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Tips to save money in china

Tips to save money in china
 
How can an international student save money while living in China? Some students have this habit of saving money and some don’t. Every year, there are around 300,000 international students leave their countries to come study abroad in China. They usually learn how to save money in China on the way after their arrival, but it takes time, and unrecognized costs. Everyone develops his or her own strategy and saving plan. After questioning students and from our own experience we have put together for you some tips about how to save money in China. 
Tip 1: Live in dormitory in your university
Apartment prices in China went up in the last decade, especially, in metropolises and big cities. We advise you to live on-campus if you are at the stage of your Chinese language learning and the accommodation on campus is relatively cheaper than to live outside of university. If you still decided to rent an apartment off-campus, you better share it with your friends, otherwise you need to pay about RMB¥2,000 or more on your own every month.
 
Tip 2: Eat at the canteen or dining hall in the university
 We know not everybody is used to and likes to eat plain canteen food, but in fact it’s a good way to save money because western cuisines, or your native cuisines after you’ve arrived to China outside of your university are really expensive to eat on daily basis. At the university’s canteen you can choose one meat dish, two vegetable dishes and rice for ¥RMB 10, and if you want two meat dishes or an extra fourth dish then it will cost you just ¥RMB 5 extra, isn’t it great? You will get full for sure and as a foreigner you don’t have to worry about food-poisoning because canteen’s regulations are very strict about quality of products used to cook the food. Moreover, you can try out and enjoy all traditional Chinese dishes for low price. Canteen hours are usually from 6.00 am - 8.00 am, lunch time from 11.30 am - 13.30 pm, and dinner is served from 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm.
 
Tip 3: Cook yourself at the kitchen in your unit
Some students prefer to cook themselves because there usually is a kitchen in the unit or room they stay in. It is another great way to save money. You can go to the closest street market outside the school, choose the freshest products you want and cook a dish your cooking skills allow you to cook.
 
 Tip 4: Apply for a student bus card
 
Apply for a student bus card in the metro or certain bus stops of your city for RMB¥20. This amount includes the cost of this card and it gives you RMB¥20 from the start. In addition, you can enjoy a 20% discount for each time taking a bus. No need of taking taxi and paying triple, download the metro and bus apps to move around the city by using public transportation.
 
Tip 5: Buying clothes in the right way
We advise to buy clothes online using platforms like TaoBao, JD, T-mall or Alibaba because of affordable prices and short delivery time. No need to go to the mall and pay double. Besides, you can buy summer clothes in winter, and winter clothes in summer when discounts are applied. You can usually get a 60% discount by doing so and save your money. Last but not least, “Single’s Day” is a holiday popular among young Chinese people who celebrate their pride in being single on November 11th. The event is not an officially recognized public holiday in China, although it has become the largest offline and online shopping day in the world. Sales in Alibaba’s sites, T-mall and Taobao have reached US$ 17.8 billion in 2016, over US$ 25.4 billion in 2017. 
 
 Tip 6: Textbooks can become an expensive cost
Textbooks can become an expensive cost, and sometimes there’s no other option but to buy them. Our advice is to wait until semester has started to find out if you really need each textbook on the list because usually teachers will inform you and give you instructions during the first week. Another option, ask few students from previous years, which books are necessary and if they don’t need it you can take them. One of the best options is to take the book from a classmate, or a student from previous years and go to a printing shop to make a black and white printed copy. Last option is the university’s bookshop, which might have them secondhand, as well as Abebooks and (to a lesser extent) Amazon.
 
Tip 7: Keep an eye on the exchange rates
Keep an eye on the exchange rates to see how much your currency is worth in China. Withdraw the money when the exchange rate is high for you so you can get the most value out of your dollar or euro. Don’t forget to find the right money transfer service without any additional fees, otherwise you will need to pay extra. Same applies for withdrawing money from ATM because some of ATMs in China take higher commissions than others.
 
Tip 8: SIM card plan
Get a student sim card or plan from the cell phone carrier company. Usually,university will have the registration for those plans during the orientation or welcome week. The cost is around ¥RMB 200 for one year.  

Question You Ask Yourself Before Applying

Question You Ask Yourself Before Applying
 
Getting to know yourself, your educational and career goals is the first step of your journey to go abroad and study in China. We understand it’s a big decision and a life changer that’s why we advise you to read these questions below carefully and think them through before you make the decision.
 
What Kind of Programs Are You Interested In?
Kindly click on the Search or Universities & Programs to choose the university and program most suitable for you on our home page.
Over 20000+ programs are offered for international students in Chinese universities. Talk to our consultant on the floating chat-box or directly contact him if you need more advice or information on the selection of courses.
As more and more Chinese universities are planning to attract more international students, the number of English taught programs is on the rise as well. Be sure not to miss the opportunity.
Among Non-degree Programs, the learning of Chinese language and culture are the most appealing ones to students around the world. However, as for the other programs, it requires basic language proficiency in Chinese to commit yourself to because they are taught in that language. Some short-term programs offer attractive subsidy package to international applicants, check out what these programs are and start applying.
Important: Bear in mind that you check the application requirements for the applicant's academic performance and language skills before you make a decision.
 
