Planning for Your Study

The information is a summary of requirements from different universities, only to provide an easy overview for you. For the most recent information, you are recommended to visit the websites of the universities before application. It might be a good idea to contact the admission office or the foreign students’ office of the university.

 

How to Make a Choice

Of course we cannot tell you what choice you should make, but here are some questions you might want to consider.

-       In which city do you prefer to study?

-       What kind of programme are you interested in?

-       What kind of environment do you like?

-       How much money are you willing to spend?

-       How long will you spend in China?

 

How to Apply

Time

Application time is from January 1st to April 30th for international students on inter-governmental bilateral exchange programmes. Applicants should apply through their own country's organizations in charge of selecting students to study overseas. Degree programmes begin in September at most universities. A small number of programmes allow February or March intake. Each programme has a corresponding application deadline. The schools usually require 4-8 weeks to process your application and to prepare your visa application form. Please do not forget to pay the application fee in order to ensure that you receive the School Admission Notice in time to apply for a Chinese visa so that you may enrol on time.

 

 

Documents

In most cases, you will need to send in the application forms, a certified copy of the transcript of your highest diploma and your passport. Sometimes a proof of HSK/TOEFL is also required. Most programmes other than language courses also require a study plan or research proposal and one or two letters of recommendation. Application fees should be paid beforehand or included in the application. Registration fees can be paid at the time of registration. Requirements for application materials also differ between different study levels. The table below lists the general requirement for additional documents for each type of study.


 

Study

Application and Enrolment

Undergraduate

Foreigner equal to or above graduate from high school in China, having passed examination held by the university or college.

Graduate

Foreigner equal to or above graduate from high school in China, having passed examination held by the university or college.

PhD

Postgraduate, recommended by two associate professors or professors, passed entrance examination.

 

English

Normally, universities require TOEFL grades for English-taught programmes. For exchange students, if the whole curriculum of the education in the Netherlands is conducted in English, a proof of English proficiency from the home university might be used to exempt the student from TOEFL test.

 

Chinese

HSK is the “HanYu ShuiPing KaoShi”, a test of Chinese proficiency. In most cases, an HSK level 6 of Mandarin proficiency is required for regular courses. It is a common requirement if you want to work or study in a Mandarin speaking country. In the Netherlands it is possible to take HSK exams in Leiden University. To prepare yourself for the test, you can take some courses at university language centres or the Confucius Institutes15 in Leiden, Den Haag and Groningen.

 

Admissions and Notification

Following submission of all necessary documents within a month or two, the university will send you the admission notice, a JW202 form (Visa Application for Study in China) and guide for new students. After you have received the documents, you may apply for a visa. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after leaving China. 

 

Registration

International students must arrive at and formally register in the institution at the time specified in the Admission Notice. Upon registration you might also need to have a proof of insurance coverage. Those who are unable to register before the specified time must ask for permission from the institution directly. Those who fail to register without the prior consent of the institution will be considered as voluntarily giving up their enrolment. Also, some universities only accept cash for registration fee.

 

Application

Application procedures for Chinese universities are generally easy. Most applications take place from January to April for international students. In most cases, you will need to send in the application forms, a certified copy of the transcript of your highest diploma and your passport.

 

It is not a bad idea to start your preparations one year in advance so as to reduce the unpleasant surprises after arrival, and you won’t easily run the risk of study delay.

 

 

 

last modified Dec 22, 2015 03:18 AM