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Undergraduate

Q1. If I'm a Chinese citizen with a permanent residence in a foreign country, am I eligible to apply?

A: Sorry, you are not eligible. Only non-Chinese citizens with valid passports are eligible.

 

Q2. If I have given up my original Chinese citizenship and become a foreign citizen, may I apply for the undergraduate programs?

A: For those who have given up their original Chinese citizenship and become foreign citizens, the conditions set by Document No. 12 (2020) of the Ministry of Education of the PRC should be met.

 

Q3. Is there any age requirement?

A: There is no age limit but those who are under 18 (by September 1, 2021), must provide a certificate identifying a legal guardian in China. The guardian of the applicant has to stay in Hefei during the period of the applicant's studying at USTC. Whatever the guardian's nationality is, he or she must have a stable source of living.

 

Q4. Is there any requirement for the average scores of applicants in high school?

A: There is no requirement for the average scores of applicants in high school but all applicants need to submit high school/university (if applicable) transcripts (in Chinese or English) and their scores in high school will be considered while USTC evaluates each applicant.

 

Q5. Is there any requirement for Chinese language proficiency?

A: Chinese language proficiency of HSK Level 5 or above, with each subject scored over 60 points. Applicants whose native language is Chinese, or can provide proof of studying at a high school where the teaching language is Chinese, can apply for HSK test exemption.

 

Q6. Where can I check the HSK Test Centers?

A: HSK Test is held by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC). The test centers are all over the world. Test takers can check the nearest test center at

http://www.chinesetest.cn/ChangeLan.do?languge=en&t=1563436128335.

 

Q7. Is there any requirement for English language proficiency? 

A: There is no requirement for English language proficiency. But for those whose mother tongue is not English, they are supposed to provide some supporting documents of their English language proficiency, such as TOEFL/IELTS scores, or proof of studying at a high school where the teaching language is English.

 

Q8. What subjects are contained in the entrance examination?

A: The entrance examination covers the subjects of Chinese, Mathematics, and Science (comprehensive test of Physics, Chemistry and Biology). The Chinese test is all in Chinese while the Mathematics and Science tests are both in Chinese and English.

 

Q9. How can I take the entrance examination? Will there be an online test?

There will be both online and in-site exanimation and the detailed information will be sent to applicants who pass the application review later via email.

 

Q10. When will the entrance examination be held? 

A: The time and venue for the entrance examination will be notified later (usually held in April or May).

 

Q11. When will the interview be held? Is it online or on-site?

A: The time and arrangement for the interview will be notified later (usually held in April or May). There will be both online and on-site interviews.

 

Q12. Is there any application fee?

A: No, there is no application fee.

 

Q13. How much are the tuition fee and other costs?

A: Tuition fee: 26,000 RMB per academic year, Insurance fee: 800 RMB per academic year, Accommodation fee for on-campus dormitories varying from 500--1,000 RMB per month depending on room type and size

 

Q14. How will the admission decision be made? 

A: The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of applicants' academic performance (entrance examination or SAT/IB/GCE A-Level/ACT results), interview performance, qualifications, certificates and other related materials.

 

Q15. Is it necessary to have a graduation certificate from high school when I apply?

A: Applicants who will be graduating from high school before July 2021 should provide Pre-graduation Certificate (the expected graduation time should be indicated) issued by the high school. An original graduation certificate is required upon registration if get admitted.

 

Q16. Do applicants need to provide the original documents? When to provide them?

A: Yes, all the original copies of the documents provided in the Online Application System should be presented at the time of entrance examination and registration. USTC will check all the documents. If any certificate provided proves to be fake, the qualification for entrance examination and admission will be terminated.

 

Q17. What is the study mode for international undergraduate students?

A: International undergraduate students take the classes together with Chinese students.

 

Q18. Is there any kind of entrance tutorial class in USTC?

