How to study for a graduate program in China
China is a very diverse country, with an impressive culture and is currently one of the global financial leaders. Studying for a graduate program is a great opportunity to be a part of all the great and innovative things happening in China.
Many of the universities in China have tremendous ratings internationally and those universities offering various graduate programs are steadily increasing, thus giving both locals and international students a chance to study in China. However, there are just about 30 universities out of about 400 that offer graduate programs in English for courses related to science, technology, arts,and humanities.
Overview of Graduate Program
In China, graduate programs are recognized as:
- Masters degrees: both research and taught Masters and are usually for a duration of at least 2 years to a maximum of 3 years;
- Doctoral degrees (D.): usually for a duration of 3 years.
To study for graduate programs in China, a student will need to apply for a study visa (X-visa) which can always be arranged for the student(s) by a great study abroad consultant.
Studying for a graduate program could cost at least 20,000RMB ($3,150) and as high as 320,000RMB ($50,000) depending on the course of study. While studying, students accrue costs associated with living and studying in China which is dependent on location and lifestyle. These costs are majorly due to on campus or private accommodation as well as costs of commuting.
Due to the extremely viable economy of China, graduate students have attractive career opportunities in manufacturing, teaching, management, technology and other in China and beyond. Funding is a huge concern for many students, therefore, it is always good to explore various scholarship opportunities like the Confucius Institute Scholarship, Chinese Government scholarships and the British Council scholarship programs designed to help attract and support international students.
The academic year starts in March and ends in January with sessions split into individual semesters (spring and autumn) and usually a 4-8 week summer study leave depending on the University. So students should make sure their applications fit any of these semesters.
To study for a graduate program in China, there are certain requirements that must be met to gain admission. They are:
- Students must have valid passports clearly showing their nationality and identification details;
- Students must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent undergraduate qualification
- Students must have referees who can recommend them for the graduate programs;
- Students must meet all medical criteria and pass all related health and medical checks;
- Students must show high proficiency in English or Mandarin in order to attend schools that fit their intended graduate programs;
- In the cases of age-limit conditions set by some schools, students should make sure they confirm such requirements before applying to these schools;
- Students should also check and confirm possible living arrangements on or off campus so that they do not get stranded after their admissions are complete and they have arrived China.
Study & Work Opportunities
Some students get worried about getting valid opportunities to work while they study in China. The government of China allows international students to undertake part-time work while they study as long as their visa is appropriate and they have obtained the necessary permits.
Even after getting the masters or doctorate degree, there are many more opportunities that students can advantage of in China as the economy needs well-educated skilled labour to thrive more.
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