6 Chinese universities are in the top 100 universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings. These are: Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and University of Science and Technology of China. There are also national rankings of the country: project 211, project 985 and league C9 - they were combined into The World First Class University and First Class Academic Discipline Construction (世界一流大学和一流学科建设) - the goal of which is to create world-class universities and disciplines up to the end of 2050. It includes 42 universities and 465 priority disciplines represented in 147 universities.
The language of instruction is Chinese and English. When choosing a field of study, it should be taken into account that most of the undergraduate specialties are presented with Chinese as the language of instruction. Master's and doctoral students have much more choice for programs in English.
Bachelor's studies last 4 years, 6 years in the case of medical education. Master's studies last 2, 2.5 and 3 years. Doctoral studies last 4-5 years.
To apply for Chinese-taught programs, you need to provide HSK 4-5 for undergraduate, HSK 5-6 for master's and HSK 6 for doctoral studies.
Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit an IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo EnglishTest certificate to apply for English-taught programs. Minimum score is 6.0. While studying in English, students also attend Chinese classes.
At some universities, when applying for undergraduate programs, there are entrance tests in mathematics, English/Chinese, physics/chemistry.
Some universities offer a Pre-University Program so that applicants can improve their language skills, academic performance and cultural adaptability. In this way, students can lay a solid foundation for their further undergraduate studies. There are programs for students who continue to study the language and for students with zero knowledge of the language. Their duration is 1 and 2 years, respectively. Students study Chinese in depth, as well as mathematics, English, physics and chemistry.
It is also possible to get a dual degree. For example, CUHK-Tsinghua University Dual Undergraduate Degree Program in Economics provides students with the opportunity to receive 2 international degrees in Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Bachelor of Economics, as well as the necessary analytical tools and knowledge to start a career related to the Chinese economy and financial markets.
The Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (HE) is a collaboration in the field of Biomedical Sciences between Zhejiang University of China and The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
The cost of such programs is above average, but it is also possible to get a 25%, 50% or 100% discount on tuition fees.
The cost of studying at various universities can be as follows:
- Bachelor's degree in Chinese - ￥15,000-25,000 per year
- Bachelor's degree in English - ￥21,000-80,000 per year
- master's degree in Chinese - ￥20,000-30,000 per year
- master's degree in English - ￥30,000-40,000 per year
- PhD – ￥20000-50000 per year
- Tuition for an MBA program is ¥100,000 or more.
Tuition fees depend on the length of study, the level of the university and the language of instruction.