Learn about Guangzhou University and apply

Find out more about studies, semester dates, fees and application deadlines at Guangzhou University as well as information on how to apply.

Application periods

Autumn, 2017

Semester dates September 1st – December 15th
Orientation September 1st
Application deadline May 31st, 2017

Autumn, 2018 (dates still tentative)

Semester dates September 3rd – December 14th
Orientation September 3rd
Application deadline May 31, 2018

Key facts about Guangzhou University

The Guangzhou University campus is located near Guangzhou Sculpture Park and Luhu Park in the University Mega Center, which is home to ten different institutions of higher education. The Mega Center, that cost 2,1 billion dollars when built, is located on the island of Xiaoguwei and has excellent access to all transportation services as well as a picturesque environment. The Guangzhou University campus has the area’s largest library with over 1,960,000 books. See what you can study at Guangzhou University.


Guangzhou University
International Office
Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center
230 Wai Huan Xi Road
Guangzhou 510006

University’s website


University’s contact person

Mrs. Alice Yang

Studying at Guangzhou University

The international study abroad program at the Guangzhou University is intended for students who want to learn Chinese and who are interested in Chinese culture and the Asian economy. China is the second largest economy in the world and only expected to grow, bypassing the United States within the next few decades as the economic super power of our planet. Understanding the most exponential economic area in the world is crucial for future business leaders and in-depth knowledge and experience is highly appreciated by employers.

  • Credits per course

    One Guangzhou University credit most often converts to 1½ ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) or to 1 US study credits. Remember to ask your home institution about transferring credits.

    Read more about converting Chinese credits

  • Studies

    The international study program last 3 – 4 months and is taught in English. It is arranged from September to December each year. The aim of the study program is to acquaint students with Chinese language (Mandarin), culture, legislation and international trade. The language studies are divided into reading, listening and speaking sections.

    In addition to studying Chinese, the Asia Exchange students study Chinese Culture, Chinese Economics and Chinese Law. The cultural studies, for example, comprise of the history and dialects of the Chinese language and characters, science and technology, history and geography, folk customs and traditions, and food and drink culture. The Economic studies comprise of import and export trade in China as well as area specific economies and niche markets within the country and the region. In addition, the students study traditional Chinese martial arts which have many benefits, ranging from keeping fit and improving one’s self-defense skills, as well as training one’s character and self-discipline.

    In addition to their studies, students will also have time for free time activities and traveling. Guangzhou University prides itself in providing a well-rounded education and a fulfilling study experience and carries out various sports and cultural activities regularly on campus.

  • Course list

    The following courses are available for exchange students. All courses are Bachelor level courses.

    • Chinese Language* (Mandarin), 9 credits
      (Intensive Reading, Listening, Speaking)
    • Chinese Culture, 4 credits
      (Outline of Chinese Culture, Taijiquan)
    • Chinese Economics, 5 credits
      (Economic Law and Regulations of China, Import and Export Trade of China)

    *It may be possible to arrange advanced Chinese courses in the destination.

  • Guangzhou University Accreditation
    • Ministry of Education in China
    • International Association of Universities (IAU)
    • Ranked 100th in Asia in World University Rankings 2017 by Webometrics
    • Ranked 12th in Guangdong Province in Universities Ranking of China 2016 by CUAA (Chinese Universities Alumni Association)
    • Public university dually affiliated to Guangzhou Municipal Government and Guangdong Provincial Government
    • Experimental University of CDIO Education Model established by MIT and KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    • Key University for “National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Project of College students”
  • Student visa

    All international students will need to apply for a student visa at the at their home country’s Chinese embassy.

    The Chinese Embassy grants single- and multiple-entry visas for the purpose of studying in China. Leaving the country during your study abroad period can be tricky and we recommend traveling to other countries before or after the semester to avoid paying extra visa fees.

    Please find out the full Visa application procedure here.

  • Guangzhou University scholarship

    Guangzhou University grants a scholarship of 3000 RMB at the end of the semester to each student who has finished the program.

    The scholarship is contingent upon the student participating in the lectures and completing the program successfully.

Student testimonials

Let the students speak!


Bianca - Asia Exchange ambassador China

“It was more than what I expected”

This experience for me was really amazing and, of course, it was more than what I expected. I discovered a totally different world on the opposite part of the earth. I could learn a lot about Chinese culture, and also about many different cultures, because Guangzhou is a very dynamic city where there are people from many different countries. I could also make friends with whom I know I will stay in contact forever, and these kind of opportunities are also good for learning about yourself and for seeing what you like and what you want for your own future.