A: No, USTC doesn't hold any kind of entrance tutorial class in any form. USTC never holds or cooperates with any individual, company, or institution to organize any form of profitable training activities related to application issues.

 

Q19. How to apply for a visa and dormitory?

A: The formal Admission Notice and the entrance guidance documents (including the information about visa and dormitory) will be sent to the admitted applicants via email.

 

Q20. Is there any scholarship for undergraduate programs?

A: Undergraduate applicants can apply for a Chinese Government Scholarship or USTC Fellowship. USTC Fellowship Level A covers tuition fee, insurance fee, a monthly stipend of 2,500 RMB, and accommodation subsidy. USTC Fellowship Level B covers tuition fees. For further details, please refer to the website: USTC Fellowship Program in USTC 2021: 

http://ic.ustc.edu.cn/en/v7info.php?Nav_x=17

 

Q21. How to apply for scholarships?

A: Applicants can apply for a Chinese Government Scholarship or USTC Fellowship. 

For Chinese Government Scholarship, please refer to the official website of China Scholarship Council (Study in China: http://campuschina.org/); 

For USTC Fellowship, it can be applied via the International Student (Undergraduate) Application system of USTC. There is no need to create a new account for applying USTC fellowship if applicants have finished their online application. Applicants just need to choose the type of programs (self-financed or scholarship program) while applying in the application system. 

 

Graduate

Q1. If I'm a Chinese citizen with a permanent residence in a foreign country, am I eligible to apply?

A: No, you are not eligible. Only non-Chinese citizens with valid passports are eligible.

 

Q2. I'm now working in China. Can I apply for graduate programs at USTC?

A: You can apply, but you have to submit documents showing your status as an on-post employee and permission of release when applying, and if get admission you need to submit a demission certificate. International students cannot work with a student visa and we only recruit full-time students for our graduate programs.

 

Q3. I'm now studying in China and will graduate in July of 2021. Can I apply for graduate programs at USTC?

A: If you are currently pursuing a master's/bachelor's study and will graduate by July 2021, you can apply for doctoral/master's programs. You need to provide a pre-graduation certificate to ensure that you will complete your study and obtain an official degree certificate by July of 2021.

 

Q4. I'm now in the last year of my program (not in China) and will graduate soon. Can I apply?

A: You can apply as long as you can provide a Pre-graduation Certificate to ensure that you will complete your study and obtain an official degree certificate by July of 2021.

 

Q5. I graduated recently (not from China) and waiting for the official degree certificate. Can I apply?

A: You can apply as long as you can obtain an official degree certificate by July of 2021.

 

Q6. I am currently a registered master's student in another Chinese university; can I apply for the master's program? I am currently a registered Ph.D. student in another Chinese university; can I apply for the doctoral program?

A: You can apply, but please be noted that you cannot register in both universities, nor can you apply for an ANSO scholarship. "Applicant currently pursuing a master's degree at any university/institution in China is NOT eligible for the master's program of ANSO scholarship. Applicant currently pursuing a doctoral degree at any university/institution in China is NOT eligible for the doctoral program of ANSO scholarship."

 

Q7. I don't have a passport yet. Is it necessary for application?

A: It's OK if you don't have a passport yet at the time of application, but you should get one as soon as possible. When you get admission, passport information will be required as one of the admission documents.

 

Q8. My passport will expire soon. Can I still use it to apply for the graduate program?

A: The passport used for application should still be valid for one more year because if you get admission, the passport information will be required for making admission documents and applying for a visa in August.

 

Q9. Is there any scholarship available for graduate programs?

A: Yes. Excellent applicants may apply for USTC Fellowship, which covers tuition fees, insurance fees, monthly stipends (up to 7,000 RMB for Ph.D. students and up to 3,000 RMB for master students), and accommodation subsidies. Applicants can apply through the Online Application System. Please refer to the following link for details: USTC Fellowship Program in USTC 2021: http://ic.ustc.edu.cn/en/v7info.php?Nav_x=16

 

Q10. Is it compulsory to find a host supervisor before application?

