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Generally, education in China can be divided into the following stages:

Pre-school education is for the 3-5 years old children in kindergartens.

Primary education is for 6-11 years old children. Primary schools are usually run by local educational authorities, and in some cases, by enterprises and individuals.  

Secondary school provided to 12-17 years old children. Education of this kind is business authorities are classified as secondary schools or vocational high schools whose graduates hold the same degree studying as graduates senior middle schools and sorts of secondary professional schools whose graduates enjoy some privileges as from colleges. In particular, public secondary schools include junior middle schools and senior middle schools, both for three years of study. Students graduating from junior schools usually go to common senior middle schools, and parts of them go to vocational high schools or secondary professional schools for 3-5 years of studying.   

Higher education constituted by those for vocational college students, undergraduates, postgraduates and doctorial students. Higher education is performed by universities, colleges, institutes and vocational colleges. These institutions bear the three major tasks of raising courses, doing scientific researches and providing social services.

The Chinese education system is the largest state-run education system in the world.

More than 220,000 foreigners are studying in China.

US Students choose china as the first destination for abroad education.

China has 99% youth literacy rate.

China has an estimated 30,000 organizations or companies offering private English classes.

International Students are enrolled in over 775 higher education institutions throughout China.

Study in China is inexpensive. The following table is only a rough guide to expenses for self-supporting foreign students. Tuition rates for different programs in different universities vary tremendously; the cost of living in different parts of China also varies. The general fee structure of the intuitions in China is listed below:-

Level Fees

Chinese-language trainee’s US $1,700-3,200

Postgraduate student’s US $2,200-3,700

Doctoral student’s US $2,700-4,200

Tuition fee Science Based Subject

Undergraduate US $1,800-6,400

Postgraduate’s US $2,600-7,400

Doctoral student’s US $2,900-8,400

Short-term student’s US $350-1,200

Inevitably for an economy that is growing so quickly, the cost of living in China is not quite as cheap as it used to be. The cost of living in Shanghai, China’s most expensive city, is estimated to be roughly half that of New York.

With accommodation costing between US$200 and US$300 per month (depending on the city), and transport a handful of small change, you’ll be spared the financial turmoil of students elsewhere.

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate.


One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached.

Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship).

Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

Original and photocopy of “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

Besides the documentation mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa on a case by case basis.