Ready to study in China? Find out more about life in some of China’s major student cities…
Universities in Beijing
Out of the 25 Chinese institutions featured in the QS World University Rankings 2013/14, five are based in Beijing, the Chinese capital. The highest ranked of universities in Beijing is Peking University (ranked 46), which is increasing its offering programs taught in English, in order to attract more international students. The university is also accepting more students through the Confucius Institute Scholarship Program, which aims to promote Chinese language and culture around the world.
Also in Beijing is Tsinghua University, the second highest ranking Chinese institution at 48 in the world, which offers a selection of master’s programs in English. Other top universities in Beijing include Beijing Normal University (252), Renmin University of China (401-450) and Beijing Institute of Technology (451-450).
Beijing is one of the most populous cities in the world (home to almost 21 million people). With plenty of nightspots and cultural attractions to choose from, international students certainly won’t have any difficulty finding opportunities to become immersed in local culture, while practicing their Mandarin. For those not fluent in the language, many signs are written in English.
Universities in Shanghai
Three universities in Shanghai feature in this year’s rankings: Fudan University (ranked 88); Shanghai Jiao Tong University (123); and Tongji University (481-490). The first two are in the C9 league of elite universities, indicating that China’s ambition of creating something like a US Ivy League is showing results.
Shanghai is the most expensive Chinese city to live in (source: China.org.cn), but this also means that it’s where many of the jobs are, which may make it attractive for those hoping to find a part-time job during studies, or full time employment after graduation.
Homesick international students in Shanghai might want to visit one of the “copycat” towns in the suburbs around the city, for a fix of their own culture. These include Spanish, British, Scandinavian, Canadian, Dutch, Italian and German settlements. Perhaps the best known is Thames Town, an eerily quiet English replica complete with cobbled streets, old English pubs and a statue of Sir Winston Churchill… all labeled with Chinese signs.
Universities in Xi'an
Xi'an is one of the oldest cities in China, with enough precious relics and historical sites to keep history devotees happy throughout their studies. One of the most famous and impressive sites is the Terracotta Warriors, which were made to be buried with the First Emperor Qin Shihuang, to serve him in the afterlife.
Universities in Xi’an include Xi'an Jiaotong University, which has benefitted from both Project 211 and Project 985, with a resultant strong presence in the QS rankings. There’s also Northwestern Polytechnical University, Northwest University, and Xian International Studies University, all of which have focused on establishing international relations with other institutions worldwide.
Universities in Shandong
The hometown of Confucius now has a population of 91 million, so there is always plenty going on. This includes festivals throughout the year, opera and arts and crafts. The Shandong style of cuisine is also generally accepted as the most popular in China. Universities in Shandong include Shandong University, one of the largest in China, which has also benefitted from Project 211. Others are the Ocean University of China, Shandong Jianzhu University, Shandong Normal University and the University of Jinan.