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TOP-10 prestigious schools and colleges in China where international students can get preparation courses for admission to university

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Every year China attracts many foreign students from all over the world with high-quality educational services, interesting culture and unique culture. SMAPSE offers TOP-10 prestigious Chinese schools and colleges that provide high-quality preparation courses that will help enter prestigious universities in China and in the world. Studying in one of 10 best schools in China gives a great opportunity to get deep knowledge and open wide career prospects in the future.

Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

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Higher education in China: ranking, advantages, features

The Chinese government is making efforts to increase the overall level of programs, reorganize the system of national academic education in general and bring studies in TOP-100 best universities in the country in full compliance with international standards, and ensure high-quality preparation for a university in China.

Wishing to take one of the leading positions in the world market of academic education in the near future not only by the criterion of the number of students, but also by the criterion of the quality and competitiveness of the acquired knowledge and skills of graduates, China at the federal level draws attention to the following components of the learning process:

  • regular verification of the level of knowledge of teachers
  • fight against corruption inside colleges and polytechnics
  • development of research centers based on universities
  • stability of financing to improve the material base of educational institutions
  • improving the university infrastructure (the presence on the basis of universities of sports sections, communities).

The coordinated and focused efforts of the authorities are bearing fruit: in 2018, 21 universities managed to enter the list of TOP-500 in the world (data published by the authoritative international ranking of universities QS World University Rankings).

Prospects for foreign students

Education at TOP universities in China, as well as preparation for a university in China, can be conducted in English and in Chinese. Both languages are international and accepted around the world for communication in business circles. In fact, knowing both English and Chinese, one can be 100% sure of further employment in the field of management in any economic segment - both in Asian countries and in the Western world.

Due to growing power of the Chinese economy, European educational institutions open their branches there. As part of their activities, they hold professional exhibitions, where for the best students there is a chance to get an internship in one of the European companies with a further prospect of entering the permanent staff.

Benefits of Chinese Academic Courses for foreign students

One of the key advantages of higher education in China is its cost.

Although China is a promising, rapidly developing country, the average price for an academic degree is many times lower than if an applicant wanted to graduate from a bachelor's, master's or doctoral program in the same specialty in Europe or North America. And at the same time, the relatively affordable cost of programs does not necessarily mean the worst quality of graduate studying - this is eloquently evidenced by the fact that Chinese universities annually enter the various international ratings of educational institutions.

Excellent command of the Chinese language is an indirect but significant advantage of education in China. Even if you master the programs of banking, business management or go to study at a medical university - one way or another, and mastery of the state language of the republic. Even in the case of teaching in English (which is found, but not common), life and culture of the country will force and help to learn the language of hieroglyphs. Chinese remains one of the 6 official languages of the UN and a business mediator in Asia.

The government is deliberately working to improve the status of diplomas received in China: as part of this task, an agreement has been signed on the mutual recognition of academic degrees with 64 countries of the world. So, having graduated from one of the Chinese universities, you can become a recognized specialist far beyond the borders of the republic itself.

Tuition fees for getting higher education for international students

Education in TOP-3 elite universities in China can cost about $90.000 per year: these figures are due to the exceptionally rich infrastructure and outstanding research work within the institutions. At the same time, prices in other educational institutions of TOP-10 prestigious universities in the country are several times lower. The table below shows the comparative amount required to pay for studies at 7 rating universities.

The name of the university


Cost per year

Henan University

Undergraduate, State

from 5000 $

Huanghe Shuili Zhiye Jishu Xueyuan

Undergraduate, State

from 5000 $

Mandarin House Hong Kong

Undergraduate studies; state

from 6000 $

Beijing Union University

Undergraduate studies; state

from $ 30,000

Istituto Maranoni Shanghai

Master, English

from $ 25,000

HULT International Business School

Master, English

from $ 46,000

Zhejiang University (Zheda)

Undergraduate, State

from 5000 $

When preparing for university, you should be aware that not always mandatory costs are directly included in tuition fees. This is possible if we are talking about private closed colleges, where full board is provided, but if other forms of educational institutions are preferred, then you need to remember that for foreign students, there are expenses:

  • medical checkup
  • rent a dorm room or apartment
  • Internet, utilities
  • food, transport, necessary things for life.

On average, one year of living and studying in China will cost 15.000$ -17.000$ (the cost of training itself is about 5 thousand in the case of this example).

To get more detailed and accurate information about the cost and features of studying at the desired university, write to SMAPSE experts. We can provide comprehensive answers to all your questions. 

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+

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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