Universities in China can be divided into general university, technical university, specialized university such as medical, foreign language and teacher-training university. CEC provides the Chinese university ranking for international students who want to learn more about universities in China. Universities in China has accepted and trained international students for years. On March 2017, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced a total of 442,773 international students were studying in China in 2016.
The university ranking is published by Chinese University Alumni Association, which is a domestic university ranking in China, conducted independently of the government. Its ranking methodology includes the following criteria: 1) Government recognition; 2) Research; 3) Faculty; 4) Program; 5) Student; 6) Reputation.
Nowadays, foreign students are studying in universities in China not only for Chinese language, but also for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs. Learning Chinese language is an inevitable step when you apply to any national universities in China. Different academic departments have their own Chinese language requirements. Departments such as engineering and computer sciences have a lower Chinese language requirement compare to management and law.
Chinese universities dominate the QS BRICS Rankings 2018, taking 7 of the top 10 places, with Tsinghua University coming top and Peking University second. BRICS is the acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
2018 China University Ranking
Rank/Name of University
1 Peking University
2 Tsinghua University
3 Zhejiang University
4 Fudan University
5 Renmin University of China
6 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
7 Wuhan University
8 Nanjing University
9 Sun Yat-sen University
10 Jilin University
11 Huazhong University of Science and Technology
12 Sichuan University
13 Tianjin University
14 Nankai University
14 Xian Jiao Tong University
16 University of Science and Technology of China
17 Central South University
18 Harbin Institute of Technology
19 Beijing Normal University
20 Shandong University
21 Xiamen University
22 Southeast University
23 Tongji University
24 Beihang University
25 Dalian Universtiy of Technology
26 Northeastern University
26 South China University of Technology
28 East China Normal University
29 Beijing Institute of Technology
30 Northwestern Polytechnical University
(Source: Chinese University Alumni Association (2018))
Admission to Top University in China
In order to choose the right university in China, you need to set your goal of study. For Chinese language and culture learning, you should apply to a university with good Chinese language program with cultural courses. For undergraduate and graduate degree program, you have to consider the academic standard and employment opportunities. For admission to top universities or graduate schools in China, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, admission to Chinese taught degree program is limited and extremely competitive. You must be well-informed, well-prepared, and very determined to work very hard to gain admission.