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Located in East Asia, China is the most populous country in the world. Its total surface area is 9.6 million square kilometers which makes the world’s second-largest country by land area. In addition to this, China is also one of the fastest-growing economies in the world thanks to the introduction of economic reforms in 1978. China is the world’s largest exporter and importer of goods. Considered a nuclear weapons country, it has a big standing army and the second-largest Defence budget in the world. The country has a diverse topography that ranges from the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts in the drier north to subtropical forests in the wet south. China is separated by Central and South Asia by Tian Shan, Pamir, Himalaya, and Karakoram mountain ranges. China is home to a human population of 1.35 million. Almost 92 per cent of the Chinese society belongs to Hans. Other minor ethnic groups are Manchu, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Buyi, Korean, Zhuang, Miao, and Uygur. Buddhism is the majorly practiced religion of China. Other religions are Taoism, Islam and Christianity.

Important Facts
  • Capital:
    Beijing
  • Major Currencies :
    Yuan (CNY)
  • Major Cities :
    Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Xi’an
  • Major Languages :
    Mandarin
  • Neighbouring Countries :
    India, Russia, Burma, Nepal, Vietnam, Bhutan, and North Korea
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Located in East Asia, China is the most populous country in the world. Its total surface area is 9.6 million square kilometers which makes the world’s second-largest country by land area. In addition to this, China is also one of the fastest-growing economies in the world thanks to the introduction of economic reforms in 1978. China is the world’s largest exporter and importer of goods. Considered a nuclear weapons country, it has a big standing army and the second-largest Defence budget in the world. The country has a diverse topography that ranges from the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts in the drier north to subtropical forests in the wet south. China is separated by Central and South Asia by Tian Shan, Pamir, Himalaya, and Karakoram mountain ranges. China is home to a human population of 1.35 million. Almost 92 per cent of the Chinese society belongs to Hans. Other minor ethnic groups are Manchu, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Buyi, Korean, Zhuang, Miao, and Uygur. Buddhism is the majorly practiced religion of China. Other religions are Taoism, Islam and Christianity.

China has seen an annual growth of 20% in the enrollment of international students within the last decade . Reputed Chinese universities– especially the Fudan University, the Tsinghua University, and the Peking University – have seen a large increase in international students enrolling in various programs. To remove the language barrier, many universities offer courses in English. International students are required to pass a mandatory health fitness test before going to China to pursue higher studies. The most popular courses offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels are business administration, engineering and technology, fashion, health studies, and social sciences . The duration of the undergraduate program varies from four to five years, and that of post graduate program is two to three years, depending on courses. Major Chinese universities require a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score, on top of a valid senior secondary examinations certificate. In China education is a state-run system under the Ministry of Education. In 1993, the Chinese State Council started a “Stipend System”, in which students who study hard and obey state laws are given living expenses and scholarships. A few of the famous scholarships offered are the CAS, TWAS President’s Fellowship Program, BNU Scholarships for International Students, and the CBS Scholarship on IT Management among others . However, high competition makes it extremely difficult to obtain one of these scholarships.

In China every International student wishing to pursue higher education, requires a student Visa. The Visa is divided into two categories:

X1 VISA: X1 is issued to applicants who wish to go to China for field work or study for a period of more than 6 months.
X2 VISA: X2 is issued for same purpose but for duration less than 6 months.

The X category visa does not authorize an individual to work full time. X1 holders shall apply for a Temporary Residence Permit from the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) within 30 days upon entry into China. The temporary residence permit can be issued with validity of 180 days to 5 years. X2 holders shall stay in China within the duration period as indicated on the visa, and it is not necessary for them to apply for the temporary residence permit.

Processing Time
The regular processing time is 4 working days. To collect visa earlier, the express service and rush service are available. Express Service: 2-3 working days processing; extra US$ 20 will be charged. Rush Service (for emergencies): 1 working day processing; extra US$ 30 will be charged.

Visa Fees
A X1 visa costs Rs 7800 and a X2 visa costs Rs3200.

Moving to a new country with different customs and traditions can be a nightmare. However, China, with her ancient cultural diversity and decades-old legacy of love and warmth, is an easy country to which to adapt. It is easier to adapt for students moving to cities like Beijing and Shanghai, as these two cities have been strongly influenced by western culture.

EXPENSES: Foreign nationals easily can open bank accounts after moving to China. Accommodation in metropolitan cities of China may cost around $1000-1500 per annum but costs come down to $600-800 per annum in smaller cities. TRANSPORTATION: The transport system in China is one of the most advanced and economical. Modern trains and subway systems make traveling easy. The cost of transport in china is between $50-60 per month.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH: Every individual has to produce a medical health fitness certificate, detailing their current health condition. In terms of medical facilities, China has established, state of the art hospitals.

FOOD: China is known not only for her splendid history, but also for its multiple world-famous cuisines. Western fast food-chains like KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway, and so on also are spread all over China. Annual food cost varies between $1000-1200 depending upon the lifestyle.

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