Study in China

China’s rapid growth as a global economic power has coincided with its universities’ exponential growth, one of the stories of higher education since the start of the new millennium. The number of overseas students in China has multiplied over the past few decades, and the number of degree programmes and investment in higher education has increased substantially.

Hundreds of thousands of international students move to China each year, with many drawn to the country to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and history, while others enjoy its universities’ many specialisms, with many institutions focusing on one area of study in particular. China’s top institutions include Tsinghua University and Peking University, both in Beijing, its capital, and Fudan University in Shanghai, while examples of elite specialist institutions include China Agricultural University, also in Beijing, and the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, west of Shanghai.

Although not all universities admit overseas students, there are so many institutions that places are available across the country, not just in its best-known cities. Although the cost of living is rising as economic development in the country accelerates, China remains considerably cheaper than Europe or North America, and its tuition fees are relatively low.

While China is one of the biggest countries in the world, it is served well by economical high-speed trains, making cross-country travel relatively efficient. And the country’s vast size means students can experience a wide range of climates, cultures and landscapes, while its cuisine can vary significantly from region to region.

If you want to study in China, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

China has 52 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in China is Peking University, which is ranked at number 29.

Choosing where to study for a degree in China is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of China below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where China’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much China is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

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Top universities in China

Statistics about China

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure Data not available
  • Of which, on higher education Data not available
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 39.39%
  • Population 1,371,220,000
  • Unemployment 4.7%
  • Annual GDP 6.9%
Data source: The World Bank