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Expenses for Studying in China

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Compared to America, UK and other western countries, the expense for studying in China is relatively reasonable. The Chinese Ministry of Education attaches a tight regulation on Chinese universities’ tuition to make it affordable for international students. Various scholarship plans provided by government and schools also make it best-valued to study in the economic vibrant and cultural glamorous China. This passage will offer you a clear look on the how much does it cost to study in China.

Expenses List for International Students

1. Application Expenses

Universities' Application Fee From 60 to 120 USD depending on schools and types of courses
SICAS Processing Fee 50 USD. You can apply for up to 7 courses.

There are several ways you can choose to make the payment. You can check ways of payment and money matters for more details. Also see cost of applying

2. Pre-departure Expenses

Medical examination fee: Chinese government requires international students who wish to study in China for more than 6 months to do a medical examination. You are asked to present your medical examination record when applying a Chinese student visa. Consult your local hospital to know the exact examination fee. In China, it usually costs around 100 USD to do the medical examination in an official hospital. Do physical examination and get your Physical Examination Record (FOREIGNER-PHYSICAL-EXAMINATION-FORM.pdf) will tell you more about Medical examination.

Visa fee:Differ from country to country; you can consult the nearest Chinese embassy for details.

Air ticket: Different airlines and countries have different prices, so please contact the local tickets office for details.

3. University Expenses

In order to register in your school, you are required to pay the following fees including tuition fee, accommodation fee, insurance fee and medical examination fee (if you are required to do it in a local hospital). The chart below shows the tuitions of Chinese universities’.

The General Tuition Fees (each field per year)






Medical field



2200-5000 USD/year

2500-6000 USD /year

3000-7000 USD/year


About 1500 USD / year

About 3000-4000 USD / year

About 2000-4500 USD / year

About 3000-6000 USD / year

Engineering field


About 1500 USD / year

2200-3500 USD / year

About 3000-4500 USD / year

4000-6000 USD/ year


About 1500 USD / year

About 2000-3000 USD / year

About 2500-4000 USD / year

About 2500 -5000USD / year

Business &Management



About 1500 USD / year

About 2000-5000 USD / year

About 3000-5000 USD / year

About 4000-6000 USD / year


About 1500 USD / year

About 1500-4000 USD / year

About 2000-4500 USD / year

About 2500-5000 USD / year

SICAS Reminder:

Medical field: MBBS/MD (medicine), Pharmaceutical, BDS (Dental of Stomatology), TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), Nursing etc
Engineering field: B.Sc., B.E., M.Sc., and M.E. of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Mining, Telecommunication, Computer software, Civil, Petroleum, Fishery etc.
Business &Management field: BBA(Bachelor of Business and Administration),MBA(Master of Business and Administration) (business management),BIT(Bachelor of International Trade),MIT(Master of International Trade),MIR(Master of International Relationship),MIE(Master of International Economics)etc.
Accommodation fee: 200-300 USD a person/ per month (depending on universities and types of rooms.)
Insurance fee: about 100 USD a year (Some universities require international students to buy themselves a specific insurance for safety consideration.)
Medical examination in China: 400CNY -800CNY depending on different cities.
Residence permit: 400CNY-1000CNY depending on how long will you stay in China. How to get a resident permit?

Living Expenses

The cost of living is relatively low in China. Daily commodities are all at very reasonable price and you can live at a rather comfortable life in China with smaller budget. Generally speaking, living in the most modernized cities like Beijing and Shanghai can cost 500 USD a month while the expenses of living can be lower than 300 USD in some smaller cities such as Qingdao, Dalian, and Jinan etc. The table below generally shows prices of some items in Chinese market.


Average Price

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

3.34 USD

Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

16.56 USD

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

0.58 USD

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

0.57 USD

Milk (regular), 1 liter

1.75 USD

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

1.29 USD

Eggs (12)

1.39 USD

Fresh Cheese (1kg)

12.94 USD

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)


Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)

2.15 USD

Taxi (5km within center)

2.52 USD

1 Pair of Levis 501

74.17 USD

1 Pair of Nike Shoes

96.85 USD

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

22.29 USD

Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

10.35 USD

Check more about prices in Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Dalian and Shenyang.