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Steps to study in China

As an aspiring Malaysian student, envision yourself immersed in a land where ancient traditions seamlessly merge with cutting-edge innovation. China's renowned universities offer a gateway to an exceptional academic experience, fostering personal growth and cultural exploration. Whether you're captivated by the allure of its rich history, drawn to its economic dynamism, or eager to master a new language, studying in China promises a unique adventure that will shape your future in remarkable ways. Join a vibrant international community, embrace diversity, and unlock a universe of opportunities as you choose China as your destination for academic excellence and personal enrichment. 


Studying in China as an international student involves several steps to ensure a smooth application and enrollment process. Here's a general outline of the steps you might need to follow:



Understand the requirements


Take Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)


Apply to universities


Apply for an X1 visa (Student Visa)


Travel to China

STEP 1: Understand the requirements

If you decide to study in China, you will have the chance to develop your knowledge, outlook, and confidence, enabling you to reach your full potential. To make sure that you select the program that is right for you and your objectives, it is recommended that you gain as much knowledge as possible about the range of courses, institutions, and universities that are available and compare them. It is also crucial to review the prerequisites for the courses. You can accomplish this by reviewing the course descriptions on the university websites or the Edu Experts website. If you have any questions, you may contact us for information about your courses, scholarships that may be available, university applications, or you may contact the institution directly.

STEP 2: Take Chinese Proficiency Test

Is it compulsory to take Chinese Proficiency Test? Well, it depends on the curriculum the Malaysian student plans to study in China's language of instruction. If Chinese is the language of instruction, Malaysian students must take an HSK Test to prove they can converse well in the language. HSK Test may not be necessary, though, if the primary language of teaching is English.

Yet, regardless of the language of teaching used in their programme, it is advised that Malaysian students have a strong command of Chinese language. This is due to the fact that Chinese is frequently used in academic and professional contexts in China, and having a solid command of the language can make it easier to communicate with mentors, peers, and prospective employers.

Note: If you are a UEC student, you are exempted to take HSK and you can apply directly to the university.

So, what is HSK Test?

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), an international standardised test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. There are six levels of HSK, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

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STEP 3: Apply to universities

It's time to get in touch with the universities you want to apply to, get their application packs, and send them early. Don't just apply everywhere. Compare your choices, decide on your preferred programme and university, and then pick one or two backup possibilities. Be cautious when completing the application form, and be sure to include accurate information supported by documentation. The university will give you an acceptance letter once you get accepted to study there. This document is crucial for the next requirements.

STEP 4: Apply for an X1 (Student Visa) 

It's time to apply for an X1 now that an institution is prepared to accept you. Your application must be submitted with the acceptance letter you obtained in the previous step, your passport, and an official documentation proving you have enough funds to attend college in China.

The X1 visa is for long-term students studying for more than six months in China. The X1 visa is frequently used for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. students because these programs last longer than 180 days. With the X1 visa, you can stay in China for up to five years and are allowed to travel throughout China.

Documents you need when applying for a China student visa include the following:

  • A valid passport - up to six months from the date of your visa application.

  • A passport-sized photograph

  • A completed application form

  • A formal university/college admission letter

  • A completed JW201 or JW202 form

    • JW201 Form - For applicants with a scholarship funded by the Chinese government

    • JW202 Form - For applicants who will personally fund their studies in China

  • An itinerary - Stating the dates of your arrival and departure 

  • Details of your accommodation arrangements

  • A medical examination record

  • Bank statements

STEP 5: Travel to China

Once the application has been processed and an interview, if required, has been conducted, the immigration officer will decide upon your student's pass application. If accepted, it is now time to start planning your travel to China. Your pass will have a start date, which is the date from which the pass comes into force. 

The immigration officer will verify your permit and other documents at the port of entry before allowing you to enter China. This is the final step of the immigration formalities and you can now focus on commencing your journey as an international student in China.

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