A: Applicants are suggested to finish their online application directly. Complete your online application and USTC will help to send your file to relevant schools/departments for a host supervisor later (only if your online application is complete).

 

Q11. How will USTC help to find supervisors?

A: The application documents of applicants whose online application is complete will be sent to relevant schools/departments, which later will select candidates for an online interview. The schools and departments will help those who pass the online interview to find a host supervisor.

 

Q12. If I do not have a pre-acceptance from one of the USTC professors, how much chance is there for me to get final admission?

A: The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of applicants' academic performance, interview performance, qualifications, certificates and other related materials. Schools/departments will help applicants who pass the interview to find host supervisors and rank all applicants based on their comprehensive evaluation. Thus whether you have a host supervisor or not while applying has little to do with the final admission decision. 

 

Q13. Do I need to pay any application fees?

A: No, you don't. We don't charge any application fees for the online application to USTC.

 

Q14. How can I find which program is taught in English?

A: Most of the doctoral programs can be conducted in English, while so far master's degree programs in the field of business administration, public administration, and geophysics are conducted in English. On the following websites, you can find master's programs instructed in Chinese or English. 

http://ic.ustc.edu.cn/en/v7info.php?Nav_x=10

 

Q15. Where can I get information for a specific program, like courses, credits, requirements, etc.?

A: You may refer to USTC Graduate School for such information (in Chinese): 

https://gradschool.ustc.edu.cn/article/2199  

As for information in English, we suggest you contact professors or departments.

Professors'  profile: http://ic.ustc.edu.cn/en/v7info.php?Nav_x=77

Schools/departments: http://en.ustc.edu.cn/Schools.htm

 

Q16. What should I submit for “Photocopy of degree certificate and academic transcript notarized by Ministry of Education or equivalent authority”?

A: You have to get the photocopy of your original degree certificate and transcripts to be notarized by the Ministry of Education or equivalent authority, like HEC.

 

Q17. Where should I get a physical examination?

A: Public hospitals would be a good choice. For a private hospital, we suggest you confirm with the Chinese Embassy to see whether it is recognized.

 

Q18. Is there any requirement for the average scores of applicants in previous schools?

A: There is no requirement for the average scores of applicants in previous schools but all applicants should submit high school/university (if applicable) transcripts (in Chinese or English) and their scores in previous schools will be considered while USTC evaluates each applicant.

 

Q19. Is there any requirement for Chinese language proficiency?

A: Applicants for programs instructed in Chinese must provide a photocopy of HSK certificate (level 4 or above) or other proof of their Chinese language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is Chinese, or who can provide proof of studying at a high school where the teaching language is Chinese, can apply for HSK test exemption. 

 

Q20. What is HSK?

A: HSK is a standard national test to examine the Chinese language proficiency of non-Chinese-native speakers. HSK certificate is only valid for 2 years.

http://www.chinesetest.cn/ChangeLan.do?languge=en&t=1414651410446

 

Q21. I know Chinese well and want to apply for a program taught in Chinese, but I don't have the HSK certificate. What should I do?

A: Applicants who apply for programs instructed in Chinese must have HSK4. Applicants whose native language is Chinese, or can provide proof of studying at a high school where the teaching language is Chinese, can apply for HSK test exemption.

 

Q22. Where can I check the HSK Test Centers?

A: HSK Test is held by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC). The test centers are all over the world. Test takers can check the nearest test center at http://www.chinesetest.cn/ChangeLan.do?languge=en&t=1563436128335.

 

Q23. Is there any requirement for English language proficiency?

A: Yes, applicants who apply for programs instructed in English must provide English language proficiency.

 

Q24. I know English well and want to apply for a program taught in English, but I don't have TOEFL or IELTS result. What should I do?

A: You have to submit other documents as proof of your English proficiency.  A letter from your previous university can prove that all the courses were given in English.

