Study in China is now a lot closer than you think

China Education Center (CEC), one of the earliest websites for study abroad in China, is the most popular and trusted website to obtain information on study abroad in China. The world has become well aware that China's influence in the world economy and global policy is growing. CEC’s goal is providing updated and accurate information to international students who plan to study abroad in China. On April 2016, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced a total of 397,635 international students were studying in China in 2015. CEC connects people with the right kind of learning opportunities from China. Whether you want to learn Chinese language, study in China, take Chinese proficiency test, understand education in China or explore traditional Chinese medicine, this is the place to start.


A Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing firm, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG), has launched a three-year scholarship initiative to financially benefit outstanding Ethiopian university students. The sponsorship, launched on Tuesday, is part of XCMG's global initiative to realize its motto, "XCMG, Making a Better World," in which six countries had been chosen to benefit from the sponsorship project, according to Xiao Xiao, XCMG East Africa Regional Manager. During a period of three years, the scholarship project will benefit 27 outstanding Addis Ababa University students. Nine students will be annually selected and share close to 2,500 U.S. dollars.

Education in China

China has the largest education system in the world. On June 2016, there were 9.4 million students taking the National Higher Education Entrance Examination in China. International students have enrolled in over 811 higher education institutions throughout the country. China has a very long history of offering education to international students studying in China. The number of international students who study abroad in China has significantly increased every year.

Since China's reform, international communication and cooperation in the education sector has migrated onto a new stage of abroad studying, increasing number of foreign students studying in China, and expanding cross-border academic communication. International communication and cooperation has impelled education reform and development in China.

China Education Center (CEC) was established in 2001, one of the earliest websites for study abroad in China. Our website has Chinese (traditional and simplified), English and Korean language versions.

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In 2001, a group of educational consultants in Asia recognized the need for a website that would make study abroad in China easier for foreign students. We wanted to create a place for parents and students on the Internet, where they could obtain the most accurate information and share ideas about study abroad in China.

After years of development, China Education Center has become the most popular and trusted website for foreign students who plan to study in China. Our goal is to provide the most updated and accurate information to foreign students. CEC is also the largest China study abroad online community in Asia for students to share their study experiences in China.

As the leading information site for study abroad in China, we also provide educational consulting services to assist foreign students applying to university and high school programs in China. Since 2001, we have assisted students from over 50 countries getting into number of reputable universities in China.

Our consulting services are handled by numbers of experienced educational consultants in Asia. CEC consulting services represent student applying to school, not represent school recruiting student. We assist students applying to any university and high school program in China, not only to programs that we represent or schools listed on our website.

CEC provides a variety of services for students, parents and educators from all over the world. Whether at the research stage, choosing the right university or high school program, finding information about admissions or help with applications, the answers can be found through China Education Center's website.

Why Study Abroad in China

China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for students from all over the world because of its long history and exciting culture. Study abroad in China allows you to view things from a Chinese perspective and explore potential opportunities in China for the future. International students choose to study abroad in China with the expectation of better employment opportunities as speaking Chinese is becoming increasingly important. International students can both study and save money to study in China. Both living costs and school fees are comparatively inexpensive, especially by comparison with United States and other western countries. There are scholarships from the government, universities, foundations and corporations designed to support international students from different academic disciplines.

Airport pick up

Many universities provide airport pick up service.


Required by Ministry of Education, foreign students must be covered by medical and accidental injury insurance plan during their study in China. You can purchase medical or travel insurance in your own country or you can purchase if when you arrive in China. The foreign student medical insurance costs about RMB 300 per half year (one semester).

Postal Service

China Post is the official postal service in China, offering both domestic and international mail and parcel services. EMS (Express Mail Service) is a global mail service operated by post offices all over the world. China Post is one of its operators. The maximum weight of an EMS parcel is 30 to 40 kg for different destinations. Other international express mail services such as FedEx, DHL, UPS and TNT are also available in China.

Mobile Phone

There are three main mobile carriers in China: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. You can buy a SIM card in China and insert it into your mobile phone. A standard SIM card costs RMB100 and prepaid charging card are available in post offices, stores and newsstands, and they are easy to use with bilingual prompt.

International Phone Card

International phone cards are available in post offices, hotels and newsstands. IC and IP cards are recommended for convenience and low price.

Valuable items

We do not encourage foreign students bring unnecessary valuable items with them. Please keep all valuables (cash, watch, camera etc) in a safe place. Your personal items are your responsibility.

Drinking Water

Tap water is undrinkable in China. You are advised to drink boiled water or buy bottled water.


The voltage in China is 220. Converters and power strips may be purchased locally.


Currency circulated in China is Renminbi (abbreviated as RMB).

