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Pakistan and China have been friends for decades and are genuine supporters who support each other through their ups and downs. These adjacent countries have developed a worldwide reputation for their togetherness.

There are several cultural exchange programs between China and Pakistan that provide students with the opportunity to learn about their neighboring nations. There are several advantages for Pakistani students who opt to study in China.

Study in China:

With the number of international students in China doubled in the last decade, China is developing as an appealing abroad education destination. The country is home to many well-known and highly ranked universities.

Both living expenditures and tuition fees are quite low for Pakistani students, especially compared to the United States and other western countries.

International students are presently able to perform internships and part-time jobs while studying in China; this not only allows students to get foreign work experience but also allows them to keep a healthy lifestyle while abroad.

Best Universities to Study in China for International Students: 

The Top 10 ranked Universities are as follows:

Tsinghua University North-West Beijing5
Peking University Western Suburbs Beijing 9
Fudan University Shanghai 11
Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghai22
Nanjing University Nanjing, Jiangsu 23
University of Science and Technology of China Zhejiang 24
Beijing Normal University Beijing 40
Wuhan University Hubei44
Sun Yat-sen University Guangdong 47


Chinese government offers Scholarships: 

  • Bilateral Program
  • Chinese University Program 
  • Great Wall Program 
  • EU Program 
  • AUN Program 
  • PIF Program 
  • WMO (World Meteorological Organization) Program

Hundreds of different scholarships to study in China are available from various colleges and organizations to overseas students. Students learn about these scholarships by visiting the official websites of each university in China.

Admissions Requirements of Chinese Universities for Pakistani Students: 

Chinese universities offer both English-taught and Chinese-taught study programs, and admission requirements differ. Your academic level and study program will have specific requirements.

In general, each study program’s admission criteria in Chinese institutions include an age limit, academic standards, language competency, entrance tests, and minimum grade requirements.

  • Admission in undergraduate program: The applicant must be under the age of 25, have a high school diploma with good marks from a reputable institution in his country, and your selected university in China will conduct an assessment examination for admission (depending on the university’s criteria).
  • For Admission in postgraduate Program Masters: The candidate must be under 35 years old, have a Bachelor’s degree with high marks from a recognized institution in his country, take an admission examination, and provide recommendation letters from two of the applicant’s instructors.
  • For Admission in post graduate Ph.D. Program: The candidate must be under 40 years old, have a Master’s degree with honors from a reputable university in his country, pass an entrance examination, and provide a research plan and recommendation letters.

For Pakistani Visa Requirements of China: 

After meeting the admission criteria and securing a place at Chinese University, you will be given an offer letter. The next step is to go to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country to get firsthand information about Chinese student visas.

You will be sent a student visa application and a list of papers that must be submitted with the application to the Embassy. There are two sorts of student visas depending on the length of your study program.

The X1 visa is for study programs lasting more than six months, and the X2 visa is for study programs lasting less than six months. The applicant will pay a cost of 600 USD for the visa application and must provide the following documents:

  • Valid Passport
  • Offer Letter of Hosting Chinese University
  • Medical Examination Certificate
  • Language Proficiency Test Certificate
  • Completed Visa Application

One month before starting your study program in China, you must apply for a student visa and submit the visa application and relevant documentation. Student visa application should be processed within a week or two.

When you arrive in China, you will apply for a temporary residency permit that will be valid for your study program. You will apply for a temporary residency permit at the Public Security Bureau (PBS) in your area.

Study and Living Expenses in China Vs. Pakistan:

The low cost of living and studying in China is the key reason for its appeal among international students. The cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are more expensive than others, yet they are home to China’s best colleges.

A student’s monthly living expenditures in Beijing should be approximately 1,000 to 1,200 USD, whereas in Shanghai they should be around 850 to 1,200 USD. Monthly costs in China’s rural areas and less populated cities may vary between 600 and 1,000 USD.

Living Expenses: 

The cost of living in China is determined by the city and location you choose to live. Off-campus, residency is more expensive, and the costs are not included in the monthly rents in halls of residence.

Monthly rent for halls of residence is often approximately $150 per month, whereas rent for a separate unit is typically over 550 USD per month.


Food is quite inexpensive in China. A standard menu dinner for one person in a restaurant will cost $3.71. Lunch for one person at fast food places such as McDonald’s costs $4.75.

Other costs for edible beverages are as follows: A Coca-Cola bottle cost $0.49, a 1.5-liter water bottle cost $0.31, and a 1-liter milk bottle cost $1.88. A

loaf of fresh bread (White) cost 1.60 USD, a kg of rice cost 1.03 USD, a dozen eggs cost 1.79 USD, a kg of local cheese cost 12.85 USD, a kg of boneless chicken meat cost 3.78 USD, a kg of beef meat cost 10.01 USD, and a kg of apples cost 1.76 USD.


You can save money on transportation if you live near your university campus or in an on-campus home. A monthly pass for local transportation cost 17.82 USD.

Part-Time Work and Post-Graduation Work Opportunities in China for Pakistani Students

Part-Time Jobs in China:

An overseas student must obtain authorization from their host university and the immigration authorities to work part-time in China.

After receiving authorization to work part-time, the local police station will stamp your residency permit with a permission stamp, allowing you to legally work 20 hours per week during semesters and full-time during semester breaks. T

he Chinese government and universities, in collaboration with industries and businesses, are offering several internship programs that will pay you and provide you with job experience. If not, there are other alternatives, including:

  • Teaching English 100RMB to 200RMB per hour
  • Translator $28/hr. (German to English, French to English, Hindi to English)
  • Voice Recording $40 to $60 per hour (reading lines in English for commercials etc.)
  • Photographer $12 per hour
  • Graphic designing $52 per gig
  • Hotel/Café/Restaurant Attendant $9 to $10 per hour.

Post-Graduation Jobs in China:

Obtaining a job is simple for graduates with a degree in a subject major connected to such areas that demand an urgent labor force and are increasing in China. These sectors are:

  • Banking and financial services
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Sales and marketing
  • Technology
  • E-Commerce marketing
  • Automotive and Operations

Most significantly, employment experience in China is highly valued by Chinese recruiters. Students can enroll in internship and traineeship programs in China after graduation or during the final semester of their study program, allowing them to access the Chinese labor market immediately after finishing their degrees.

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