 

Q25. Do applicants need to provide the original documents? When to provide them?

A: Yes, all the original copies of the documents provided in the Online Application System should be presented at the time of entrance examination and registration. USTC will check all the documents. If any certificate provided proves to be fake, the qualification for entrance examination and admission will be terminated. 

 

Q26. What to do if I cannot find the major that I want to apply in the first/second-level discipline?

A: All the disciplines which can be provided with degrees from USTC are included in the first/second-level discipline list on the online application system. If you cannot find your major on the list, you need to select a first/second-level discipline that is most closely related to your major.

 

Q27. Is there any requirement for recommenders/referees? 

A: You are suggested to request teachers in your previous university and are familiar with your academic performance to provide you with recommendation/reference letters. Recommendation letters provided by a professor, a researcher, an associate professor, or an assistant professor are all acceptable.

 

Q28. How can my referee upload the reference letters?

A: While applying online in the USTC application system, you will be asked to add your referees' email addresses. After it is added successfully, you can click "send an email to referee" and then he/she will receive an email and upload the scanned reference letter (signed, dated, and on official headed paper with contact phone number and email address) according to the instructions in the email.

 

Q29. What should I do if my referee does not receive any email about uploading reference letters?

A: You can change the new email address of your referee and try to send him/her another new email. If still, it fails, please send an email to isa@ustc.edu.cn.

 

Q30. Does my referee need to send the original reference letter to USTC?

A: No need. You just need to request the referee to upload the reference letter for you according to the requirement in the email received.      

 

Q31. I fail to submit the online application several times. What should I do?

A: If your online application can't be made successfully several times, please check whether you open it with the appropriate browser: IE or Google Chrome. If still, it fails, please send an email to isa@ustc.edu.cn.

 

Q32. If my score is not in the form of a centesimal system, how can I fill it?    

A: Please provide your overall GPA in the centesimal system (eg. 82/100). If you do not know how to convert it, please provide your overall GPA in the following format: 2.61/4 or 3

 

Q33. Is there an examination or interview conducted after the submission of the application?

A: An online interview will be held by schools/departments to select a certain number of applicants based on the review of applicants' application documentation. 

 

Q34. When will the interview be held? Is it online or on-site?

A: The time and arrangement for the interview will be notified later (usually held in April or May). There will be an online interview. The detailed information will be emailed. Please check the email address that you used for login in in the application system of USTC otherwise you may miss important information like interview notice.

 

Q35. How will you select applications?

A: 1. All the complete applications will be reviewed by the International College of USTC for the first round to check mainly the eligibility. 2. Applications passed in the first round will be reviewed by professors, departments, and schools and selected to be interviewed online to check mainly academic background, research capability, and intended research field. 3. Applicants who pass the school interview will be reviewed by the USTC selection committee to finalize the list of nominated candidates for different programs.

 

Q36. When and where can I know the result?

A: You can check the status of your application in the online application system. The final list of awardees will be announced on our website in July.

 

Q37. If I don't get admission with a scholarship, can I apply for admission as a self-financed student?

A: Yes, you can apply online for the self-financed program if you don't get scholarship admission. 

 

Q38. How much chance is there for someone on the waiting list to get a scholarship?

A: Candidates on the waiting list will have a chance to get a scholarship in case someone on the nomination list gives up the scholarship, but we're not able to tell how much chance.

 

Q39. If I get admission, when can I receive admission documents?

A: We will send to you by post the admission documents usually in late July or August.

 

Q40. What should I do if I receive admission documents?

A: After receiving admission documents, you should apply for a student visa as soon as possible in the Chinese Embassy/Consulate and get prepared for coming to USTC.

 

Q41. If I get admission, when will the semester start?

A: It will start in Sept. 2021.

 

Q42. Some agencies or people say that they have cooperated with USTC on the admissions of international students. Should I trust them?

A: USTC does not authorize any agency or individual on the admission affairs. 