Time Zone

GMT + 8

Emergency Numbers

Police 110 Fire 119 Ambulance 120

Students should open local bank account in China if they are studying in China for more than three months. Foreign students can easily open bank accounts in China. You need to provide the copy of your passport and your address in China (school dormitory will do). You will receive a bank book and ATM Card after your bank account is opened. The following are the common practices for handling school fee and daily expenses in China for your easy reference:

  1. Remittance
  2. Cash Payment
  3. Traveler’s Check
  4. Credit Card

Out of these practices, Remittance requires students to set up a local account in Mainland China. And it involves complicated procedures with at least 2 to 3 days processing time. It is not suitable for any urgent cases if students need cash promptly. Major local banks in China also work with money-transfer services like Western Union and MoneyGram which is a safe and effective way to transfer money to China.

For some occasions, students carry plenty of cash exchanging RMB in Mainland China to settle school and rental fee. As a matter of fact, this is not a wise choice as there is a maximum limit for bringing cash in and risk for counterfeit note. Traveler's checks are more convenient and safer to use when traveling. You can travel without the hassle of currency exchange or concern over carrying cash. Always remember to keep the record of check numbers to separate from the checks for reference in the event of loss. The Bank of China can cash travelers' checks sold by international commercial banks and travelers' check companies in many countries. Also the Bank of China sells travelers' checks for other banking institutions such as American Express, Citibank, the Sumitomo Bank of Japan, the Swiss Banking Corporation, etc.

Using Credit Card settle payment is simple and easy but it may not be widely accepted by merchants in Mainland China. At present, the following credit cards are accepted in China: Master Card, Federal Card, Visa, American Express, JCB, and Diners Card. Cardholders can withdraw cash from the Bank of China and pay for purchases at exchange centers of the Bank of China, appointed shops, hotels, and restaurants. However, this applies only in major cities and they are not always accepted in remote areas. Also, credit cards are not always accepted for the purchase of rail and air tickets. ATMs that accept foreign cards are few and far between. Do not rely on them as a way of obtaining cash in China. Consult with your bank before departing to make sure that your credit card will be accepted.


It is required by the ministry of education in China that insurance is required for all foreign students who pursues higher education in China for a period over 6 months. Students can purchase their insurance either from their own country or from the university admission office during registration. Many universities do require students to purchase the foreign students overall insurance plan in China.

Foreign Students Overall Insurance Plan

Take Ping An Life Insurance Company, one of the major insurance companies in China, as an example. It provides a comprehensive insurance and protection scheme for foreigners staying in China. The insurance premium is RMB 300 per half year (one semester). The liability for death + accidental disability coverage is RMB 100,000. The medical treatment for accidental injury coverage is RMB 20,000. The hospitalization medical treatment insurance coverage is RMB 400,000.

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Other types of insurance for foreign students in China

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Student Health Insurance
  3. Emergency Insurance

Travel insurance is suitable for students who study less than a period of 6 months. For students who are going to study in China for more than 6 months, they should have emergency insurance or student health insurance. If students would like to choose a plan which covers outpatient in China, insurance premium will be largely increased. In fact, physical consultation is actually quite cheap in China.

In order to purchase the right insurance, students should carefully read the restriction / exception clauses in the insurance policy. Students should also carefully consider their insurance needs, especially the thoroughness of the coverage.


Students will largely rely on mobile phone as a medium of communications with your newly met Chinese friends during your stay in China. Also, a good and cheap long distance phone service should be selected so that students could keep in touch with families and friends in their home countries.

Mobile Phone Services

Students may subscribe mobile phone service arrive they arrive China. They may use the mobile phone brought from their home country but they have to ensure the mobile phone’s compatibility. Mobile phone networks cover all cities, counties and some villages in China. There are three main mobile carriers in China: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. You can buy a SIM card in China and insert it into your mobile phone. A standard SIM card costs RMB100 and prepaid charging card are available in post offices, stores and newsstands, and they are easy to use with bilingual prompt. It’s not common to sign a mobile phone service contract in China. There are lots of service packages you can join with or without a service contract.

China Mobile Service Hotline: 10086 China Unicom Service Hotline: 10010 China Telecom Service Hotline: 10000

Long Distance Phone Services

There are various long distance phone services in China. Students could simply buy an IP phone cards in the convenient stores, newsstands and supermarkets but they have to beware of the quality and the prices. IP phone cards are issued by different companies and have different rates. All you need to do is to dial an access number and input a PIN to connect. Students may also select an internet phone service, monthly tariff with unlimited talk time, which is relatively cheaper for those who will call home very often.

