How to Get a Student Visa for China

China Student Visa

China Student Visa

China is a great place to study.  If you are going there to study Mandarin, I think the future is quite bright for you.  The country has really become a true world economic powerhouse over the last 20 years.  The country seems to produce just about everything!

If you are interested in coming to China to study, you will need a student visa.  I’ll show you pretty simply, how you can get that below.

A student visa (X Visa) is issued to a foreigner who comes to China for study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period of more than six months.  A foreigner who comes to China to study, short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more than six months shall apply for a (F) Visa.

For excellent, detailed information on the China Student Visa, check out TravelChinaGuide.

To view more Chinese visas, click here.

Get accepted into university

Get accepted to a Chinese school.

Get the visa form

Get the original and photocopy of the approved Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by relevant Chinese government unit, and the admission notice from the Chinese school

The JW201 / JW202 is a form generated by a Chinese university upon admission acceptance.

Find your consulate

Each consulate might require slightly different documents to apply for the visa. First, go to the website of the consulate that is responsible for your jurisdiction.

Find the visa page

Once at the homepage of your consulate, you will see a link somewhere on the homepage that says “Visas” or “Consular Information.” Click on the link.

Find your visa type

Continue to follow the links to find the information on the visa. You will normally see a link that either says “How to Apply for a Visa” or “How to Apply” or, simply, “Student Visa.” Gather the required documents.

Submit documents and fees

Find out what fees you need to pay for the visa. The fees will be listed on your consulate website.

The consulates enable expedited processing of visas if you pay an additional fee.

Submit your documents and the fees to the consulate.

Receive your visa

Congratulations! After a period of waiting, the Chinese Consulate/Embassy will give to you your brand new Chinese visa.

China FAQ

Frequently asked questions on visas for China are answered here.

Vaccination information

Don’t get sick! Check vaccination requirements here at the CDC.

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