What Is Your Budget For Education?
Kindly click on the study in China to find out about cost of studying in China on our home page.
As the old saying goes, one should expect for the best but prepare for the worst. The same applies for planning to study abroad: obviously everyone needs a scholarship, but in reality, only 20% of the applicants get what they want. Therefore, it is suggested for one to select two primary groups of programs that are suitable for them, with one on the condition of self-funding, and another when scholarships are applied. We can assist with the selection of two groups to prepare the student for any outcome.
 
Where Do You Want to Study?
There are multiple options available for you in terms of selecting provinces or cities you want to study in. Kindly click on the Universities by Province on our home page for information on introductions to both metropolises and smaller cities if you need help.  
 
How Long Are You Planning to Stay in China?
You need 4-5 years for the Bachelor’s degree with the preparation language course before, depending on the university and program you choose, and 2-3 years for the Master's degree programs. As for students pursuing Doctoral degree programs, it would be from 3-5 years. For other Non-degree Programs students, the duration of the programs is ranging between 8 weeks to 1 year.
 
When Do You Want to Start Classes?
Whereas most programs in China begin in the beginning of autumn season every September, a small number of programs are opened for applications in the spring season in March.
Learn more about application schedule.
 
Vacations/Recesses
There are two major vacations/recesses in China: the short one named winter camp which lasts usually for one month (January-February) and the long one summer camp which usually lasts for more than two months (July-August).
Feel free to contact us if you wish to make full use of your spare time during the summer vacation. And we are more than pleased to help.

Cost of Studying in China

Cost of Studying in China
 
How much does it cost to study in China?
How do you manage your budget properly?
Which expenses should you pay attention first?
Contact Ni Hao China experienced consultants if you have any questions about the cost of studying in China. Based on your requirements, financial status and your city preference, our consultant will give you the best choice.
 
Studying in China isn’t expensive at all when it comes to comparing with other countries, but it’s important to calculate and manage your expenses. In some cases, it’s a requirement to provide a bank statement from whoever is paying the fees to ensure that all students’ costs are covered. We do not want any students to experience any financial issues or even drop out of the program for financial or budget problems.
Organizing your budget is an important part of living abroad, and the categories below there to help you better understand how much you will need to spend. Try to calculate your budget with a bit extra on top of each category just to make sure in case of emergency you aren’t left over without money. And keeping track of your money is always a good idea and habit.
 
The main costs for studying in China are listed below:
Application Fee: 65-130 USD;
Student Visa Fee: around 50 USD, it varies depending on your country’s embassy;
Tuition Fee: usually between 1,000 to 8,000 USD per year, it varies according to the program you chose. Please check Search or Universities & Programs for more information;
Books and Supplies Fee: usually between 50-100 USD per year, might be provided by school or inexpensive cost;
Insurance: 60-120 USD per year, insurance is important and it’s a requirement for the registration after you got accepted. For obtaining a Chinese visa the insurance is also necessary. Students can obtain it themselves, or it can be given by the school at the time of your arrival;
Accommodation: usually ranges from 200 – 400 USD per month, it depends on whether you prefer to live on-campus or off-campus. To live on campus is recommended because it isn’t that expensive as to live outside. In addition, living off-campus has extra expenses to it;
Food: this one will depend on you and your habits because some students prefer to eat at the canteen where you pay 10-15 RMB a meal, which is cheap. Some students prefer to cook themselves because there usually is a kitchen in the unit or room they stay in, which is also a good way to save money.
Other expenses: those are expenses like traveling, going out with friends, attending different kinds of events etc.

Application Schedule

Application Schedule
 
There are 2 terms (one in Spring and another one in Autumn) during an academic year at most universities in China. 
The first academic term usually starts at the beginning of autumn each year, making a window, to submit required documentations for applications, which is ranging between late February to late July.
As for the second term which starts at the beginning of spring, one should submit required application materials between late October (the year before) and late January.
Log in your account or talk to a consult with Ni Hao China to find out about specific application deadlines of the academic term and when to prepare your applications.
 
Application Deadline
It is important that the applicants submit their applications before the deadline of the programs chosen. Applications submitted after the deadline, however will face the situation of uncertainty and they might be rejected if the universities have finished the enrollment.
Ni Hao China will put all the efforts to get you enrolled even though you have missed the deadline, it shouldn’t stop you from getting into the university. In addition, with our efforts and good connections you won’t be left over and won’t have to wait till the next year.  
 
