At present, nearly 200 Chinese public universities and 10 language schools are making use of CUCAS's online admission system. How do you choose your ideal university? We suggest that you consider the following aspects:
1. Your preference
Do you have a favorite Chinese city or university? If there is, why not apply for it now? If you're not very familiar with China's cities, take a look at our City Guide.
In comparison to Beijing, Shanghai, and large coastal cities, the cost of living in China's inland regions is relatively low. For example, Chengdu, Xi'an,Chongqing, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, and other cities are all well-developed with beautiful scenery and many excellent universities. If you don't have a large budget, you may wish to consider these cities.
3. University Reputation & Characteristics
You can refer to the list of "Project 985" universities and the list of "Project 211" universities. They are regarded as China's top universities.
If you have a particular major that you want to study, you can choose according to the universities' expertise. For example, Beijing Language and Culture University is the earliest, most well-established and recognized university teaching foreign students Chinese. Every year, thousands of foreign students attend this university to study Chinese language and culture. Check the university rankings by subject at the bottom of the Good University Guide page.
If you're interested in studying in China but aren't fluent in Chinese, there are a number of programs taught in English, such as MBBS programs and Business programs.
4. Fellow citizens
Applicants may choose to apply to a university where you have more fellow citizens. This may help you settle in more quickly to a new environment. Or you can do the opposite and apply to a university that doesn't have that many fellow citizens. This may reduce the opportunities for you to speak your own language and in turn improve your Chinese fluency.
5. Number of Students/ International Students
Each university will provide the information on the number of students in total and the number of international students. Generally, more international students mean the university has more experience and better environment in teaching foreign students. While more students mean the university has larger scale, more teaching staff, more facilities, etc. In some words, the more means the better.