SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
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On this page you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions by prospective students.



APPLICATION AND ENTRY


1. How do I submit my application?

All applications should be made online via our application system. You need to log into http://www.scut.edu.cn/apply, enter your personal details and submit scanned copies of all the application materials. 


2. Is there an application fee?

No, we do not charge any application fee.



3. Is there an application deadline?

For our Chinese language programmes, application deadline is one month before the start of the programme. For our degree programmes, application deadline is June 30 each year.

We do advise our applicants to apply as early as possible in order to allow time for processing your application, and you will need time to apply for your visa once you have obtained an offer of a place.


4. I have difficulties in uploading my documents to the application system, how can I do?

Please be aware that documents must not exceed 1MB in size and therefore you may have to upload your documents in sections that do not exceed 1MB, or page by page, rather than as a full document. The online system allows you to upload supporting documents only in JPG/JPEG/PNG format. Please contact our Admissions Office via sieinfo@scut.edu.cn, if you still cannot upload your application materials to our system. 


5. Can I change my application once I have submitted my online application?

If you wish to make any changes to your application such as change the course you have applied to, or add supporting documents to your application, please contact our Admissions Office via sieinfo@scut.edu.cn.


6. Can I submit an application before I take an English language test / HSK exam?

You are more than welcome to submit an application before you have sat an English language test / HSK exam. If you apply without a language proficiency test, and we choose to make you an offer, you will have a language condition specified in your offer, along with the deadline as to when we will need to receive your results. We would always encourage applicants to make preparations to take a language test as soon as they can. 


7. Can I apply using an old application (from a previous year)?

If you applied in a previous year and want to re-apply in the current cycle, you will need to start a new online application. It is not possible to transfer your old application across to a new cycle.


8. When will I get my application result?

After we receive your online application, our Admissions Team aim for decisions to be made within two weeks, but for some courses the timescale will be longer. Should we require any further information or supporting documents in order to process your application then we will contact you by email, so please check that your contact details are correct.

Please also bear in mind that applications submitted just before holiday periods will take longer to process.


9. When does the university start classes generally?

Degree programmes begin in September. Chinese language programmes open in both semesters (March intake and September intake). Short-term courses may arrange a time at the request of a group of students. International summer camp usually starts in July, and lasts for 3 weeks.


10. How do I contact the Admissions team?

We hope that our FAQ will answer the majority of your queries relating to applying to SCUT. However, if you have a specific query that is not covered, the Admissions team’s contact details are as follows:

Address: Room 207,Building B1, School of International Education, South China University of Technology, University Town Campus, Guangzhou, China,510006

Tel: +86(0)20 39381048; +86(0)-39381029

Email:sieinfo@scut.edu.cn


LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


1. What are the language requirements for Chinese-Medium Programs?

For science or engineering studies, New HSK Band 4 with scores above 180 is required. For liberal arts, economics, or management studies, New HSK Band 5 with scores above 180 is required.


2. What are the language requirements for English-Medium Programs?

For undergraduate programmes, IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 68 is required. For postgraduate programmes, IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80 is required. 

Those who have taken a different English language test or qualification, please contact the Admissions Office via sieinfo@scut.edu.cn to find out if we accept your qualification. 


3. I am a native English speaker, do I still need to submit IELTS/TOEFL?

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of an English speaking country (including countries with English as the official language, common language or the Commonwealth member countries), English language test result is not mandatory.


4. My highest degree was taught in English, do I still need to submit IELTS/TOEFL?

If you have obtained your highest level of formal education from an institution where English is the medium of instruction, English language test result is not mandatory but you need to provide documented evidence of this when submitting your high school or college qualification certificate.  


5. How can I apply to attend the university’s language proficiency test?

Those who have not tested for HSK, IELTS or TOEFL in the application year can apply to attend the Language Proficiency Test held by the School of International Education, South China University of Technology. Students’ test scores will be considered in the admission process. 

To submit an application to attend this test, please send an email to sieinfo@scut.edu.cn and quote your application number.


ENGLISH-MEDIUM PROGRAMMES


1. What bachelor programmes are taught in English?

(1)Computer Science and Technology 

(2)International Economics and Trade

(3)Environmental Engineering 

(4)Civil Engineering 

(5)Materials Science and Engineering 

Detailed programme information and application requirements could be referred to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: 

http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp


2. What master programmes are taught in English?

(1)Electrical and Computer Engineering

(2)Information and Communication Engineering

(3)Software Engineering

Detailed programme information and application requirements could be referred to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: 

http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp


3. What Ph.d programmes are taught in English?

(1)Information and Communication Engineering

(2)Materials Science and Engineering

(3)Food Science and Engineering

(4)Software Engineering

Detailed programme information and application requirements could be referred to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: 

http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp


POSTGRADUATE APPLICATION


1. I'm applying for a master/PhD degree- how should I find a supervisor to get an acceptance letter?

We strongly recommend that you make contact with a potential supervisor with an outline of your proposed research before submitting a formal application. You can browse staff profiles to identify academic staff with research interests similar to your own on our website: http://en.scut.edu.cn/aboutSCUT/faculties.jsp


2. Is there a word limit to the personal statement/ study plan/ research plan?

A personal statement/ study plan/ research plan should be no less than 500 words. It can be written in English or in Chinese. 