 

Q43. Is there any kind of entrance tutorial class in USTC?

A: No. USTC doesn't hold any kind of entrance tutorial class in any form. USTC never holds or cooperates with any individual, company, or institution to organize any form of profitable training activities related to application issues.

 

Q44. What is the study mode for international graduate students?

A: International graduate students take the classes together with Chinese students. 

 

Programs in Suzhou

Q1: I'm a Chinese student, can I apply for master's programs in Suzhou?

A: No, you are not eligible. Only non-Chinese citizens with valid passports are eligible.

 

Q2: I'm studying in China (or other countries) now and will graduate in July of 2021. Can I apply for this program?

A: If you are currently pursuing bachelor/master's study and will graduate by July 2021, you can apply for this program. You need to provide a pre-graduation certificate to ensure that you will complete your study and obtain an official degree certificate by July of 2021.

 

Q3: I'm now working in China. Can I apply for this program?

A: You can apply, but you have to submit documents showing your status as an on-post employee and permission of release when applying, and if get admission you need to submit a demission certificate. International students can not work with a student visa and we only recruit full-time students for our graduate programs.

 

Q4: I don't have a passport yet. Is it necessary for application?

A: It’s OK if you don't have a passport yet at the time of application, but you should get one as soon as possible. When you get admission, passport information will be required as one of the admission documents.

 

Q5: My passport will expire soon. Can I still use it to apply for this program?

A: The passport used for application should still be valid for one more year because if you get admission, the passport information will be required for making admission documents and applying for a visa in August. 

 

Q6: Can I apply for the scholarship for master's programs in Suzhou?

A: This is a self-financed program. But we also provide scholarships for excellent international students.

 

Q7: How can I apply for the scholarship?

A: Based on your interview performance, you have a chance to get a full or partial tuition waiver. After your enrollment in USTC, in the physical campus, you could apply for the scholarship. Different schools have different policies for scholarships, and you can consult the school.

 

Q8. Is it compulsory to find a host supervisor before application?

A: Applicants are suggested to finish their online application directly. Complete your online application and USTC will help to send your file to relevant schools/departments. Normally you will be assigned to a mentor before thesis writing in the second year.

 

Q9. Do I need to pay any application fees?

A: No, you don't. We don't charge any application fees for online applications to USTC.

 

Q10. Where can I get information for a specific program, like courses, credits, requirements, etc.?

A: You may refer to contact info in different master's programs of schools.

 

Q11. What should I submit for “Photocopy of degree certificate and academic transcript notarized by Ministry of Education or equivalent authority”?

A: You have to get the photocopy of your original degree certificate and transcripts to be notarized by the Ministry of Education or equivalent authority, like HEC.

 

Q12. Where should I get a physical examination?

A: Public hospitals would be a good choice. For a private hospital, we suggest you confirm with the Chinese Embassy to see whether it is recognized.

 

Q13. Is there any requirement for the average scores of applicants in previous schools?

A: There is no requirement for the average scores of applicants in previous schools but all applicants should submit the university (if applicable) transcripts (in Chinese or English) and their scores in previous schools will be considered while USTC evaluates each applicant.

 

Q14. Is there any requirement for Chinese language proficiency?

A: Suzhou master's programs are English programs; there is no compulsive requirement for your Chinese language level. And you will have Chinese classes after registration.

 

 

Q15. Is there any requirement for English language proficiency?

A: Yes, applicants who apply for programs instructed in English must provide English language proficiency.

 

 

Q16. Do applicants need to provide the original documents? When to provide them?

A: Yes, all the original copies of the documents provided in the Online Application System should be presented at the time of entrance examination and registration. USTC will check all the documents. If any certificate provided proves to be fake, the qualification for entrance examination and admission will be terminated. 

 

 

Q17. Is there any requirement for recommenders/referees? 

