Senior High School Education
Senior high school education, which includes also vocational schools, usually starts at age 16. The fee per year ranges from 4,000 to 6,000 RMB and generally speaking students from rural areas choose to study in vocational schools in order to find jobs right after their graduation. A local company may find good technicians among the recent alumni.
The curriculum of a senior high school consists of traditional majors (Chinese, maths, chemistry, biology, information technology), plus languages such as English (or other languages, e.g. Japanese).
Higher education schools are divided into tertiary vocational school (two or three years), technological academy (three years) and an undergraduate school (four years).
Remember that if you are looking for personnel with bachelor degree, only undergraduate school students will get it.
After three year course in a graduate school, students will get their Masters degree. These students may apply to pursue a PhD degree (3 years).
Top 5 universities of China
In China there are many universities. In 2015, the top 5 include:
- Tsing-Hua University
- Peking University
- Fudan University
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Chinese University of Science and Technology
Generally speaking, all Chinese universities are multidisciplinary, but they are widely known for some specific majors such as Fudan University is very famous for modern languages and Politics courses, while, if your company is looking for a highly skilled engineer, take into consideration candidates from Shanghai Jiaotong University and Chinese University of Science and Technology.
Consider that most of Chinese Universities organize post graduate studies such as EMBA (Executive Master of Business Administration), M.A. and M.Sc. It is not uncommon to find Chinese senior executive attending classes: the reason is generally because these people wan to have a Master's degree which will lead them further in their career or sometimes, to gain more credibility with their employer and towards their foreign partners.
For further information on how to enrol into a Chinese university, have a look at this link: http://www.sicas.cn/Students/Info/Content_110625102317316.shtml.
Remember that each university has its own rules of enrolment, but generally speaking if you apply for English -taught programs, you will be required a copy of TOEFL or IELTS certificate, while if you apply for a degree course taught in Chinese, you need to provide HSK certificate to prove your Chinese language level. Generally, recommendation letters are also highly welcome.
China Scholarship Council (CSC)
This governmental institution has been set up for providing assistance to Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad and to foreign citizens wishing to study in China.
Do not forget that tuition fees in China are no longer as cheap as in the past. In some cases they can reach 95.000 RMB per academic year.
Min Ding , Jie Xu, “The Chinese Way”, Routledge, New York, 2015
- Poject 211: http://www.phdchina.org/phd/english/general/State_211_Project.pdf