Expenses for Studying in China

Expenses for Studying in China

Aug,03 2015

Compared to America, UK and other western countries, the expense for studying in China is relatively reasonable. The Chinese Ministry of Education attaches a tight regulation on Chinese universities’ tuition to make it affordable for international students.

Various scholarship plans provided by government and schools also make it best-valued to study in the economic vibrant and cultural glamorous China. This passage will offer you a clear look on the how much does it cost to study in China.

Expenses List for International Students

1. Application Expenses

Universities' Application FeeFrom 150USD depending on schools and types of courses
SICAS Processing Fee50 USD. You can apply for up to 7 courses.

2. Tuition Fee Expenses

Medical fieldEnglish-TaughtNo5000-7000USD/year2500-6000 USD /year3000-7000 USD/year
Chinese-TaughtAbout 1500 USD / yearAbout 3000-4000 USD / yearAbout 2000-4500 USD / yearAbout 3000-6000 USD / year
Engineering fieldEnglish-TaughtAbout 1500 USD / year2200-3500 USD / yearAbout 3000-4500 USD / year4000-6000 USD/ year
Chinese-TaughtAbout 1500 USD / yearAbout 2000-3000 USD / yearAbout 2500-4000 USD / yearAbout 2500 -5000USD / year
Business &Management fieldEnglish-TaughtAbout 1500 USD / yearAbout 2000-5000 USD / yearAbout 3000-5000 USD / yearAbout 4000-6000 USD / year
Chinese-TaughtAbout 1500 USD / yearAbout 1500-4000 USD / yearAbout 2000-4500 USD / yearAbout 2500-5000 USD / year

SICAS Reminder:

Medical field: MBBS/MD (medicine), Pharmaceutical, BDS (Dental of Stomatology), TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), Nursing etc

Engineering field: B.Sc., B.E., M.Sc., and M.E. of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Mining, Telecommunication, Computer software, Civil, Petroleum, Fishery etc.

Business &Management field: BBA(Bachelor of Business and Administration),MBA(Master of Business and Administration) (business management),BIT(Bachelor of International Trade),MIT(Master of International Trade),MIR(Master of International Relationship),MIE(Master of International Economics)etc.

Accommodation fee: 200-300 USD a person/ per month (depending on universities and types of rooms.)

Insurance fee:
about 100 USD a year (Some universities require international students to buy themselves a specific insurance for safety consideration.)

Medical examination in China:
400CNY -800CNY depending on different cities.

Residence permit: 400CNY-1000CNY depending on how long will you stay in China. How to get a resident permit?

Living Expenses

The cost of living is relatively low in China. Daily commodities are all at very reasonable price and you can live at a rather comfortable life in China with smaller budget. Generally speaking, living in the most modernized cities like Beijing and Shanghai can cost 500 USD a month while the expenses of living can be lower than 300 USD in some smaller cities such as Qingdao, Dalian, and Jinan etc. The table below generally shows prices of some items in Chinese market.

ItemsAverage Price
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant3.34 USD
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course16.56 USD
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)0.58 USD
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)0.57 USD
Milk (regular), 1 liter1.75 USD
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)1.29 USD
Eggs (12)1.39 USD
Fresh Cheese (1kg)12.94 USD
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)3.40USD
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)2.15 USD
Taxi (5km within center)2.52 USD
1 Pair of Levis 50174.17 USD
1 Pair of Nike Shoes96.85 USD
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult22.29 USD
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat10USD