Are you interested in studying in China? There has never been a better time to study in the fastest growing economy. Get ahead of the rest, and give you career a head start, by building a greater understanding of China. Studying in China will be an adventure that you will never forget, and it will put you in good stead for China’s economic rise, while also providing you with sought after transferrable skills and cultural experience that will give you an edge in the job market

About Chinese Universities

With over 2,000 Universities, and over 7 million Chinese students graduating from University each year, China has the largest network of Universities in the world. With 377,054 international students studying in China in 2014, China is now the third largest study abroad destination (after US and UK). From the beautiful campus and cherry blossom of Wuhan University, to studying at Shanghai Jiaotong University in the bustling streets of Shanghai, and studying Chinese at the Central Academy of Drama in the old city of Beijing. You are sure to have a unique experience in China. There hundreds of high quality programs in English, and short term Chinese language programs. Such as: Economics, Business, Finance, Law, or Chinese. You can study for 1 semester, 1 year, or take a Master’s or PhD program. Check out our searchable list of over 800 high quality programs by clicking on this link, SIEA also provides a free consulting service on skype to help students to choose programs, and assist you to apply.


To proceed with studying in China, you first need to choose a suitable program, and start preparing your documents. We provide a free consulting service to you at [email protected]

Cost of Studying in China

How much does it cost to study in China?

When preparing to study in China, it is important to calculate how much money you will need to cover for your expenes. Some Universities require students to provide a letter from whoever is paying the fees to guarantee that they can cover the cost of the program. It is in nobody’s interest for a student to drop out of the program because they haven’t budgeted properly.

The good news is that the cost of studying and living in China is comparatively low to other countries, as an example, the subway in Beijing costs 2 RMB for each trip, and you can buy a beer for the same price (the cost of text books are low too.)

The main categories of costs for studying in China are:

– Application Fee ($250 USD)

– Visa Application Fee

– Tuition Fee (varies according to each program)

– Books and supplies

– Insurance – insurance is necessary and students can’t register without it, students can arrange it themselves, or they can buy can be arranged when you arrive in China, Ping An has an insurance policy for students which costs 600 RMB per year.

– Accommodation – this depends on whether you are staying in campus or off campus.

– Flight Tickets – this will depend on which country you are flying from. You can find cheap flights on

– Food / Eating out – this will depend on you and your habits, University food can be very affordable and can cost 10 RMB or less for each meal. Eating outside the University can also be cheap.

– Other Living Expenses – what other things do you like to do in your spare time? Playing sport, going out to bars or restaurants.

Before coming to China it is a good idea to use the above categories to make a budget for how much you expect to spend in each category. Try to add a little bit extra than you think in each category, and something to cover for emergencies. It is always better to have spent less than you expected than the other way around.

Then when you come to China, try to keep a record of your expenses every month so you can keep track of where your money is going.

University Accommodation in China

Depending on the University, International Students can choose to live on campus in University dormitories or off Campus.

University Accommodation – On-Campus Dormitories

Typical University accommodation is good quality by internationals standards, the price can vary according to the University from 450 RMB per semester at China University of Political Science and Law, to 80-150 RMB per day at Beijing Language and Culture University.

Universities in China have been going through a period of development and investment and there are more and more newer dormitory buildings.  Universities will have a range of rooms from single to shared rooms, and some with showers and toilets in that room, others will have toilets and showers shared by students on the same floor.  The internet and water fees will usually be included in the price. Below are some pictures of Beihang University accommodation.

Some Universities, such as UIBE, Peking University, Beijing Language and Culture University have limited space for international students and can’t guarantee accommodation for international students. In this case it can be difficult to book accommodation. It can also be difficult to book accommodation because they will not accept bookings in advance, and rooms are allocated on registration.Normally it isn’t possible to stay in the same accommodation as Chinese students because international and Chinese students are separated, but if you want to have more opportunities to practice Chinese, you can request to live with Hong Kong or Taiwan students. 

Advantages of Living On Campus

The advantages of living on campus are that you can be closer to the University classes, you will have less time to travel to University, and it is usually cheaper and easier than trying to rent an apartment yourself.

University Accommodation – Off-Campus Apartments

If you want to stay off campus you will need to organise apartments yourself.


There are also a number of available scholarships in China. Students need to be sponsored by an institution in order to get a scholarship. The institution can be the Chinese embassy in your country or University. The scholarships are only open to students who are applying to start in September, not in February.


Did you graduate from high school? With great grades! That’s amazing!
                      Are you English-native speaker or can you offer English language certificate?
                      Do you want to study postgraduate programs with full scholarship in China?
                      According to the relevant data that there are only 10 out of 100 students who can successfully get this type scholarship because of the fierce competition of scholarship application.
                      So, a good way and recommend Institution is the key to get scholarship.

Here, SIEA will be your side and help you apply for the Chinese scholarship.

Service Fee & Quota

Service Fee: 450 $   350 $  (Students can get the discount only through above "Apply" button in this page.)

When to Apply?

From March 12 to March  26, 2018.  Scholarships results will be announced in July.
 Notes for Application
1. If students who failed to apply for China government scholarship, students will have another chance to apply for other university scholarship programs, the application service fee is not refundable.
2. SIEA will make every efforts to help students apply for scholarship but not guaranteed.
3. Your good scholarship materials will improve your admission rate.


Step 1: Submit your documents as guided. SIEA will process your application materials, recommend you to the university and keep updating about result.

Step 2: Wait for our counselors to communicate with you. To confirm the program you want to apply for and send you the application form

Step 3: Click the “Pay Now”  to pay for the application service fee and enjoy the discount. 

Step 4: Email your payment certificate to [email protected] with the subject "March Full Scholarship Application+ XXX or screenshot the payment page you have finished in SIEA.