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Cost of Tuition, Living, Insurance and Visa Fee for Studying in China 2020 Update

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Cost of Tuition, Living, Insurance and Visa Fee for Studying in China 2020 Update.

Cost of Studying in China: A thought about studying in China isn’t a bad one to start with. Having imagined the temples, colorful cities, colorful enticing festivals of the Chinese, and the amazing culture the Chinese and of all its educational standards.

Cost of Studying in China

It’s obvious you definitely have thought well but you will also need to think about the cost you will be making before you leave to study in China and that which you will make during the course of your stay in China as an international student.

This important and helpful knowledge on the needful cost revolves around your cost of accommodation, cost of a visa, cost of medical insurance, cost of transportation, and your tuition fee while in China.

Luckily, this article has got you covered on the exact cost you will be making before and while studying in China.

Chinese Education System

China education is the largest education system in the world and in June 2018, there were 9.75 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 above 99 percent of the school-age children have received a universal nine-year basic education.

The Chinese education system is divided into three years of kindergarten, six years of primary school, and three to six years of secondary education, often followed by several years of higher education.

Kindergartens and primary schools are usually run by local education authorities or even private enterprises.

Higher education is provided by institutions of various types including general and technical universities, specialized institutions, professional universities, military institutions, medical schools and colleges, independent colleges, and adult higher education institutions of various types.

Entry to university depends primarily on how well the students perform in the entrance examinations.

Students with outstanding academic performance in their secondary schools can also possibly be granted an exemption from the entrance examination and be recommended directly to the university of their choice through a method called (baosong 保送).

In addition, some private institutions are exempted from the NCEE (gaokao) and accept all students who can afford the tuition fees.

Prestigious universities (key institutions) maintain higher admission standards and therefore require higher NCEE (gaokao) scores than other institutions. Entry to higher education in China is highly competitive.

The closing date for applications is usually in April or May of the year of entry. The majority of universities only have an autumn entry, starting in September.

Tuition Fees in China

A student’s score in the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gaokao) is the primary consideration used for admission into universities in China. Regional education development imbalance leads to the different treatment of students from different regions.

Enrollment rules in China are based on the scores on the Gaokao, but a given university’s minimum score threshold varies depending on the province an applicant is from and the degree of competition in applicants from the province.

The more you have more top universities in a region, the better chances its students will be enrolled in a top university.

Depending on the institution and the subject, students can expect to pay between 11,480 to 20,880 yuan per academic year (£1,320 to £2,400).

However, programs in medicine, engineering, and business cost more, averaging 159,300 to 331,885 yuan (£18,319 to £38,166) per year.

As well as private Chinese universities, there is also the opportunity to study at American or British universities with a campus in a Chinese city, such as the Chinese campuses of the universities of Nottingham, Leicester, and Lancaster.

Tuition fees at such institutions are 53,100 to 99,565 yuan (£6,100 to £11,449) a year, with the average bachelor’s degree at 79,650 yuan (£9,160) and the average master’s degree at 89,610 yuan (£10,300) a year.

Cost of Living in China

The most common housing options in China are student residence halls (995 to 2,655 yuan, or £114 to £760 per month), renting a flat (1,660 to 6,637 yuan, or £190 to £763 for a one-bedroom apartment), a homestay with a Chinese family (2,320 to 3,650 yuan, or £267 to £420 a month, often including at least one meal a day) or a hostel, which is typically only a temporary arrangement (119 yuan or £14 a night).

Students will most likely live with a room-mate in a student residence or an apartment, paying 1,990 to 3,053 yuan (£229 to £351) for a security deposit and 331 yuan (£38) a month for water, gas and electricity bills.

Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in a city in China is on average 3,520 yuan (£335 to £419) a month.

Although cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are some of the most expensive in the world, it is possible to find good value options for housing. Rates are far lower in places such as Jiangsu, Sichuan, and Tianjin.

Visa Fees in China

There are 4 ways to submit China Visa Application, accordingly, different kinds of fees incurred.

Among all the expenses, China Visa Fee is the basic cost, additional service charge, and shipping fee will be collected, if your submission was made to China Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) and choose postal service.

China visa fee varies from different nationalities, a number of entries and duration of stay, visa types, and visiting destinations in China.

Check the detailed price guide below to know how much does a China Visa cost, prepare sufficient fee, and make the payment correctly for your China Visa Application.

The Chinese Visa Application Fee is charged by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General at a local currency rate, including visa processing of regular, express, and rush services.

Whether you apply for China Visa from the visa section/office of the Chinese Embassy and Consulate, at China Visa Application Center in the residing country or at the port of entry upon arrival in China, each applicant has to pay a certain amount of visa fees.

Chinese visa fee is largely different for different nationals, application for visa types (entry visa before departure or visa on arrival), number of entries, and duration of stay.

Nationality Number of Entries Regular Application Express Application Rush Application
US Citizens Single Entry
Double Entries
Multiple Entries for 6 Months
Multiple Entries for 1 Year & above
US$140 US$165 US$177
UK Citizens £85 £104
Canada Citizens Can$100 Can$135 Can$150
Others Citizens
(Australian, Indian…)
Single Entry US$30 US$55 US$67
Double Entries US$45 US$70 US$82
Multiple Entries for 6 Months US$60 US$85 US$97
Multiple Entries for 1 Year & above US$90 US$115 US$127

Medical Insurance Fee in China

International students are required to buy both medical insurance and personal accidental death and injury insurance, which can be obtained either in their own country or in China after arrival.

  • Insurance: about £60 (US$100) a year.
  • Medical examination fee (if not already taken in the student’s home country): the cost of a medical examination in China depends on each city’s local health and epidemic prevention department. In Beijing, the cost is around US$100.

Transportation Cost

China has excellent public transport at very low prices and even taxi rides are quite cheap.

Here is a general list of prices for public transportation:

  • Metro ride: 0.5 USD
  • Taxi rate per km: 0.33 USD
  • A 20-min taxi ride across town: 4 USD
  • City bus: 0.3 USD
  • A student pass for public transportation costs around 15 USD/month.

CSN Team.

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