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University in China


University in China can be divided into general university, technical university, specialized university such as medical, foreign language and teacher-training university. University in China has accepted and educated international students for years. CEC provides the Chinese university ranking for international students who want to know more about university in China. In April 2019, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced a total of 492,185 international students were studying in China in 2018.

The university ranking is published by Chinese University Alumni Association, which is a domestic university ranking in China, conducted independently of the government. Its ranking methodology includes the following criteria: 1) Government recognition; 2) Research; 3) Faculty; 4) Program; 5) Student; 6) Reputation.

Nowadays, foreign students are studying in universities in China not only for Chinese language, but also for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs. Learning Chinese language is an inevitable step when you apply to any national universities in China. Different academic departments have their own Chinese language requirements. Departments such as engineering and computer sciences have a lower Chinese language requirement compare to management and law.

2021 China University Ranking

Rank Name of University
1 Peking University
2 Tsinghua University
3 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
4 Zhejiang University
5 Huazhong University of Science and Technology
6 Nanjing University
7 Xian Jiao Tong University
7 Fudan University
9 University of Science and Technology of China
10 Tianjin University
10 Jilin University
10 Beijing Normal University
10 Wuhan University
14 Renmin University of China
15 Harbin Institute of Technology
16 Sun Yat-sen University
17 Nankai University
18 Sichuan University
19 Shandong University
20 Beihang University
21 Xiamen University
22 Tongji University
23 Southeast University
24 East China Normal University
24 Dalian Universtiy of Technology
26 Beijing Institute of Technology
27 Northwestern Polytechnical University
28 South China University of Technology
29 Central South University
30 China Agricultural University

(Source: Chinese University Alumni Association (2021))

Admission to Top University in China

In order to choose the right university in China, you need to set your goal of study. For Chinese language and culture learning, you should apply to a university with good Chinese language program with cultural courses. For undergraduate and graduate degree program, you have to consider the academic standard and employment opportunities. When applying to top universities in China, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, admission to Chinese taught degree program is considered competitive. You must be well-informed, well-prepared, and very determined to work very hard to gain admission.

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Project 211 and 985

Project 211 is the Chinese government’s new endeavor aimed at strengthening about 100 universities and key disciplinary areas as a national priority for the 21st century. Project 985 is a constructive project for founding world-class universities in the 21st century conducted by the government of the People’s Republic of China. There are 112 universities in the project 211 and 39 universities in the project 985.

Among project 985 universities, nine universities made up the C9 League which is considered as China’s equivalent of Ivy League. The C9 League includes Fudan University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, Xian Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University. These nine universities agreed on mutual credit recognition, student exchanges, training of teaching staff and sharing their resources in many other areas.

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