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1. General data of United States students studying in China

According to the statistics released by Tencent in 2020, the number of United States students studying in China:

  • In 2011, 15647 students
  • In 2013, 25312 students
  • In 2014, 24203 students
  • In 2015, 21975 students
  • In 2020, 23292 students


2. Major of United States students studying in China (data source Education News)

Most of the United States students studying in China are studying for bachelor’s degrees, some for a graduate degree, and some for junior college or non-degree courses.


From the perspective of all learning programs, there are few United States students studying for a junior college degree and non-degree, most of them are studying for bachelor degree, and few are studying for the graduate student.


Most United States students studying in China choose to study in research universities with doctoral training ability, while the rest study in universities or colleges with master training ability.


Some institutions report that United States students are increasingly interested in China, in part because of the growing number of Chinese students on United States campuses.


There are more United States students majoring in liberal arts, and the number of United States students majoring in engineering, management, science, art, and agriculture has increased significantly.


Among them, the five most popular majors of United States students are Traditional Chinese medicine, civil engineering, Chinese language and literature, automation, and veterinary medicine.


On a single subject, the number of United States students majoring in Chinese language and literature in China is the largest.


3. Welfare treatment for United States students in China

China Scholarship Council is responsible for the enrollment and the administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs. Now, 289 designated Chinese universities offer a wide variety of academic programs in science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, economics, legal studies, management, education, history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts for scholarship recipients at all levels.


CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS include Bilateral Programs, Chinese University Programs, Great Wall Program, EU Program, AUN Program, PIF Program, WMO Program, etc.


For more information, please visit the China Scholarship Council website

Source: China Scholarship Council


4. Why do United States students choose to study in China

data source: China Daily


Different students have different views on this. Let me give you an example:

Talking about the experience of studying in China:

(1) Sabrina, a graduate of Brooklyn College of City University of New York.

She said: “I am very lucky to be able to travel to China and the United States many times.

China has amazing potential and is the future of the world. ” Sabrina has just returned from her visit to China as a project assistant of the Institute’s overseas China research program.

Before that, she had visited China both in middle school and university“ It’s hard to study in China, but it’s a transformative and worthwhile experience. ” Sabrina recalled, “it was a challenging experience in my life, but it was the most cherished.” During her study in Luoyang, Henan Province, Sabrina traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Nanjing, and other big cities in China.


Through living and communicating with local people, she continued to integrate into Chinese society.

She saw a China that was not in United States books“ Every time I go to China, I can learn something new. ” She said that United States education does not mention much outside the United States, so “China is a mysterious country to me”.

Sabrina believes that the United States has many misunderstandings about China. After going to China, she found that what the United States learned about China was not completely true.


(2)Lopez, student of Rutgers University.

He was also impressed by the hospitality of the Chinese people.

In May this year, he participated in a two-week project to go to China for exchange.

Like many United States students who have been to China, Sabrina and Lopez are attracted by China’s long history, diverse culture, and dynamic society“ It’s very meaningful to see and experience China with our own eyes “Lopez said.

I know China is an ancient civilization, but I never thought its culture was so far-reaching and complex.

We may often talk about it, but we never really understand it. ” As a student majoring in English and education, Lopez was surprised by the diversity of the Chinese language.

Apart from mandarin, there are several major dialectal language families, each of which has its own evolution.

he was deeply touched by the value of family in Chinese culture That’s important. It’s missing from United States culture.

“The United States usually pursue better job opportunities and financial resources for their own sake, and Chinese people also pursue them, but most of them are for their families,” he said.


5.Some points for attention in the application

data source: campus china


Studying in China is the same as studying in other countries in the world. An international student needs to visit the website of the university/department which he/she wants to apply for and understand the requirements and qualifications, and then begin to prepare the materials.


The basic materials for application:

  • Application form
  • Highest degree certification and transcript
  • Reference letter
  • Study plan


If any specific material is needed, please prepare and submit such a document according to the school’s requirements.

After completing your application procedure, you can go on applying for the scholarship. For more information, please read the “Scholarship Guide” column of this website.

If you have completed the aforesaid procedures, please be patient and wait for the result. If you want to know the result of the scholarship application, please contact the relevant department.

What do I need to do if I am already admitted to a Chinese college or university?

When you receive the admission notice, you should start preparing for the following aspects before coming to China:


5.1.Go to the local Chinese embassy to apply for a study visa

Please make sure to apply for a study visa (X visa) for studying in China. The X1 visa is a long-term convertible visa and must be converted into a residence permit within 30 days after entering China.

The X2 visa is a short-term non-convertible visa. A holder of such a visa is only allowed to go to China and back once and stay in China for 180 days at most. Therefore, if you will study in China for more than 180 days, you need to apply for an X1 visa (residence permit); if less than 180 days, you need to apply for an X2 visa.


The materials for visa application usually include:

One original and one photocopy of passport (Please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months and has blank visa pages.)

One original and one photocopy of the Application Form for Foreign Students Studying in China (JW 201 or JW 202)

One original and one photocopy of the Admission Notice issued by the Chinese college/university


For more details, please visit the following website:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China:

China Consular Service:

*An international student must hold a Study Visa (X visa). If a Tourist visa ( L Visa) holder wants to convert it to a study visa after he/she enters the country, he/she may be required to re-enter after leaving China. Therefore, this practice is not recommended.


5.2. Read Admission Notice carefully and contact your school timely

Admission Notice usually contains admission information such as major, duration of studies, and language used in teaching, and registration information such as time, place, and materials needed for freshman registration.

*Freshmen are encouraged to confirm their accommodation arrangement with the school in advance, so as to avoid the situation of being unable to stay in the dorm due to room shortage. The usual ways to contact the school are email and telephone.

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