Information for Prospective Students from China
Welcome to the country page for China, which contains specific information for students from or currently living in China, who are interested in studying at SOAS. Currently there are 170 students from China studying at the School.
- Minimum Entry Requirements
- English Language and Foundation Courses
- In-Country Representatives (Agents)
- Scholarships, Fees and Funding
- Popular Courses
- Useful Links
Meet the World at SOAS - talking to Chinese students
Credibility interviews for Chinese Tier 4 visa applicants
Last year the UK Border Agency introduced credibility interviews to the Tier 4 application process in a small number of countries. From 29 April 2013 some visa applicants from China (including Tier 4 students) will be interviewed when they submit their visa application. Selection for interview will be at random and genuine students should not be concerned about this process. Interviews will be conducted by visa officers in the UK. The interview will not take long.
The UK Home Office is keen to assure students from China that this process is intended to protect genuine students who will come to the UK and highlight that more than 57,000 visas were issued to Chinese students last year – a 9% increase from 2011.
British Council China is planning to send staff to the various Visa Application Centres on the week of 29th April and the first week of May to provide support and assistance to students who may need it. This has not yet been confirmed.
David Tumilty is the International Officer responsible for supporting students from China and would be very happy to answer any questions you may have about applying to and studying at SOAS. Please feel free to contact him by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on +44 (0)20 7898 4030. David will be making regular visits to China in order to meet prospective students and provide advice and guidance about study opportunities at SOAS. Further information on upcoming visits can be found on the Meet SOAS Staff in your Area page.
The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits with your academic qualifications, personal statement and your references all being considered carefully.
Applicants offering either ‘A’ levels or the IB Diploma will be considered in the same way as UK applicants. For details of the IB and A-Level requirements for individual degree programmes please refer to the undergraduate admissions pages. The Chinese High School leaving certificate or Goakao are not sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree. However, the International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities. Details can be found at IFCELS. Applications from students who have completed first year undergraduate study in a relevant subject from a prestigious Chinese university may also be considered. Information about how to apply can be found on the undergraduate admissions pages and on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website.
SOAS welcomes applications from those with an Upper Second Class degree (2:1) or above in their UK Bachelor degree. Applicants with a Bachelors degree from a university in China may be considered if they have graduated with good grades from a very prestigious university or have relevant work experience. In addition, applicants should also refer to the individual programme entries in the Graduate Prospectus or postgraduate admissions pages, which may have additional requirements.
Applicants to MPhil/PhD programmes should have an excellent master’s degree, preferably from a UK university. Any other application will need to make a strong case and secure the approval of the Associate Dean for Research.
Applicants whose first language is not English must show that their level of English is sufficient to follow an academic programme in English. For more information please visit the English entry requirements page. SOAS does offer English summer courses (‘pre-sessionals’) for those who do not meet the exact entry requirements, so that students have the opportunity to improve their language skills before beginning academic study.
Those applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, could consider applying for one of the foundation degrees offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre. Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in an area of their choice, including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.
SOAS works with the following educational representatives in China, many of whom have offices in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. You can contact them directly for further details. If you have any comments about these representatives please contact David Tumilty (email@example.com).
11A New Hualian Mansion East,No. 755, Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 51691225
EduGlobal China, Ltd.
7F Office Tower B, Beijing New World Centre, 3B Chongwenmenwai St, Beijing 100062
Tel: +86 (10) 67080808-664 / 67087690
2F, Guangzhou Library, 42, Zhongshan Si Rd., Guangzhou 510055, China
Tel: +86 (0) 20 62729966
More offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, Chongqing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xiamen and Xi’an.
338 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai Tian An Centre, Room 707, 7th Floor, Shanghai
Tel: +86 (0) 21-63595353
More offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Changchun, Haerbin, Huangzhou, Huamei, Nanjing, Quzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Wuxi.
Index Education Services
Room 1707 Enterprise Square , NO.228 Meiyuan Road, Shanghai 200070
More offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xiamen and Xi’an.
JJL Overseas Education
5F Mi Yang Tower, Yong An Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Ave., Chao Yang Dist., Beijing 100022
More offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha, Changchun, Dalian, Haerbin, Hefei, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Suzhou, Taiyuan, Tangshan, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’an and Zhengzhou.
Suite 1220, Lobby 3 Guanghualu SOHO, No. 22 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Offices in Beijing and Shanghai.
UKEAS China (Promising Education Group)
Room 710 - 712, 7th Floor, Sheng'ai Mansion, No.88 Caoxi North Road, Shanghai
Tel: +86-21-6468 3535
More offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Taizhou, Wuhan and Xi’an.
RM 2103, Tower A, Universal Mansion Building, No.172 Yuyuan Road, Jing'An, Shanghai
Tel: +86 400 080 2900
SOAS offers a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students, including 11 SOAS Masters scholarships worth £14,670, which are open to any Masters student studying full-time. Note that the deadline for 2012/13 is 31 January 2012. For further information, please see details (which might be subject to change) at scholarships and bursaries.
SOAS and the International Students House award the William Ross Murray Scholarship to students from developing countries who wish to study for an LLM. There are also a number of scholarships provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations. For a full list please visit scholarships and bursaries.
Some popular courses studied by our Chinese students include:
- BSc International Management (China)
- BSc Economics
- MSc Finance and Financial Law
- MSc Finance and Development
- MSc International Management (China)
- MSc Economics with reference to Asia-Pacific Region
If you have any questions for a SOAS alum in China then please contact the alumni association through the SOAS alumni website.
The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations. This site provides information about the Council’s activities in over one hundred countries worldwide.
Education UK is produced by the British Council to help international students interested in a UK course or qualification.
UKCISA - The UK Council for International Students Affairs provides information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas and working while studying.
The UK Border Agency also has up to date information on immigration and visa requirements.
UCAS - The Universities and Colleges Admission Service is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.