Many international students want to study in China for various reasons because there are many high-ranked universities in China. Universities such as Tsinghua and Peking University are one of the highest ranked universities in the world. They are just like the Harvard and Princeton of China. Tuition in China is cheap. Compared to its equals in the US, China offers equivalent education at a cheaper rate even for international students. The tuition for all four years in some Chinese universities is cheaper than one year at some of the Western Universities. Let’s take a closer look at the cost of tuition fees in China, shall we?
Compared with the UK or US, studying in China costs far less. However, it is still considerably more expensive than in some European countries. Depending on the institution and the subject, students can expect to pay between 11,480 to 20,880 Yuan per academic year (£1,320 to £2,400). However, programmes in medicine, engineering and business cost more, averaging 159,300 to 331,885 yuan (£18,319 to £38,166) per year.
There is also the opportunity to study at American or British universities with a campus in a Chinese city. Examples include the Chinese campuses of the universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Lancaster. Tuition fees at such institutions are 53,100 to 99,565 yuan (£6,100 to £11,449) a year. The average bachelor’s degree is 79,650 yuan (£9,160) and the average master’s degree is 89,610 yuan (£10,300) a year.
There is typically an application fee for Chinese universities, which is between 597 and 995 yuan (£69 to £114). Fortunately, it never goes over about 1,327 yuan (£150). Among all the programmes offered by Chinese institutions, the bachelor of medicine and the bachelor of surgery have the most expensive application fees. The higher the university is ranked in China’s league tables, the more expensive the application fee.
Peking University – one of China’s top-ranked universities – charges an average application fee of 1,128 yuan (£129). Tuition fees are 23,230 yuan (£2,670) per year. Chinese undergraduate degrees take four years to complete. Therefore, a student at Peking should expect to spend at least 92,927 yuan (£10,686) in total on tuition.
Nanjing Tech University is the most affordable in China in terms of tuition fees. It costs about 25,130 yuan, or about £2,866 a year. The average undergraduate student would graduate having spent about 100,524 yuan (£11,464) after four years of study.