3. How to write a Study Plan or Research Proposal?

A Study Plan or Research Proposal states in details what you are going to do during your postgraduate study in China. It must include such information as the major you want to study in or the field of your research interest. It is of vital importance for those applicants for the graduate studies, so please make sure your study plan or research proposal states those information as specific as possible.


4. I'm not entirely sure whether I meet the entry requirements for the postgraduate degree I'd like to apply for - am I eligible to apply?

All applications are considered in full based on their individual academic merits; we cannot review applications or suitability to any programme by email. You are welcome to apply for the programme; please ensure that you clearly outline in your personal statement any relevant experience that you have, and what you feel makes you a good fit with the programme.

You can check detailed entry requirements for postgraduate programmes in the  latest prospectus of South China University of Technology, and submit an online application via http://www.scut.edu.cn/apply


SCHOLARSHIP INTRODUCTION


1. I’m planning to apply for postgraduate programmes, is there scholarship opportunities for me?

For postgraduate level, you could apply for the following scholarships:

(1)Chinese Government Scholarship for Postgraduate Students

(2)SCUT International Scholarship for Excellence

(3)Guangdong Provincial Government Outstanding Foreign Student Scholarship

The amount awarded via each scholarship can vary, however it would usually cover part of your tuition fee. Detailed application procedure and requirements could be referred to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: 

http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp


2. I’m planning to apply for undergraduate programmes, is there scholarship opportunities for me?

For undergraduate level, you could apply for the following scholarships:

(1)SCUT International Scholarship for Excellence

(2)Guangdong Provincial Government Outstanding Foreign Student Scholarship

The amount awarded via each scholarship can vary, however it would usually cover part of your tuition fee. Detailed application procedure and requirements could be referred to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp


3. I’m planning to apply for language programmes, is there scholarship opportunities for me?

You can apply for Confucius Institute Scholarship.For applying Confucius Institute Scholarship, you need to be recommended by the Confucius Institutes in your home country. Recommending institutions could be checked via http://cis.chinese.cn

Detailed application procedure and requirements could be referred to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp


4. Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes, but each scholarship recipient can be granted with no more than one scholarship. South China University of Technology reserves the right to grant only one scholarship to each student.


CHINESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP


1. I want to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship. What are the  procedures? Where should I send the application  materials?
Applicants shall apply to the dispatching authorities,  such as the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country. Eligible  applicants shall log on the online application system, fill out and print the  application form. Application materials should be mailed in duplicate (two  copies) to the dispatching authority.

2. Where do I find the  online application system? What is the “Agency No.”?
SCUT Agency No. 10561

3. What is “dispatching authority”?  
Dispatching authority is responsible for the enrollment and  admission of the scholarship students. A dispatching authority could be one of  the following organizations or institutions: the education department, the  Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country, a foreign Embassy in China, a Chinese higher education institution, a research institute or an  academic organization (eg. German applicants could apply through the DAAD-Office  in Beijing). For details, please contact your project officer.

4.  Can I apply directly to China Scholarship Council (CSC)?
No. CSC  doesn’t accept individual applications from applicants. Please do NOT mail the application materials to CSC. Please apply to the dispatching authority, such as  the Chinese Embassy or Consulate, or Chinese higher education institutions  entitled to admit students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program (for  University Postgraduate Program). 

5. Can I send the application  materials via email to CSC?
No. Application materials via email are  not valid for scholarship application. Please log on the online application  system, fill out and print the application form. Application materials should be mailed in duplicate (two copies) to the dispatching authority.

6.  When is the deadline for application?
Please consult the dispatching  authority for the detailed deadline. Normally, students are expected to submit  their applications between January to early April.

7. I’m under  18 years old. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. An applicant under 18  years old needs a guardian during his/her stay in China until he/she turns 18. A  guardian is normally a Chinese citizen who resides and works where the student studies.

8. Can I apply without obtaining an admission  notice?
Yes.

9. Can I apply without any prior  knowledge of Chinese language?
Yes. Students who do not meet the  language proficiency requirement for the major study shall take 1-2 years’  Chinese language classes before they start the major program. Some higher  education institutions offer courses instructed in English for graduate students  and general scholars. Those who take English taught programs should not take  Chinese language classes.
Undergraduate students are required to take classes  in Chinese. Students with no prior knowledge of Chinese language shall take 1  year foundation courses at the assigned universities.

10. Where  should I take the physical examination? I am in China. Do I need to take  physical examination?
Physical examination should be conducted in  authorized hospitals. Please consult the dispatching authority for the details.  Applicants who are currently residing in China do not need to take physical  examination.

11. I want to apply for University Postgraduate  Program Scholarship. Can I apply to more than one university?
Yes,  however an applicant can only be awarded with scholarship to study at one  university. If an applicant is admitted by more than one university, CSC  reserves the right to decide which university the applicant should  attend.