Timetable for Fall Term
It is advised for students who are intending to take either degree programs, or non-degree programs, starting in September, to read the timetable below carefully.
Late February Applicants can prepare to apply for degree programs starting in autumn.
From April to May Most programs are opened for applications during this time, and applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as they can. Usually, the best timing to apply occurs 2 months prior to the closing dates, as it helps to boost the odds of getting a scholarship.
Late May Applicants who submitted applications are expected to receive their electronic admission letters and are about to prepare for departure.
June Letters of Admission for the first batch of applicants are expected to be printed and delivered.
Late July Final deadline for the majority of universities. All applicants are strongly advised to finish their application before July.
Early August Admission Letter and together with JW202 are expected to be delivered usually 4 weeks prior to the start of the programs chosen. Applicants can then apply for a Chinese visa at nearest Chinese Embassies or Consulates with their original Admission Letter, original JW202 form, and their passport which has at least 6 months of validity .
Early September Programs/courses of the Fall intake begins in most universities in China. Applicants should come and register on time.
Late September The last window of opportunity for late applicants who missed the deadline for applications.
Opportunity may present itself if the number of international students does not exceed the quota of the intake, leaving vacant seats to fill.
 
Timetable for the Spring Term
It is advised for students who are intending to take degree programs, or Non-degree programs, starting in late February or early March, to read the timetable below carefully.
Late October Applicants can start to prepare the application for the programs starting in the spring of following year.
November-January Most programs/courses are open to applications during this time, and applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as they can. Usually, the best timing to apply usually occurs 2 months prior to the closing dates, as it helps boost the odds of getting a scholarship.
December Applicants who submitted applications in either October or early November are expected to receive their electronic admission notice and are about to prepare for departure.
Early January Admission Letter and together with JW202 are expected to be delivered 4 weeks prior to the start of the programs chosen. Applicants can then apply for a Chinese visa at nearest Chinese Embassies or Consulates with their original Admission Letter, original JW202 form, and their passport which has at least 6 months of validity .
Late January Final deadline for the majority of universities. All applicants are strongly advised to finish their application before the closing dates.
February (before program started) The last window of opportunity for late applicants who missed the deadline for applications.
Opportunity may present itself if the number of international students does not exceed the quota of the intake, leaving vacant seats to fill.
Late February or early March Programs/courses of the Spring Term begins in most universities in China. Applicants should come and register before the issuing date of the admission letter.
 
It is all about the timing!
It usually takes 4 business days to complete a visa application for either the Chinese Embassy or Consulate. However, it is advised that application for student visa (primarily X1 and X2) should be submitted a month prior to the departure for China, in case the initial application gets rejected and one needs to prepare for another try.
Leave enough time for the application or you may have to pay extra fees for the express service to expedite your application (2 or 3 business days), because you do not want to miss the registration.
Important:
It is important for you to check the starting dates and deadlines for the programs/courses you selected, since some degree programs start in Spring. Feel free to contact us for specific deadlines and additional information on when to prepare your application. 

Application Requirements

Application Requirements
 
To study in Chinese universities, one must meet the following requirements set by the various universities.
 
Non-degree Programs
Requirements:

  1. 1. Non-Chinese citizen;
  2. 2. Between 18 and 50 years of age (inclusive), students who are under 18 years old must provide a statement from a guardian, and his or her ID/passport. The guardian is required to be a Chinese citizen, a foreigner with a valid work visa in China or an applicant’s parent;
  3. 3. In good health;
  4. 4. High school diploma or above;
  5. 5. No criminal record.

Documents needed:

  1. 1. Application Form (written in Chinese or English);
  2. 2. Photocopy of your passport information page;
  3. 3. Certificate of your highest academic achievement, for example a high school diploma or degree certification, or proof of enrollment at your current educational institution;
  4. 4. A copy of Academic transcripts (written in Chinese or English);
  5. -Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations;
  6. 5. Two recent passport photos, white background, no hat;
  7. 6.Foreigner Physical Examination Form (photocopy), (written in English, only required for  applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months, can be downloaded from www.nihaochina.com.cn); The physical examinations must cover all of the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete forms or forms without the signature of the attending physician, or the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicant are considered as invalid. Please carefully plan your physical examination schedule as the result is valid for only 6 months.
Note: All documents must be in either Chinese or English. If they are in another language, a notarized copy in Chinese or English must be provided.


Bachelor Degree program
Requirements:

  1. 1. High school diploma;
  2. 2. Good health;
  3. 3. Applicants under 18 need to submit notarized guardianship certificate. (For details, please contact us).

Application Materials:
(Application materials must be prepared in either Chinese or English and will not be returned to candidates whether they are accepted or not.)

