To study in China, International students should find increasing levels of investment in tertiary education to be a compelling reason to do so.
China reached its target of spending 4% of GDP on education in 2012. And it is currently investing US$250 billion a year in “human capital” (ref: New York Times), which includes the subsidy of education for young people moving from rural to urban areas, in an effort to lessen the gap between the educated elite and rural laborers.
The number of colleges and universities in China have doubled in the last decade to 2,409. The country’s current five-year plan, which extends to 2015, focuses on many development priorities that are appealing to western college graduates. And many Chinese universities are focusing on developing technologies that increase competitiveness with the West.
Studying in China means a few required documents to gain admission. Documents may differ depending on the University.
On average, international students spend around 4,000 USD for accommodation fees and about 2,000 USD for other living costs (such as food, transportation, etc.) per year. So, that’s a student monthly budget of at least 500 USD.
However, since China is a big country, you should know there can be significant differences regarding prices and living costs depending on each region.