Money Matters

Studying costs and living costs in China are much cheaper than those in Europe. It is also possible to finance yourself with scholarships provided by the Chinese government and universities.


Tuition Fees

Although tuition varies per university and programme, a rough indication can be given. Tuition fees for international (English) programmes are usually higher than those for the regular programmes. Language programmes vary with the length and intensity of the courses.

A Rough Estimation of Tuition Fees


Types of Study

            Tuition Fee                         (RMBs per person)

Liberal Arts

Undergraduates,  General scholars


(per academic year)

Master students,  Senior scholars


(per academic year)

Doctoral degree students


(per academic year)

Short-term students

3,000- 4,800

(per month)

Sciences, Engineering, Agronomy

0% to 30% higher than Liberal Arts students

Medicine, Physical Education, Fine Arts

50%-100%higher than Liberal Arts students


Living Costs

Life in China is generally cheap. You will be amazed that you can afford a lifestyle which is not likely possible at home. The living costs we estimated are average costs in first-tier cities (Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou). Usually, it costs less in smaller cities.



Chinese universities are campus-based. International students are offered with more luxury rooms (single or double, fully furnished) than local students (rooms for 5-8). The cost for one semester is usually between €600 and €2,500, depending on the condition and the city. Often, you can choose between different classes: single or shared, with or without private bathroom, etc. Living off campus is also possible. The cost can be slightly higher. A simple three-room apartment may cost €500-700 per month, excluding approximately €30 extra charges for utility and internet.



You can get a cheap yet tasty meal in the campus cafeteria starting from €1. Even outside the campus you will be able to order dishes starting from €1 for vegetable or €2 for meat. If you miss the food back home, you can spend a bit more for a western meal. But a bit more than €10 will already be sufficient for a large steak. These prices make cooking at home not very attractive. Some dormitories do not even have a kitchen.



Another advantage of living in China is the cheap public transportation. If you do not mind an overcrowded bus, speak a bit of Chinese and are stay alert to where to get off, the buses can get you to most places within the city for less than 30 Eurocents. Taxis are also very convenient. An average taxi ride is usually less than €4, while it is even cheaper in smaller cities. Some drivers do speak a bit of English and a note in Chinese with the address you want to go to usually suffices.



Four important scholarship programmes suitable for Dutch students are introduced. They are Chinese Government Scholarship Programme

Every year, Chinese state government creates scholarship opportunities for international students. Usually, the scholarships are only applicable for certain universities/programmes MOE appointed. Applicants should apply through the online system of CSC. Postgraduate students can apply for more than one Chinese Government Scholarship at the same time. If you are selected into more than one programme, MOE will offer you the most beneficial choice.



last modified Apr 08, 2013 11:00 AM