Roaming Services

It will be very expensive for foreign students using the roaming services from their home country. Students can alternatively select call divert services to divert calls from home country mobile into a new number issued in China which will save a lot of money.

Most international students will travel to China by flight. Direct flights are available if destinations are major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. If the students’ home countries do not offer direct flight to the destination cities, they need to book a transfer flight.

Plan your trip to China:

Students are advised to do some research before booking a flight ticket to China. Some schools are located in a city without an airport. For example, for students who are going to study in Suzhou University, they need to arrive to Shanghai’s airports first, then get to Suzhou by bus.

Points to beware:

Not every university in China provides airport pickup service. Students are advised to clarify with the admission office or office of international student affairs the exact location and the estimation of the taxi fares from airport to the school. Some of the high schools would provide airport pickup services, parents are advised to clarify the arrangement with the school.

Travel in China by train:

Travel in China by train is inexpensive, punctual and a great way to travel around the country. Trains in China are divided according to their speed into various classes, identified with different letters and numbers.

  • G - High Speed Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train
  • C - Intercity EMU
  • D - Electric Multiple Units (EMU)
  • Z - Direct Express
  • T - Express
  • K - Fast
  • K - Fast
  • Y - Tourist

High speed train runs much faster than the regular train in China. Most high speed train lines are traveling at the speed of 200 to 350 km/h. Seats are divided into second-class, first-class, business-class, super-class, and sightseeing seats.

University in China can be divided into general university, technical university, specialized university such as medical, foreign language and teacher-training university. CEC provides the Chinese university ranking for international students who want to learn more about university in China. University in China has accepted and trained international students for years. On April 2016, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced a total of 397,635 international students were studying in university in China.

The university ranking is published by Chinese University Alumni Association, which is a domestic university ranking in China, conducted independently of the government. Its ranking methodology includes the following criteria: 1) Government recognition; 2) Research; 3) Faculty; 4) Program; 5) Student; 6) Reputation.

Nowadays, foreign students are studying in universities in China not only for Chinese language, but also for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs. Learning Chinese language is an inevitable step when you apply to any national universities in China. Different academic departments have their own Chinese language requirements. Departments such as engineering and computer sciences have a lower Chinese language requirement compare to management and law.

2016 China University Ranking
Rank Name of University
1 Peking University
2 Tsinghua University
3 Fudan University
4 Wuhan University
5 Zhejiang University
6 Renmin University of China
7 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
8 Nanjing University
9 National University of Defense Technology
10 Sun Yat-sen University
11 Jilin University
12 University of Science and Technology of China
13 Huazhong University of Science and Technology
14 Sichuan University
15 Beijing Normal University
16 Nankai University
17 Xian Jiao Tong University
18 Central South University
19 Tongji University
20 Tianjin University
21 Shandong University
22 Harbin Institute of Technology
23 Xiamen University
24 Southeast University
25 Beihang University
26 Northeastern University
27 Chongqing University
28 East China Normal University
29 Dalian Universtiy of Technology
30 Beijing Institute of Technology

(Source: Chinese University Alumni Association (2016))

To find the right university in China, you need to consider what your goal of study is. For Chinese language and culture learning, you should apply to a university with good Chinese language program with cultural courses. For undergraduate and graduate degree program, you have to consider the academic standard and employment opportunities. For admission to top universities or graduate schools in China, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, admission to degree programs is limited and extremely competitive. You must be well-informed, well-prepared, and very determined to work very hard to gain admission.

For admission to top universities or graduate schools in China, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, admission to degree programs is limited and extremely competitive. You must be well-informed, well-prepared, and very determined to work very hard to gain admission.

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December 2016 - China Education News

Times Higher Education (THE) on Wednesday published the sixth annual Global University Employability Ranking, revealing that 14 Chinese universities make into the ranking. The ranking shows that employers consider Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to be the best Chinese institution at producing graduates with the skills they need for the workplace. HKUST was ranked 13th in this global ranking of 150 universities. The next five Chinese institutions to make this prestigious ranking were Peking University (17th), Fudan University (37th), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (53rd), Tsinghua University (59th) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (73rd).

Project 211 and 985

University in China can be categorized into project 211 and 985. Project 211 is the Chinese government’s new endeavor aimed at strengthening about 100 universities and key disciplinary areas as a national priority for the 21st century. Project 985 is a constructive project for founding world-class universities in the 21st century conducted by the government of the People’s Republic of China. In 2013, there are 112 universities in the project 211 and 39 universities in the project 985.

Among project 985 universities, nine universities made up the C9 League which is considered as China’s equivalent of Ivy League. The C9 League includes Fudan University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, Xian Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University. These nine universities agreed on mutual credit recognition, student exchanges, training of teaching staff and sharing their resources in many other areas