General Situation of International Students Education
Foreign students education in New China began in 1950 and has developed a lot in recent years. According to statistics, more than 41,000 foreign students of all types within the academic school year of 1995-1996 came from 125 countries and regions.
The foreign students in China included trainees focusing on languages, undergraduates, postgraduates, doctoral students, common trainees, advanced trainees, research scholars, and participants of all kinds of short-term training courses.
Universities in China employ distinctive teaching and training methods in line with the different conditions and requirements of the foreign students.
Languages trainees: Those Chinese language learners who have graduated from high school or who have an equivalent diploma. Usually the courses last 1 or 2 years, and training certificates are granted after the course work is finished.
Undergraduates: The course work is completed in 4-5 years in accordance with China'seducation systemand educational plan for Chinese undergraduates. Lectures for international students are given together with native Chinese students. Some selected courses are omitted while other courses are specially added in accordance to the distinct conditions of foreign students. Bachelor's degree will be granted after necessary examinations are passed and graduation theses are finished.
Postgraduates: The course is completed in 2-3 years in line with China's education system and education plan for Chinese postgraduates. The students will receive a Master's degree after they complete relevant courses, pass examinations, finish a postgraduate thesis, and successfully hold oral graduation examinations under the direction of tutors in line with the educating plan.
Doctoral students: The education is conducted 3 years in accordance with China's education system and education plan for Chinese doctoral students. The students will receive a doctorate after they complete relevant courses, pass examinations, and finish a doctoral graduationpaperand the thesis with the training plan under the direction of tutors.
Common Trainees: The foreign students taking refresher courses may choose to have classes together with Chinese students or take courses separately according to the subjects. The training term lasts 1 or 2 years. Refresher certificates will be awarded after examinations or tests are passed.
Advanced trainees: A tutor will be assigned to direct the research work and university authorities will arrange social surveys and visits concerned with research subject as determined ahead of time in accordance with research subjects. The research term lasts 1 or 2 years. Refresher certificates are awarded after the refresher plan is accomplished.
Research scholars: In line with a researched subject, a tutor will be assigned by the university authorities even though the research work is mainly done by the scholars independently. Related surveys and visits will be confirmed and arranged ahead of time. The research term is determined in accordance with the needs of research.
Foreign students are encouraged to work toward postgraduates and doctoral degrees in Chinese universities, and those who have graduated in China are welcome to return for further education. Courses conducted directly in foreign languages are available for these students in some universities.
Types and Qualifications of Foreign Students Accepted
Undergraduates: Those under the age of 25, with a high school diploma or equivalent that is equal to or above the level of a similar diploma or equivalent from high schools in China, and who have passed examination held by the (Chinese) university or college are admitted as undergraduates.