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China MoE moves to close int’l student loopholes

The Chinese government announced that it would be changing its requirements for international students after claims that students born to Chinese parents and raised in China are using foreign passports to apply for local universities.

ChinaChina is tightening requirements for who can apply to its universities as an international student. Photo: PIxabay

China is the third most popular destination globally for international students

“In the last few years, some students, either one or both of whose parents are Chinese citizens, were born with foreign nationality, received basic education in China, and then applied for admission into the higher education system as an international student,” noted the Ministry of Education in a statement.

“If you apply to enter college as an international student you must have held a valid foreign passport”

It explained that from 2021, “if you apply to enter college as an international student you must have held a valid foreign passport or nationality certificate for more than four years”, in addition to meeting other registration requirements.

Students are also required to “have records of actual residence in a foreign country for more than two years, within the last four years”.

Actual residence for nine months in a year will be calculated as one year subject to entry and exit signatures, the MoE statement added.

Getting into a top university in China for local students can be difficult, with millions of students competing in the gaokao exams for a few thousand places.

The region of the country in which they sit the exam can also have a large impact on their chances of success.

There is a widespread view in China that it is easier to get into university as an international student than a local one, a source of controversy that continues to stoke anger against both the MoE and international students themselves.

In addition to lower entry requirements, better accommodation and scholarship opportunities are major points of contention.

On Chinese social media, the new regulations were roundly welcomed, although some institutions – such as Tsinghua Univerisity – have already had their own regulations similar to those issued by the MoE for a number of years.

The Chinese government does not publish statistics on where international students previously lived prior to the commencement of their studies, or whether they are studying English or Chinese-taught courses.

Some 492,000 student visas were issued in China in 2018.

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4 Responses to China MoE moves to close int’l student loopholes

  1. China’s Education in a top school especially university is very different to many advanced countries. In China as we all know bribery is a very huge problem and is guarded by the party too because that party is corrupted itself. Anyone wants to get into a top education place must bribe the officials and the heads in charge of that education place. This is a big market and huge income for the officials and his gangs. The upper officials will not intervene because this is also contributing to the party. The powerful rich officials have made ways to hide and invest their money in foreign countries and this changes are an only minor problem to them because they have other ways to tackle them. China will not change in a few hundreds years unless the whole government collapse or conquered by war. The Premier top man in China only ruling party is now acting like an emperor which is against the real motive of the people to demolish the emperor ruling to people’s ruling.

  2. Online class is not good for student . When international student can go back china for their study . International student missing their live class . Also they can get good marks in online exam .

  3. we are doing research in chine but during this covid period we are unable to do because still china didn’t allow us to re enter .kindly allow us as soon as possible. if you allow online class then what researcher do . how they continue their research .

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