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How much does it cost to study in China?

The cost of studying in China is relatively low. A variety of scholarship programs have been established to help overseas students study in China, including three which are run by CUCAS. Scholarship candidate qualifications will only be evaluated on the basis of successful school admission.

The following is a breakdown of expenses you will have to pay:

Application Fees

  • CUCAS Service Fee: 0
  • University Application Fee: 60-120 U.S. dollars depending on the program

For example: When you submit your application for the first time, you only need to pay the application fee requested by each university. Application fee is non-refundable. To find out how to make a payment, you can go to the Help Center and find the third section "Payment Methods" on the left column.

Pre-departure Expenses

After receiving the admission notice of the university, you may need to pay:

  • Medical Examination Fee: The Chinese government requires foreign citizens who wish to study in China to pass a medical examination. You can choose to have the medical examination at your local hospital, for details please consult the local hospital. You can also have the medical examination after you arrive in China. Please be advised that the Chinese Embassy in your country may require applicants who study for over one semester to take a medical examination when you apply for a visa.
  • Visa Fee: Different countries and regions have different visa fees, please consult your nearest Chinese Embassies and Chinese Consulates.
  • Airfare: Different countries and regions have different airfare, please ask your local airlines.

University Fees

Upon arrival at the university, you may have to pay:

  • Tuition: 2000-4000 U.S. dollars a year (depending on the school and major)
  • Accommodation: 200-300 U.S. dollars a month (depending on the school and the city where the school is located)
  • Insurance: about 100 U.S. dollars (RMB 600) a year
  • Medical Examination Fee: (if not already taken in home country): The cost of a medical examination in China depends on each city’s local health and epidemic prevention department. In Beijing the cost is around 100 U.S. dollars.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in China is relatively low, the general cost of living in large cities is roughly 200-500 dollars a month, while living in a small city is usually lower than 200 USD a month.

Location Meal charge per month (in RMB) Transportation fare (in RMB)
Beijing 1500-2000 10
Shanghai 1000 12
Tianjin 500-800 8
Hebei Province 800 5
Hubei Province 1500 6
Hunan Province 600-800 8
Guangzhou 400-900 7
Heilongjiang Province 400 9
Jilin Province 400 5
Liaoning Province 900 8
Jiangsu Province 600 9
600 9
Zhejiang Provice 600 5
Wenzhou 450 10
Fujian Province 500 8
Shandong Province 600 7
1000 10
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 500 7
Hainan Province 450 5
Chongqing 500 5
Sichuan Province 600-1000 5
Yunnan Province 700 9
Shaanxi Province 800 6
Shanxi Province 400 6
Remarks: Transportation fare is the minimum fare of taking a taxi.

The cost of entertainment and tourism depends on your choice of destination and preferences, the average cost of inter-provincial holiday travel is around 200-500 U.S. dollars.

For information about exchange rates, please visit Bank of China.

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