12. Can I apply directly to a Chinese  university?
Yes for some programs. Some Chinese higher education  institutions and provincial or municipal education departments have Chinese  Government Scholarship quotas assigned by the Chinese Ministry of Education.  

Applicants  shall apply directly to Chinese Higher Education Institutions within due time.  Please contact the respective university for the detailed deadline. Please refer  to the CSC Study in China website for the contact information of the  universities. Eligible applicants shall log on the online application system,  fill out and print the application form. Application materials should be mailed in duplicate (two copies) to the dispatching authority. Applicants are welcome  to consult the universities about the application procedures before  February.

13. What shall I do if I can’t open the online  application website?
It might be caused by the explorer. IE is  strongly recommended for the online application website. Problems may occur when  use other explorers to log on the online application system.


ABOUT YOUR OFFER 


1. Do I have to pay a deposit for my offer?

No, we do not charge deposits for our programmes. Please check the start date stated in your Admission Notice and ensure you will be able to begin your studies on this date.


2. Can I defer my offer?

Deferral of offer is not accepted, you must reapply for the following year's programme. All documents need to be re-uploaded.


PAYMENT OF FEES AND ACCOMMODATION


1. How much is my tuition fee?

You can find out a full list of up-to-date tuition fees at SCUT by visiting:

http://www2.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/1122/list.htm

If the link doesn’t work, please refer to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp

It is important that you bring sufficient funds to cover initial expenses for your first month in China. We recommend that you have access to at least RMB 5,000 when you arrive. For safety reasons, it is not a good idea to bring large sums of cash.


2. How can I pay my fees?

You will be expected to pay your tuition fee and accommodation fee during registration. It is suggested that students apply for one debit card with UnionPay in China’s banks first and then pay by card. Usually, deferral application is unacceptable. Please also note that the tuition and accommodation fees are nonrefundable if you withdraw from the programme.


3. Should I get insurance?

It is compulsory for international students to purchase insurance at South China University of Technology. The insurance premium is 400 RMB/semester or 800 RMB/year. If you have joined in other similar insurance plan in your home country or in China, please present the related documents when register. Scholarship awardees of Chinese government are NOT required to pay for the insurance.


4. When and how do I apply for accommodation?

Please note that accommodation reservation service is not available. The rule is: First come, first served. You may choose to live off campus. Private rented accommodation can also be a good alternative. Student Affairs Office offers a range of support to those students who choose this option. You can reach them via +86 (0)20 39381020 or +86 (0)20 39381069.


5. Where can I find the accommodation types and fees?

For detailed information about student accommodation please visit:

http://www2.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/1188/list.htm

If the link doesn’t work, please refer to the latest prospectus of South China University of Technology via: http://sites.scut.edu.cn/sie_en/2015/0728/c1243a16500/page.psp


6. What are the costs of studying in Guangzhou?

We estimate that a single student living in Guangzhou will need RMB13, 000-15,000 for living expenses annually in addition to the tuition and accommodation fees. This amount includes food, clothes, books and travels.


VISA APPLICATION


1. What visa do I need?

The type of visa required will depend on the type and length of your course while you are in China. Those who will study in China for more than 6 months must apply for X1 visa, and those who will study in China for less than 6 months (including 6 months) can apply for X2 visa. To apply for X Visa (Student Visa), you will need the JW202 Form (Visa Application for Study in China Form). It takes about 45 days for the Ministry of Education to process your JW202 Form. 


2. When will I receive my JW202 form?

Please note that we aim to process your JW202 form as quickly as possible and you will receive notification when your JW202 form is ready. We will post it to you along with the official admission letter.


3. What documents do I need to bring with me to China?

1)Valid passport and visa

2)Admission Notice from SCUT (original copy)

3)Visa Application for Study in China form (JW201/JW202 form) (original copy)

4)Foreigner Physical Examination Form and Blood Test Report (original copy, if available)


4. I won't get my visa in time for the start of my course: can you extend my latest enrolment date?

Your Admission Notice shows the latest date at which you can enrol. You can only arrive late for your programme with the Admissions Office’s permission, as you may have missed too much teaching. Before you arrive late, please check with the  Admissions Office via sieinfo@scut.edu.cn that you will be allowed to start late.


5. Do I need to register at the police station?

You must register your living hotel/dormitory/renting apartment at the local police station within 24 hours after you arrive in Guangzhou.


6. How can I apply for a residence permit?

X1 visa can only permit you for 30 days duration in China, new students must pay strong attention to this and come to Student Affairs Office to apply for a residence permit before X1 visa expired.

Documents needed to submit to Student Affairs Office for applying a residence permit:

1)Admission notice

2)JW202 Form (the white and yellow pages)

3)Registration form of temporary residence from local police station.

4)Physical examination results 

5)Receipt of China Visa photograph for Foreigners in Guangdong Province

6)Completing certificate and transferring letter including the attendance and transcript



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