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  • Fees Comparision Among China, UK, USA and Australia

    CHINA

    UK

    USA

    AUSTRALIA

    1. Application Fee & Tuition Fee

    Application fee of different major for different degree in every university varies from 90 USD to 150 USD, normally not in excess of 200 USD. Among all the programs offered by universities, MBBS may be the most expensive one regarding application fee. Besides, the higher ranking of a university in China’s University List, the more expensive of the application fee will be.

    However, the tuition fee of Chinese universities is quite low compared with that of UK/USA. The estimated average tuition fee ranges from
    3300 USD (around20,000 RMB) to 9900 USD (around 60,000RMB) per year.

    Some universities in UK do not charge application fee, while universities like Cambridge/Oxford/LSE/IC/UCL etc. will charge 150 Pounds (around 250 USD) to 250 Pounds (around 410 USD). And tuition fee for all international students regardless of nationality, major, degree and university is at least beyond 10,000 Pounds (16362 USD) per year, which could be a great burden for mid-class family on a worldwide basis.

    Among 1,474 schools in USA, only 39 of them are free of charge for application fees. The average application fee calculated based overall USA is 38.44 USD (tips: there are 282 schools do not offer their information on application fee). Although some schools are planning to cancel the application fee in order to ease the burden of students, that policy will only be limited to online application.

    Large part of universities in Australia do not charge application fees, however, some universities will take a 100 Australian Dollars as application fee such as New Southwales University.

    Tuition fee of an Australian university is around 3000 AUD (around 2700 USD) per year, which is about 15000 RMB.

    2. Average Living Cost

    Living cost in metropolitan areas like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou would be 4500-5000RMB/month (around 740 USD-830 USD/ month); Other cities would be around 1500-3500RMB/month (around 250 USD-580 USD/ month). However, this mainly depends on your lifestyle, though eating out in China is very cheap compared to many other countries.

    Specifically in London, living cost could be 800 Pounds (around 1310 USD) per month while 200-500 Pounds (around 330 USD-818 USD) would be enough for living in other British cities.

    Estimated living cost in USA would be 8,000-10,000RMB (around 1300 USD-1650 USD) per year, but you should notice that this number varies differently in different living location. In addition, a large part of your living cost would be accommodation fee, that would be about 3500-7000 USD per year, but living a satisfied environment in China will be much lower in cost, normally you could just pay 80-100 RMB (around 13 USD-17 USD)per day to live in a full-furnished and secure dormitory.

    Average living cost in different regions in Australia varies greatly. It is estimated that students should prepare 12000-15000AUD (around 10750 USD- 13437 USD) per year in New South Wales and Victoria State; 8000-12000AUD (around 7170 USD- 10750 USD) in Queensland, Western Australia and Capital area.

    Here we provide a list of costs for a undergrade student study in Peking University (China)/Cambridge University (UK)/Harvard University (USA)/University of New Southwales (Australia) for one year. You can directly find out the average cost (USD) per year of study in these universites.

    PekingUniversity (China)

    Cambridge University (UK)

    Harvard University (USA)

    University of New
    Southwales (Australia)

    Application Fee

    120

    84

    226

    46

    Visa Fee

    140

    500

    160

    510

    Tuition Fee

    3,500

    25,224

    35,021

    20,298

    Living Expenses and others

    2,000

    12,651 - 18,807

    13,500 - 22,500

    13,460 - 19,030

    Intotal

    5760

    38,434 - 44,590

    48,907 - 57,907

    34,314 - 39,884

  • Saving Money

    If you would like to study Chinese language, the tuition fee varies between different cities. If your budget is limited, we suggest that you study in a smaller city or a city in Western China, where the studying expense will be decreased by 20% - 30%. These cities include: Xi'an, Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Changsha, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Guiyang, etc. Meantime, the studying costs in such ‘first-tier’ cities as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, or Guangzhou are much higher than other cities in China.
    Specifically, if you would like to study an MBBS program which is taught in English entirely, the tuition fee will be more expensive than other programs in China. The cheapest MBBS program is provided byJiangsu University(in Zhenjiang) and is 22,000 RMB/year, while the most expensive one is offered byTongji University(in Shanghai) and is 50,000RMB/year. However, the average cost of MBBS programs is about 30,000RMB/year, which is equivalent to about 5,000USD/year.

    If you can't afford the studying cost right now, we suggest you that you start by working on your Chinese. Then, if your HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) score is high enough, you may be eligible for aChinese Government Scholarship, which is available to assist international students study at Chinese universities.

    Note:
    It is not necessary to bring large amounts of cash with you. Many Chinese shopping malls, shopping centers, supermarkets, cinemas, etc., can accept debit and credit cards and ATMs are plentiful in most towns and cities..