China is located in East Asia and borders the western part of the Pacific Ocean. It has a land area of more than 9.6 million square kilometers, and a mainland coastline of more than 18,000 kilometers. Its water area, including inland sea and marginal sea, is over 4.7 million square kilometers, in which there are more than 7,600 islands of every size. Among them, the island of Taiwan is the largest, with an area of 35,798 square kilometers. China borders 14 countries and is adjacent to 8 island countries on the sea. By provincial administrative division, China has 4 municipalities, 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions and 2 special administrative regions. Its capital is Beijing. There are 56 ethnic groups in China, which is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-dialect and multi-text country. The common language is Mandarin and standard Chinese characters. Source: The official website of the Chinese government.


Are you interested in studying in China? There has never been a better time to study in the fastest growing economy. Get ahead of the rest, and give you career a head start, by building a greater understanding of China. Studying in China will be an adventure that you will never forget, and it will put you in good stead for China’s economic rise, while also providing you with sought after transferrable skills and cultural experience that will give you an edge in the job market. With over 2,000 Universities, and over 7 million Chinese students graduating from University each year, China has the largest network of Universities in the world. With 377,054 international students studying in China in 2014, China is now the third largest study abroad destination (after US and UK). From the beautiful campus and cherry blossom of Wuhan University, to studying at Shanghai Jiaotong University in the bustling streets of Shanghai, and studying Chinese at the Central Academy of Drama in the old city of Beijing. You are sure to have a unique experience in China. For further information on Chinese Universities,


Living in China is a fascinating experience and can suit many different types of people. With the fast pace of economic growth, there are many opportunities for work or business. Chinese people are generally very welcoming and friendly to foreigners. Students can learn Chinese, kungfu, table tennis, and visit the many tourist sites in China and the surrounding region. You can also enjoy the many varieties and specialties of Chinese cuising, from hotpot, to xibei, dimsum to dumplings and roast duck.  Studying in China makes for a rich life, and huge opportunities for personal growth.

Frederick Leclarcq from UK studied the LLM Program at CUPL, here is what he said about his experience.

“CUPL has an excellent reputation in the legal world. It is interesting and exciting studying law here in Beijing. Studying law in China is an excellent opportunity and I can’t think of any better place to do it than CUPL. My classes here are always interesting, students from different cultures and legal backgrounds discuss law in China with insightful and helpful professors.”
Frederick Leclarcq
LLM Student from UK​


China’s economic importance has been rapidly rising over the last few decades. The growth they have seen in this area has been followed by an increased focus on education. The government has invested large amounts in higher education in recent years, and have pledged to have 500,000 international students enrolled in their universities by 2020. This makes China the perfect destination for international students looking to explore a new culture. China offers plenty of options at all levels of higher education, from Bachelor’s to PhD. Most programs and courses are not taught in English, so it helps to be fluent in Chinese. However, there are an increasing number of courses taught in English. Take a look at the universities that offer a course that suits you, and make sure to double check it is taught in the language you require! The majority of higher education institutions in China are public. This means that they are governed by the Ministry of Education and the Chinese government. They can be split into three different categories; research universities, comprehensive universities, colleges of professional training and higher vocational education. China has many universities that rank well in the QS World University Rankings. There are 21 Chinese universities in the top 500, and 6 in the top 100. The highest ranked is Tsinghua University, which comes in at 25th. The Chinese education system has their own ranking for their universities. It is known as the C9 League and is comparable to the Ivy League in America. If you wish to gain employment in China after your studies, it might be useful to explore your study options at one of the C9 ranked institutions, as they are can be more highly regarded by Chinese employers.


China uses the Renminbi (RMB) as their official currency, however it is more widely referred to as the Yuan (CNY). In comparison to countries such as America or Great Britain, China is a relatively inexpensive place to study. This means that you will be getting a high quality education for a reasonable price. As is the case in most countries, the larger cities will be more expensive for tuition fees and living costs than the smaller cities and towns. Course fees will vary depending on your program me, as well as the level you wish to study at. The tuition fees are subject to change every year, so make sure you know how much your course costs. On average, you should expect to pay between CNY 18,000 and CNY 63,400 per year, depending on the level of studies. To put this into perspective, CNY 18,000 is around £2,000/$2,600, and CNY 63,400 is around £7,000/$9,200. Similar to the tuition fees, cost of living in China is also reasonably low compared to other international study destinations. It is estimated that if you were to live in Beijing, your annual living costs would be around CNY 24,000. This equates to around £2,700/$3,500. Another cost that you need to consider is health insurance. Many universities provide health insurance at a reasonable cost. You must also have a current medical examination before you can begin studying. This can be done either in your home country or when you arrive in China. You can contact your chosen institution to get more information about health insurance and possible vaccination requirements prior to your studies. China is quickly developing and emerging as a nation of world class quality education. It’s no surprise it’s becoming a popular destination for international students. Due to their aim to attract more international students, there are many exciting scholarships offered, making studying in China a realistic goal for international students.



Once your place at university has been secured and you have proof of this, you need to apply for a visa. This can be done at the Chinese embassy in you home country. If you will be staying in China for six months or more then you need a study visa, also known as an X1-visa. If you do not receive your admission documents in time, it is possible for you to arrive in China on a tourist visa (L-visa) and then convert this to an X1-visa when you arrive.

To apply for your X1-visa, you will need an original passport with at least 6 months validity remaining and blank visa pages, a completed visa application form with a recent colour passport photo, the original and photocopy of the admissions letter from your institution as well as the original and photocopy of the Visa Application for Study in China form (for JW202 or JW202). For more information about the visa requirements and application process, visit the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre website.


The official language is Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin. It is spoken across the country, but most communities also speak a local dialect. Although many young people and students speak English, don’t miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture. The ability to speak Chinese is widely desired, with it becoming an important business language.

Courses and programmes are offered in English and Chinese. If you choose to study in Chinese, you will have to prove that your language skills will meet the teaching standards. The same rule applies if you choose to study in English but it is not your native language. It is common for institutions to offer language courses to allow students to improve their required language. Contact your chosen institution if you need to take a language course prior to your studies.