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TOP-100 prestigious schools, colleges and universities in China where international students can get high-quality higer education

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Today, China is the leading country among best destinations for educational tourism according to foreign students. China attracts international students with high-quality educational services, a wide range of schools and colleges, exciting cultural programs and unique culture. SMAPSE offers TOP-100 prestigious schools, colleges and universities in China where international students can get high-quality and balanced higher education that will open wide career opportunitites. 

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Higher Education in China for international students

China is a country with a leading world economy that affects the national system of academic education: the more ambitious the goals of the state, the more powerful and competitive are universities and higher education. The rapid development of the high-tech industry needs a huge number of specialists who have received fundamental, high-quality academic education. 

In order to increase rankings of the entire system of national university education, the Chinese authorities launched a course on the reorganization of education at universities. The country is making efforts to ensure that student life in China is leaping closer to recognized international standards for the quality of education in universities. Among the important changes are:

  • an opportunity to study in English
  • paid form of study
  • creation of elite universities that fully comply with international requirements
  • focus on the comprehensive development of the individual, especially on the health and athletic shape of students.

Innovations are bearing fruit: in 2018, according to the Shanghai ARWU ranking of universities, among the 500 best educational institutions in the world, the Chinese managed to occupy 46 positions! 2 Chinese universities have entered TOP-100 universities in the world.

Tuition fees in ranking universities in China for foreign students

Speaking about the prices for studying in China, it is important to note that students with different budgets will be able to find a suitable university. Higher education in China for foreigners can cost from 3.000$ and up to 99.000$ in the most prestigious universities. Such a significant difference in the pricing of institutions is explained by the quality of teaching, as well as the infrastructure and housing conditions that the university offers.

Consider the comparative prices for studying (undergraduate) in TOP-3 universities in China:

Name of the university


Cost per year

INTO Dongbei

Undergraduate English

from $ 95,000

INTO Nankai University

Undergraduate English

from $ 99,000



What affects the cost of studying in China? In addition to the highest quality of teaching and the fact that yesterday’s students of these universities do not remain without work:

  • own research centers
  • the presence of student clinics
  • accommodation in comfortable modern apartments, double rooms
  • huge variety of sports sections
  • all kinds of scientific, artistic, theatrical communities
  • international student exchange programs.

How to go to study abroad?

Higher education in China provides applicants with a wide selection of forms and degrees. The dream of living and studying in China can be realized through international student exchange, summer schools, specialized linguistic programs for studying the Chinese language, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

Well-known is the fact that for foreign students there is an opportunity to enter Chinese universities immediately after school at the age of 17. 

1. First you need to choose a specialty. Many students see their main goal in learning Chinese, popular areas are also considered:

  • management
  • engineering
  • banking
  • building
  • pedagogy.

It is wonderful for a student to determine in which country he would like to work in the future. 

2. Having decided on specialization, you can choose a university. In order to make an informed decision, it is important to pay attention not only to the cost of studying, but also to feedback and success in finding jobs for current and yesterday’s students. The fact that the university managed to occupy a brilliant ranking position in TOP Chinese universities or independent external lists of the best educational institutions in the world also plays an important role.

3. When the desired university is selected, it is up to the practical steps. It is necessary to submit documents online, it is possible (but not necessary), additionally undergo a medical examination, confirm the absence of a criminal record and the presence of a certain amount in the bank.

4. Next, the university sends an invitation to study - and you can go on the road!

Each university has its own characteristics, requirements and many nuances that cannot be described on a common basis. If you feel that the idea of getting a higher education in China is relevant for you, then without further doubt contact us for a free consultation! We will be able to answer any questions and clarify each stage of your future actions on the road of foreign students.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Top 50 universities in the USA

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2 Stanford University
3 Harvard University
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
5 University of Chicago
6 Princeton University
7 Cornell University
8 University of Pennsylvania
9 Yale University
10 Columbia University
11 Johns Hopkins University
12 Duke University
13 Northwestern University
14 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
15 New York University
16 Carnegie Mellon University
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison
18 Brown University
19 University of Washington
20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
21 Rice University
22 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
23 Boston University
24 University of California, Davis
25 Washington University in St. Louis
26 Purdue University
27 University of Southern California
28 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
29 University of Maryland, College Park
30 University of Pittsburgh
31 Michigan State University
32 Emory University
33 University of Minnesota
34 University of Florida
35 University of Rochester
36 Case Western Reserve University
37 Texas A&M University
38 University of Virginia
39 Vanderbilt University
40 University of Colorado Boulder
41 Dartmouth College
42 University of Notre Dame
43 Arizona State University
44 University of California, Irvine
45 Georgetown University
46 Tufts University
47    University of Miami
48 North Carolina State University
49 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Cost of living in China

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 168 340
Food 146 240
Transportation 18 44
Communications and utilities 31 37
Clothing 24 89
Sports and leisure 23 76
Total 410 827


Accommodation in China

Shared room outside of centre 169
Shared room in city centre 343
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 277
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 493


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