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Why Study in China? – Student Guide

Study in China

China with Inspiring Numbers

According to the report by the ministry of education China, 492,185 international students enrolled in 1004 educational institutions from 196 countries, in 2018. Nearly 60% of the students belonged to Asian countries, whereas 17% of students came from Africa, second highest in terms of percentage.

The ratio of students with respect to countries illustrates that the highest number of students came from South Korea i.e. 50,600. Second, the highest number of students comes from Thailand and the third Highest from Pakistan i.e. 28,608 and 28,023 respectively.

Beijing and Shanghai received the highest number of enrollments followed by other major provinces such as Jiangsu province, Zhejiang province, etc. In the year 2018, 12.81% percent received Chinese government scholarships; this is apart from scholarships offered by universities.

Why China Appeals to Students from Pakistan

  • Our Closest Ally and Neighbor country

Home to the largest population in the world and one of the oldest civilizations, evident from the Great Wall of China; the country is historically known for extending unconditional support to Pakistan at all forums.  We share our northeastern border with China and Khunjerab pass connect the two countries located at high altitudes. Flights operate from Pakistan to China daily and if you are looking to travel by road, you can enjoy the serenity of silk rout all the way into China via Khunjerab Pass.

  • Internationally ranked best universities

In China, you can seek admission in hundreds of universities, with a variety of programs offered, along with generous scholarships. Many of the universities in China are ranked as the world’s top universities such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, University of Science and Technology of China, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, etc.

  • Affordable cost of living and education

With lots of scholarships offered by the Chinese government and universities, students do not face problems in availing handsome exemptions of tuition fees or other expenses. Even grants and funds for research projects offered by local communities and other organizations are innumerable. For $1000 per month you can easily manage your expenses ranging from accommodation to groceries, utilities and other household and personal items, transportation and health care services, even if managed efficiently you are left with money to spend on entertainment as well.

  • Rich culture

Mandarin Chinese language spoken in China is one of the well-known and widely spoken languages in the world. Their culture is strongly intact with traditional values and you will find numerous occasion of rituals and festivals celebrated by Chinese people. The immense diversity blends you in and people are welcoming and soft-hearted. Chinese art is like Kung Fu and many others are widely practiced and revered by local Chinese people.

  • Better Chances of Learning, Growth, and Earning

China Mobile, Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and Xiaomi to name a few are the giant Chinese companies with global footprints. With bright prospects of scholarships, ease of living, renowned educational institutes, comes the key chance of landing in prestigious jobs in Multi-national companies. Chinese management is known for its effective style and they have grown into one of the most lucrative economies in the world. CPEC, one of the flagship projects of OBOR has great promising prospects for Pakistan. Projects underway alongside CPEC in Pakistan will boost the national economy and foremost important, the infrastructure of the country.

  • Big Surprise for Travel Enthusiast

China has 23 provinces and among the largest countries in the world with respect to land and population. It connects to 14 countries in its surrounding that includes, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal. Just imagine how much you can travel to explore different cultures, festivals and tourism spots in one big country. So, if you are a true enthusiast of exploring nature and traveling, china will amaze you with a variety of places to see and interact with different people, traditions, cultures, and festivals.

Study in China

Visa Categories for Studying in China

If you are planning to stay in China for more than 180 days then you must apply for X1 Visa.

The checklist of documents required for applying for this visa is as below:

  1. Passport original with at least six months of remaining validity.
  2. Completed visa application form with recent photographs.
  3. Admission letter provided by university or college in China.
  4. Visa application for study in China i.e. Form JW201 or Form JW202.

Those with X1 visa only can apply for a short time visa or “S” type visa upon expiry of their visa for no more than 180 days and this should be duly reported i.e. 30 days before your expiry of visa to the local police station.

If you are intending to stay in China for not more than 180 days then you must apply for an X2 visa. It requires the following documentation:

  1. Passport original with at least six months of remaining validity.
  2. Completed visa application form with recent photographs.
  3. Admission letter provided by university or college in China.
  4. Other necessary documentation required by Officials.

If you are found to be residing illegally in China, you will be charged a fine per day of your stay and in case of prolonging breach of law detention as well.

Also Read: Why Study Abroad – Student’s Guide

List of Chinese Government and Universities Scholarships (List is updated regularly)

Cities in Chine Best for Study and Living:

Upcoming Articles will cover each study destination individually.

  • Shanghai
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Hangzhou 
  • Xiamen

Hsinchu in Taiwan is ranked by QS ranking for 2019 as the most affordable city for students. Taiwan officially falls under the republic of China.

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