Best universities in Beijing

Explore the best universities in Beijing based on data collected for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 

January 11 2019
Best universities in Beijing.

As one of the oldest cities in the world, Beijing has a rich history stretching back 3,000 years.

The city is home to seven Unesco World Heritage Sites including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian and parts of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. 

However, with a population of more than 21 million people and as China’s capital, the city's modern buildings such as the China Media Group Headquarters, China World Trade Headquarters, and Capital Museum are also impressive sights. 

As well as this, the city is home to 91 universities, meaning that there is plenty of choice for prospective students. 

The Chinese government has invested heavily in the higher education sector, in order to make it more appealing to international students, so now is a better time than ever to consider studying in Beijing. 

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and is regularly ranked as one of the best institutions in China. 

It performs strongly in engineering and computer science teaching. 

The campus is also considered one of the most beautiful in China, having been built on the former site of the Qing Dynasty royal gardens and retains Chinese-style landscaping as well as traditional buildings. 

The primary language of instruction is Chinese, however some graduate degree programmes re offered in English, such as Chinese politics, foreign policy and international relations, mechanical engineering and global business journalism. 

Peking University

Alongside Tsinghua University, Peking University is considered one of the most prestigious universities in China. 

It is also considered one of the most beautiful, with its traditional houses, gardens, pagodas and many other historical structures. 

The university has 216 research centres, including two national engineering research centres, and 12 national key laboratories.


International perspective: an American student in China
The cost of studying at a university in China
University life in: China
The 10 most beautiful universities in East Asia


Beihang University

Beihang University is a major public research university focusing on engineering, technology, and the hard sciences. 

The university was originally formed in 1952 from a merger of the aeronautical departments of Tsinghua University, Peiyang University, Xiamen University, Sichuan University and several others.

The university has established links with 152 universities and institutions from 40 countries including Canada, UK, France, Germany, Russia, the United States and Sri Lanka. 

Since the 1990s it has also been one of the few universities in China that uses English as the primary teaching language for all international master and doctoral programmes, and it also offers many bachelor's programmes in English.

Renmin University of China

Renmin University of China currently has two active campuses, one campus under construction and one former campus in the Beijing area.

It maintains relationships and exchange programmes with many universities around the world, including Queen’s University, Columbia University, the University of Geneva, Waseda University and the University of Michigan.

The university is recognised for its strengths in the humanities and social sciences, although it also offers programmes in natural sciences, information technology and environmental sciences. 

And the rest...

As mentioned in the introduction, there are 91 universities in Beijing, which means that there are far more institutions to choose from than those listed above. 

Beijing is home to many specialist science and technology institutions such as the Beijing Institute of Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, Capital Medical University and the University of Science and Technology Beijing

However, if science or technology isn’t for you and you’d rather study the social sciences of the humanities, there are plenty of other institutions to choose from, including as Beijing Jiaotong University

Read more: Best universities in China

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Study Computer Science

Study Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Study Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Study Accounting & Finance

Study Biological Sciences