Bianca Concatti, Argentina https://www.asiaexchange.org/blogs/biancas-study-abroad-experience-in-guangzhou/

“One of the best places to learn Chinese”

Studying abroad in Guangzhou opened up a whole new world for me. Not only did I experience China and Asia for the first time, but also found what it is like to live in a fascinating, dynamic metropolis. Guangzhou might not be that well known, but it’s actually one of the biggest cities in China and one of the best places to learn Chinese. You will never run out of things to do and places to discover, and Hong Kong is just around the corner as well. 


Miika, Finland chinacalls.wordpress.com

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“One of the best things I have done in my life”

Going on exchange to Guangzhou University is one of the best things I have done in my life. I met so many interesting people, improved my Chinese language skills and discovered a new culture.


Jadhe, France https://www.asiaexchange.org/blogs/jadhe-in-guangzhou/

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“A formative experience”

It was awesome to get to know a whole host of new people and to learn about Chinese culture, custom and life. The semester in China was probably one of the most formative experiences in my life.

Tim, Germany https://www.asiaexchange.org/blogs/tim-guangzhou-university/

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“This experience contributed towards and benefited my career”

One of the things I could never have imagined beforehand is how much this experience contributed towards and benefited my career. I started to look for summer jobs and internships when I knew that I am coming to study here. I sent three applications to different places and I got all the jobs -all three!


Jenna Hytti, Finland

Videos from Guangzhou

Blogs from Guangzhou

China Calls

Miika studied abroad at Guangzhou in autumn 2015. In his blog he writes about his experiences in Guangzhou as well as Chinese language and education.

Check the blog

Mimmi in China

Mimmi spent the fall term 2014 as an exchange student in Guangzhou. In her blog she shares her pictures and experiences of her studies and the Chinese way of life.

Check the blog

Become a blogger

Do you want to write a blog during your study abroad semester? We’re always on the lookout for good bloggers. If you’d like to write a blog and have us link to it from this page, let us know! Check out our hints and tips for bloggers.

Want to read more student experiences?

Student interviews from Guangzhou

Study Abroad Reports from Guangzhou

Applying to Guangzhou University

Applying to study abroad at Guangzhou University is easy. Your placement can be confirmed already within a week.

Please read the application instructions carefully.

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • To follow the instruction, you should have sufficient English skills (B2 level). No language test is required.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required attachments
    • An official transcript of records in English (stamped by your home institution) or if you are not currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, a copy of your high school diploma (or similar document)
    • A copy of the identification page of your passport (please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip starts)
  • Application form & instructions
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
    • Fill out the online application form and submit it with the required attachments.

    Guangzhou University Application Form

    Note! After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. Check your inbox for the mail and if you don’t find it there, check your spam folder. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please contact us immediately.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you are missing some attachment(s) at the time of applying, you may send the attachment(s) later. Applications missing all the attachments will not be processed.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • For applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline we are obliged to charge an additional fee of 100 EUR (120 USD) as per our terms and conditions.

    Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa

    You will receive a confirmation of your study placement within 1 week.

    You will receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. In your application, please indicate a permanent address so that the document can find you.

    You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.

    Payment and cancellation

    Together with the initial confirmation you will receive an invoice for the application fee which must be paid within 10 days.

    The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent about 2.5 months before the semester starts.

    If you decide to cancel your participation in the program, you must send us a notification via email. Cancellations by other means (e.g. by phone or text) will not be taken into account. The application fee will not be refunded if you decide to cancel. For more information, see the terms and conditions for cancellation.

    Should you fail to pay the application fee or the tuition fee on time, we reserve the right to cancel your participation in the program. For more information, please see the terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    You are obliged to present a proof of their your insurance upon request. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

Quick facts

3 months (Autumn semester)

Max. Credits:
ca. 32 ECTS

Tuition fee:
1790 EUR / semester

Application fee:
75 EUR

Are you from outside of Europe?
Read more about the fees here.


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Reasons to choose Guangzhou University

Enjoy the warm climate and friendly people of Southern China

Experience one of China’s fastest-growing metropoles with plenty of things to discover

The diverse study program allows you to take a deep dive into Chinese language and culture

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