5 Tips for Studying Abroad in China

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Studying abroad is one of the most valuable things you can do. It can increase your employability, cultural knowledge, global citizenship skills, and more. It isn't always easy, though; there are always challenges to living, studying, and working in a different culture than your own. Luckily, these challenges are not specific to any particular region, but have more to do with cultural adjustments.
Students that desire to head to China for their education should start early to address these challenges, including logistics (especially a Chinese visa), language, and culture.

5 Tips for Studying Abroad in China

Here are our top 5 tips for Studying Abroad in China:

1. Where to study

China is a vast country blessed with many universities. The country is densely populated; it is not surprising that it has many universities. The good news is that there are schools specializing in applied science, technology, culture, art, etc. The cost of studying in China is reasonable. Also, if you want to work while studying, there are regions, like Beijing, where it is possible. The combination of costs and work options can guide your choice.

cityscape at night. From 5 Tips for Studying Abroad in China

2. Choosing the Right City 

China is enormous! Along with the large variety of universities, there are many, many cities. You should consider the university as well as the city. Shanghai, for instance, is the largest city in China, with many job prospects. This is a good option for people that want to work while studying. Beijing is China's center of culture and politics. Hangzhou stands out as one of the most beautiful cities in China. Hangzhou is the right destination for economics, fine art, and nature. The highlight of most Chinese cities is that the costs and standard of living are low. 

Beijing. From 5 Tips for Studying Abroad in China

3. Language

This is an obvious one for every international student. The language challenge is there, and sadly, Chinese is one of the most challenging languages to learn. As a result, communicating with students, teachers, and residents could pose a problem. Address this ahead of time: enroll in a Chinese class! Make Chinese friends, as the time spent together can go a long way to brush up your skills. Study the language in whatever format you learn in best.

4. Culture

China is a vast country, rich in diverse cultures. This makes it essential for international students to learn about Chinese culture and people. Keep an open mind about cultural adjustment and your own ethnocentric biases. This will help smooth your daily interactions; remember, we are always learning!

The Great Wall of China. From 5 Tips for Studying Abroad in China

5. Accommodation and Living

This is a pretty common challenge for all international students, globally, so it is essential to sort out your accommodations before studying abroad. Most universities do have a housing option for students, and a special arrangement for international students. There are also accommodations off campus. 


Studying abroad can be challenging (especially the logistics!), but it is SO worth it. Have you studied abroad in China? We'd love to hear about it, and share your story!