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Engineering in China

Engineering Education in China -Detailed introduction

China is today the largest producer of engineering graduates in the world, with some 600,000 passing out of its colleges and universities last year. Compared to India and China, the United States produces only 70,000 engineering graduates every year. All of Europe produces just 100,000.

More and more Chinese universities nowadays offer all types of engineering courses available to international students in English medium. The duration of a bachelor degree course lasts for four years, 2-3 years for master degree and 3-5 years for doctoral degree. The starting dates of these engineering courses are most in September and some in March or April every year. The tuition fees differ based on schools as well as cities, but the average annual tuition fees range from 12,000 to 20,000 Chinese yuan. Currently, you don’t need to show your English level if you want to get a bachelor degree in an English-taught program, especially if you are a native English speaker.

Future Opportunities

China is the world’s second largest economy after the United States. It is the world's fastest-growing major economy, with average GDP growth rates of 10% during the past 30 years. Most of the world top 500 companies are doing business in China, to name a few, Mercedes-Benz, General Motor, British Petroleum and Siemens etc have launched their plants and world class assemble lines in China. Many of these companies have established cooperation relationship with Chinese universities to absorb overseas students for internship and employment. For example, Siemens China has established cooperation relationship with more than 70 Chinese universities and vocational colleges since 2004 and it has brought Siemens’ advanced training program and other internship projects into those institutes. Many overseas students moved into these international groups after graduation in China with some of them assigned as general managers to subsidiaries in America, the UK and other advanced countries.

There are also great chances that you can take part in the bilateral overseas engineering projects carried by Chinese government like infrastructure construction and resource development in countries like Ghana, South Africa and Pakistan etc. Familiar with your home country and expertise in engineering technique, there is great chance for you to be in charge of these engineering projects and find your way to realize your dream as well as serve your country. Recent news reported by Xinhua (Chinese Official Press Medium) that China is ready to take their bilateral relations to a next level by provide financial and technical assistance to Pakistan for launching its first satellite. A great number of these kind of projets are being carried by Chinese government nowadays.


Chinese President Hu Jintao sign engineering projects with leaders from other friendly states

The rise of China and its promising domestic market has made it clear that people who can speak Chinese and have a deeper understanding of Chinese society and economy are going to have a great advantage in the global job market. The trend of multinational corporations accelerating their expansion into Chinese domestic market and the increasingly oversea engineering projects carried by Chinese government have generated great needs of engineering graduates with international background especially those who can speak Chinese.

Location and Standard 

China's engineering education has reached world standards, and lots of universities have established cooperation relationships with overseas institutes.

Many of China's universities have engineering related programs taught in English. With locations of these institutes spread the country, it is wise for you to decide which city suit you best.

Beijing and Shanghai are China's two largest cities and serve as the nation’s economic and cultural centers. With the excellent teaching quality of the universities in these two cities, Beihang UniversityBeijing University of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureDonghua University, and The Sino-British College, USSTEast China University of Science and Technology are highly recommended.


The 26.4 miles long Cross-sea Bridge which is under construction in Jiaozhou Bay, Qingdao, will surpass the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (24 miles) in New Orland, America, and become the longest cross-sea bridge in the world 

Qingdao is a fast-growing coastal city with many highly reputed universities offering engineering related courses. The city boasts legions of international trade and more than 200 of the world top 500 companies had their production units in Qingdao which offers international graduates great job opportunities. The China University of Petroleum is known as one of the major state universities and is a 211 institute which is specialized in petroleum engineering courses and many international students who seek higher education in CUP have become experts in petroleum industry. The Shandong University of Science and Technology and Qingdao University of Science and Technology are also good choices for international students who are interested in studying engineering in China. Besides, the provincial scholarships for international student also make studying in Qingdao both enjoyable and affordable.

Another good option is South China University of Technology located in Guangzhou.

Besides above cities, universities in other smaller cities also enjoy high standards of teaching with considerable lower costs of living. Some of the universities include Liaoning Shihua University in ShenyangHuazhong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan University of Technology in Wuhan etc.

To find more about cities in China, visit city guide on our website 
Student's Words


"The Electrical Engineering program in Huazhong University of Science and Technology offers me great technical understanding and strong interpersonal skills. Really appreciate that.”

 ——Muhammad Saleem, Pakistan, Supplier  Quality Electrical Engineer, GM Beijing