A: You are suggested to request teachers in your previous university and are familiar with your academic performance to provide you with recommendation/reference letters. Recommendation letters provided by a professor, a researcher, an associate professor, or an assistant professor are all acceptable.

 

 

Q18. What should I do if my referee does not receive any email about uploading reference letters?

A: You can change the new email address of your referee and try to send him/her another new email. If still, it fails, please send an email to isa@ustc.edu.cn.

 

 

Q19. I fail to submit the online application several times. What should I do?

A: If your online application can't be made successfully several times, please check whether you open it with the appropriate browser: IE or Google Chrome. If still, it fails, please send an email to isa@ustc.edu.cn.

 

 

Q20. If my score is not in the form of a centesimal system, how can I fill it?    

A: Please provide your overall GPA in the centesimal system (eg. 82/100). If you do not know how to convert it, please provide your overall GPA in the following format: 2.61/4 or 3.15/5.  

 

Q21. Is there an examination or interview conducted after the submission of the application?

A: An online interview will be held by schools/departments to select a certain number of applicants based on the review of applicants' application documentation. 

 

Q22. When will the interview be held? Is it online or on-site?

A: The time and arrangement for the interview will be notified later (usually held in April or May). There will be an online interview. The detailed information will be emailed. Please check the email address that you used for login in in the application system of USTC otherwise you may miss important information like interview notice.

 

Q23. How will you select applications?

A: 1. All the complete applications will be reviewed by the International College of USTC for the first round to check mainly the eligibility. 2. Applications passed in the first round will be reviewed by professors, departments, and schools and selected to be interviewed online to check mainly academic background, research capability, and intended research field. 3. Applicants who pass the school interview will be reviewed by the USTC selection committee to finalize the list of nominated candidates for different programs.

 

Q24. When and where can I know the result?

A: You can check the status of your application in the online application system. The final list of awardees will be announced on our website in July.

 

Q25. If I get admission, when can I receive admission documents?

A: We will send to you by post the admission documents usually in late July or August.

 

Q26. What should I do if I receive admission documents?

A: After receiving admission documents, you should apply for a student visa as soon as possible in the Chinese Embassy/Consulate and get prepared for coming to USTC.

 

Q27. If I get admission, when will the semester start?

A: It will start in Sept. 2021.

 

Q28. Some agencies or people say that they have cooperated with USTC on the admissions of international students. Should I trust them?

A: USTC does not authorize any agency or individual on the admission affairs. 

More any questions, pls send your email to isa@ustc.edu.cn.

 

USTC Fellowship

Q1. Is it compulsory to find a host supervisor before application for USTC Fellowship?

A: Applicants are suggested to finish their online application directly. Complete your online application and USTC will help to send your file to relevant schools/departments for a host supervisor later.

 

Q2. Do I need to pay any application fees?

A: No, you don't. We don't charge any application fees.

 

Q3. How to apply for USTC Fellowship for undergraduate /master's /doctoral programs?

A: Applicants can apply for USTC Fellowship via the International Student Application System of USTC. There is no need to create a new account for applying for USTC Fellowship if applicants have finished their online application. Applicants just need to choose the type of programs (self-financed or scholarship program) in the application system.

 

Q4. If I don't get admission with a scholarship, can I apply for admission as a self-financed student?

A: Yes, you can apply online for a self-financed program if you don't get scholarship admission.

 

Q5. How will you review the applications for USTC Fellowship for master/doctoral programs?

A: 1. All the complete applications will be reviewed by the International College of USTC for the first round to check mainly the eligibility.

2. Applications passed in the first round will be reviewed by professors, departments, and schools and selected to be interviewed online to check mainly academic background, research capability, and intended research field.

3. Applicants who pass the school interview will be reviewed by the USTC selection committee to finalize the list of nominated candidates for different programs.

 

Q6. Do you offer USTC Fellowship to Chinese Language Training Program? 

A: It's a self-financed program. However, upon the completion of courses, the top international students who exhibited the best performance will be rewarded.

 

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