of other countries, organizations, education institutions and relevant international organizations to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships to international students and scholars.

Host Institution(s):
International student applicants for the China Scholarship Program shall choose their host institutions and subjects from the Chinese Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) under the Program. Please check the  Directory of the Chinese Institutions and see which Universities participate in the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

Field(s) of study:
The scholarship program covers a wide range of studies accredited by Chinese HEIs under the program.

Target group:
The scholarships are for international students wishing to study in China.

Scholarship value/inclusions:
Full Scholarship*
? Exempt from registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship, and fee for basic learning materials; free accommodation on campus;
?  Living allowance;
?  One-off settlement subsidy after registration;
?  Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China;
?  One-off inter-city travel subsidy.

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good health.
2. Education background and age limit:
?  Applicants for undergraduate program must have senior high school diploma with good academic performance and be under the age of 25.
?  Applicants for master?fs degree program must have bachelor?fs degree and be under the age of 35.
?  Applicants for doctoral degree program must have master?fs degree and be under the age of 40.
?  Applicants for Chinese training program must have senior high school diploma and be under the age of 35, Chinese language is the only subject available.
?  Applicants for general scholar program must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study and be under the age of 45, all subjects besides Chinese language are available.
?  Applicants for senior scholar program must have master?fs degree or above, or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50.

Application instructions:
Applicants shall apply to Chinese diplomatic missions or dispatching authorities between January and April every year. Applicants shall consult the dispatching authorities about details on the application period and procedures. It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and to find detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.