  1. 1. University Application Form (Our consultant will fill it out and submit to the university);
  2. 2. Notarized high school diploma (photocopy);
  3. Prospective diploma recipients must submit official document issued by your current school to prove your current student status or expected graduation date. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
  4. 3. Academic transcripts (written in Chinese or English);
  5. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
  6. 4. A Study Plan or Research Proposal (written in Chinese or English);
  7. This should be a minimum of 200 words.
  8. 5. For Chinese taught program, a copy of the score report of Chinese ­proficiency Test (new HSK); For English taught program, a copy of TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge International AS, A Level, IGCSE scores report. (If high school courses are taught in English, please submit the official letter about the applicant’s English proficiency).
  9. 6. A copy of passport or other identification;
  10. 7. Recent passport photo, white background, no hat;
  11. 8. Foreigner Physical Examination Form (photocopy), (written in English, only required for  applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months, can be downloaded from www.nihaochina.com.cn); The physical examinations must cover all of the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete forms or forms without the signature of the attending physician, or the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicant are considered as invalid. Please carefully plan your physical examination schedule as the result is valid for only 6 months.
  12. 9. Valid documents of your legal guardians in China (only required for applicants under the age of 18);
  13. 10. A CD of your own works (only required for arts students);
  14. Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of their own musical works. Applicants for the fine arts programs must submit a CD of their own works which include two sketches, two color paintings and two other works.


Master’s Degree Program
Requirements:

  1. 1. Bachelor’s degree;
  2. 2. Good health.

Application Materials:
(Application materials must be prepared in either Chinese or English and will not be returned to candidates whether they are accepted or not.)

  1. 1. University Application Form (Our consultant will fill it out and submit to the university);
  2. 2. Notarized highest diploma (photocopy);
  3. Prospective diploma recipients must submit official document issued by your current school to prove your current student status or expected graduation date. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
  4. 3. Academic transcripts (written in Chinese or English);
  5. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
  6. 4. A Study Plan or Research Proposal (written in Chinese or English);
  7. This should be a minimum of 800 words.
  8. 5. Two Recommendation Letters (written in Chinese or English);
  9. Applicants for the graduate programs or the senior scholar programs must submit two recommendation letters signed by professors or associate professors.
  10. 6. For Chinese taught program, a copy of the score report of Chinese ­proficiency Test (new HSK); For English taught program, a copy of TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge International AS, A Level, IGCSE scores report. (If school courses are taught in English, please submit the official letter about the applicant’s English proficiency).
  11. 7. A copy of passport or other identification;
  12. 8. Recent passport photo, white background, no hat;
  13. 9. Foreigner Physical Examination Form (photocopy), (written in English, only required for  applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months, can be downloaded from www.nihaochina.com.cn); The physical examinations must cover all of the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete forms or forms without the signature of the attending physician, or the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicant are considered as invalid. Please carefully plan your physical examination schedule as the result is valid for only 6 months.
  14. 10. A CD of your own works (only required for arts students);
  15. Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of their own musical works. Applicants for the fine arts programs must submit a CD of their own works which include two sketches, two color paintings and two other works.


Doctoral Degree Program
Requirements:

  1. 1. Master’s degree;
  2. 2. Good health.

Application Materials:
(Application materials must be prepared in either Chinese or English and will not be returned to candidates whether they are accepted or not.)

  1. 1. University Application Form (Our consultant will fill it out and submit to the university);
  2. 2. Notarized highest diploma (photocopy);
  3. Prospective diploma recipients must submit official document issued by your current school to prove your current student status or expected graduation date. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
  4. 3. Academic transcripts (written in Chinese or English);
  5. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations.
  6. 4. A Study Plan or Research Proposal (written in Chinese or English);
  7. This should be a minimum of 800 words.
  8. 5. Two Recommendation Letters (written in Chinese or English);
  9. Applicants for the graduate programs or the senior scholar programs must submit two recommendation letters signed by professors or associate professors.
  10. 6. A copy of master thesis or other published thesis required for doctoral programs;
  11. 7. For Chinese taught program, a copy of the score report of Chinese ­proficiency Test (new HSK); For English taught program, a copy of TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge International AS, A Level, IGCSE scores report. (If school courses are taught in English, please submit the official letter about the applicant’s English proficiency).
  12. 8. A copy of passport or other identification;
  13. 9. Recent passport photo, white background, no hat;
  14. 10. Foreigner Physical Examination Form (photocopy), (written in English, only required for  applicants planning to stay in China for more than 6 months, can be downloaded from www.nihaochina.com.cn); The physical examinations must cover all of the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete forms or forms without the signature of the attending physician, or the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicant are considered as invalid. Please carefully plan your physical examination schedule as the result is valid for only 6 months.
  15. 11. A CD of your own works (only required for arts students);
  16. Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of their own musical works. Applicants for the fine arts programs must submit a CD of their own works which include two sketches, two color paintings and two other works.