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How Much is a Study Abroad Semester in China?

Jessie Beck
Jessie Beck
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A Washington DC native, Jessie Beck studied in Dakar and Malta, taught in Costa Rica, and volunteered with the Peace Corps in Madagascar before ending up at Go Overseas as Editor / Content Marketing Director. She has since moved to work at Asana.

How Much is a Study Abroad Semester in China?

This may sound obvious, but getting outside of Europe for your study abroad will bring down the costs dramatically. China, being the most popular non-European study abroad destination, is also significantly more affordable (not to mention, it'll be a very unique study abroad experience!)

How much can you expect to spend in tuition for a semester in China?

For tuition alone, a semester in China will run about $2,100 - $13,800 per semester -- pretty similar to (or even cheaper than) most American university's tuition.

Tuition for direct enrollment for a semester at:
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:

How much does it cost to live in China for a semester?

Some super thrifty students have said they were able to get by with spending as little as $1,000 on living expenses (that's roughly $250 per month) while in China. However, it's better to budget a little more generously, around $1,500 - $1,900 for the semester. Rent will cost about $1,200 - $2,100 for the entire semester.

Expense Estimated Cost
  • $3 - inexpensive meal
  • $19 - date at a mid-range restaurant
  • $44 - average weekly grocery bill
Monthly rent $306 - $540 for a one-bedroom apartment
Utilities About $53 per month
Cell phone About $20 per month
Local transportation Monthly pass: about $16
Personal expenses
  • Pair of jeans: $91
  • 0.5L of domestic beer: $.75 (about $2 for imported)
  • Cappuccino: $4
  • Movie ticket: $11
Total Expect to spend about $2,200 - 3,200 for one semester in China after airfare and program fees.
Source: China Numbeo

What's the average price of a flight to China?

Surprisingly, flights to China are pretty comparable to flights to Europe; ranging from $550 - $900 round trip (obviously, for this one, those of us on the West Coast will spend less!)

How much does it cost to study abroad for a semester in China?

Studying in China is one of the most affordable choices, setting you back about $5,500 - $17,200 depending on the program and airfare. Overall, cost of living will be very cheap -- even if you have to find your own apartment!

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