How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023

Hi there. Today we will talk about how to apply for a Chinese university, so let’s get started.

Higher education in China has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with an increasing number of institutes appearing. Directives including Project 211 and Project 985 – which aim to improve the standards of the top 100 and 40 Chinese universities respectively – combined with huge national investment have seen China’s reputation in the education sector rocket up the rankings.

An enormous country, home to more than 20 percent of the people on Earth, China has one of the fastest developing economies. Students looking to study abroad have an increasing number of options and China is becoming increasingly popular. It could be great for your career Knowledge and experience of China is an assets in many industries.

How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023
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China is striving to build more world-class universities and investing heavily in higher education. Aside from China’s unique Chinese language, calligraphy, martial arts and other cultural subjects, Chinese degree programs in majors such as engineering, science, medicine, economics and trade, MBA as well as finance, are highly revered.

As for those who do not know any Chinese, many universities offer degree programs taught in English, so you can earn your degree while learning the most widely spoken language in the world. Thanks to the wealth of academic programs available, you’re almost certain to find a Chinese study abroad program right for you.

Next, I will tell you how to apply for a Chinese university in 2023 step by step,

Let’s diving it~

1, Choose the appropriate course:

Before starting the registration process at a university in China, it’s necessary to choose the program that matches your aspirations. Also, fits your previous studies i.e., a diploma or a bachelor.

Generally, there are many programs available in English from which you can choose, such as Master of Computer Science, Master of International Economics, and Master of Engineering.

How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023
Study MBBS in China

Some of the most popular Subjects in China for International Students:

  • Clinical Medicine.
  • International Economics and Trade.
  • Computer Science and Technology.
  • Business Administration.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Civil Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Architecture.

2, Choosing the right university in China to apply to:

It is very important to choose the right places to study in such a huge country, like China. The final choice you make can have a huge impact on your overall learning experience in China. The first step is to understand what you want to study and where you want to spend your time in China.

Some things you might want to consider are:

  • cost of living (especially rental housing).
  • campus location.
  • non-academic opportunities.
  • local dialects.
  • university rankings and reputation.
How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023

Some of the best universities are given below :

  • Peking University         Beijing
  • Tsinghua University     Beijing
  • Fudan University          Shanghai
  • Zhejiang University      Zhejiang
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai
  • University of Science and Technology of China Anhui
  • Nanjing University       Jiangsu
  • Wuhan University        Hubei
  • Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)            Guangdong
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology Hubei

And there are some lists you can choose your ideal university:


As of 2022, Tsinghua University ranked 14th in the world by the 2023 QS World University Rankings and 16th globally by the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2021, Tsinghua ranked first in the Asia-Pacific region by THE Asia University Rankings and the U.S. News & World Report.

3, Prepare well before registering:

Don’t be in a hurry when choosing a university or the major you want to study. Similarly, take your time thinking well and read all the information.

Think carefully and read all of the information. Check that your qualifications are in line with what the university requires. Not to mention that admission to a Chinese university is based on having a degree with a high success rate, such as GPA.

Moreover, Chinese universities have a certain age for students wishing to register for a bachelor’s degree, which must not be above 30 years or 40 years for those wishing to register for a master’s degree.

4, University and Government Requirements:

To apply to Chinese universities, applicants must have the appropriate qualifications, be in a reliable financial state, and have a guarantor in China. Moreover, they should have a clean criminal record, proven by a non-criminal certificate notarized and certified by a Chinese embassy. Some official disciplines restrict the number of international students from certain countries. So, make sure you check out if your country is eligible and if you can get a spot in the sector you are applying to. You might have to make sure that you have a NOC (No Objection Certificate) indicating that you are qualified to come to China.

How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023
NOC (No objection certificate currently release from Hainan medical university)

These requirements depend mostly on the institution you apply to. You can check below the list of the documentation you might be asked to provide. Furthermore, the requirements are in accordance with the level of degree you enroll in (for a bachelor, you need a high school diploma, for a master a bachelor, and so on). 

If you apply for programs in Mandarin Chinese, you need to provide your HSK examination results to prove your proficiency in the Chinese language. The same for courses in English, where you need IELTS or TOEFL examination scores. But those who already hold an academic degree taught in English don’t need to provide their IELTS/TOEFL test scores.

5, Where and how to Apply for a Chinese University?

You have a number of options such as:

1-Registration directly through the official website of the university.

2-you can also use WentChina to apply to Chinese universities. It is really convenient.

How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023

Basically, in this section, you can fill out the application form which includes the student’s personal information, the certificates or majors, and the languages that the student knows.

You need to Input your passport number and select a Program and subject. After that, you have to pick two universities that you prefer. It’s really simple and easy to fill out.

3- You can also use China admissions or SACBU site to apply.

6, Documents required:

A set of documents necessary for registration at a university in China must be provided. These documents are as follows:

  • A copy of the valid passport
  • A personal photo of the candidate (passport size)
  • Medical Insurance Certificate
  • Copy of the student ID
  • Certificate of clear criminal record
  • Letter of guarantee for admission
  • Documents proving the financial ability of the student (bank certificate)
  • Certificate obtained i.e., majors and diploma

Other documents may be requested depending on each university separately.

Documents accepted for Proficiency in English:


The registration fee varies according to each university in China. And can be paid from their website.

7, University Acceptance

After paying the deposit fee to the university, they will then prepare your admission package, which includes your admissions notice and JW202 form (visa form), which usually takes a couple of weeks. Once these documents are ready, the university will send your admission package via postage to your current home address.

Once you are accepted to the university you will get an admission notice and will be asked to pay fees.

8, Visa application

After you receive the admission package from the university, you will need to go to the Chinese embassy in your country.

Visa documentation is as follows:

  1. White background professional photo
  2. Original Valid Passport
  3. Original and copy of Admission Notice
  4. Original and copy of JW202 form
  5. Visa application form
  6. Bank statement (with finances enough to cover at least 6 months to 1 year of your expenses in China)
  7. Additional documents as required by the Chinese embassy in your country.

In my case, the first visa was for 1 month and I had to the visa office after arriving in China to get a new visa which was for almost 1 year.

How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023

9, University Registration

After your arrival at the university, you will need to go to the university office and do the registration. Don’t forget to bring your Passport, Photo, Admission Notice, and the Foreigner Physical Examination Form with you. Some universities might ask for the tuition fee payment to be paid during the registration day (by cash or bank transfer), but you can opt to do an international bank transfer from your home country to pay for the tuition fee before you arrive in China. Make sure to bring a copy of the payment receipt on the registration day as well.

How to Apply for a Chinese University in 2023

After registration, you will have the exact course information and schedule. Please note that you will need to register at the local police station within 24 hours of your arrival in China and get the Accommodation Registration Form (住宿登记). For the X1 visa holder, the university will then help you extend your X1 visa to the Temporary Residence Permit in China, which is valid for 1 year.

You will need to extend your student visa (temporary residence permit) in China for the next year, until the end of your duration of the study. And if you change your residence, for example, if you were staying in the university dorm previously and now you want to live outside in your own apartment, you have to go to the police station within 24 hours to get a new registration certificate.

Okay, That is all steps about How to Apply for a Chinese University, it is your time to apply to the university you want to study. and feel free to ask me if you have any other questions.

Wish you have a great studying trip in China.

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