Due to observations in past years, we’ve found that 3 ways are normally chosen by majority of people who would have applied for a Chinese university, namely, apply in person, apply through an education agency and apply through CUCAS.
Applying to a school where you will stay to study for a certain period is surely a big thing, so I understand that you want to control everything during this process all by yourself. I can certainly list one or two pros of applying in-person: a) Having a thorough comprehension on every university and their programs when you search information. b) You can go through details about different accommodation by yourself, to find a suitable and ideal room for the new chapter in your life.
But consider it carefully. Finding an ideal program and a suitable school could be very time-consuming and energy-wasted; furthermore, it can’t be guaranteed that the information on the internet is updated and correctly. In terms of accommodation, you would be confused about diverse accommodation types in China and be reluctant about whether you should live in a school dormitory or rent an apartment out the campus. In that case, it would be a great risk that you miss the deadline for applying the accommodation.
In order to ease the trouble of applying in-person, a certain number students will turn to an education agency no matter in the local or from the internet. It is true that having a professional consultant by your side could ease your pressure both mentally and physically. But you gonna pay a high price for it. I was told once by an Indian student that a local agency charged him at least 2000 USD for his application, while the truth is applying for a Chinese university only costs you no more than 100 to 150 USD as the application fee at average level. And it will be worse that the agency won’t refund you if you fail in the application.
Applying through CUCAS is easy and convenient. You can directly search all the information about any university and program you need in CUCAS website, and make comparison as well as all the decisions by yourself, which means you could actually control your application in your own hands. Besides, we have a group of experienced consultants at your service any time. You don’t need to worry that you will be charged a lot, all you need to pay is the application fee that directly charged by the school but CUCAS is authorized to collect on the schools’ behalf.
Here is a simple table that could show you what you can get from CUCAS.
|Apply to University in-person||Apply through CUCAS|
|1. Unlimited Consulting||×||√|
|2. Fluent English Communication||Rarely||√|
|3. Updated Information on website||Not updated in time||√|
|4. Multiple School Application||×||√|
|5. Free Admission Notice Delivery Service||By Airmail---Slow and easy to lose||By DHL---Fast and safe|
|6. Airport Pick-up Service||Rarely||√|
|7. Accommodation Booking Service||Difficulty to book||Easy to book|
|8. Money Transfer Service||×||√|
|9. Free Gifts (Brochures and Guides etc.)||×||√|
And the most important thing is, all of the service mentioned in the above table by CUCAS is totally FREE of charge!
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1. Apply in-person: Hard to communicate with the school; Time differences.
Name: Orimolade Oluwagbohunmi Temitayo
University: Nanjing Medical University
I graduated from senior high school in year 2011, I applied for a medical school back in my country but was not admitted because it is a very hard process; limited seats, expensive tuition and even if I was to be admitted, I had to read a different course. I stayed home through out that year and waited for the next academic year.
In the year 2012, I started the process of admission, which was not an easy task because I had no one to guide me, no agent or agency to help in the process even if payment was required for the service, except a cousin of mine who was already in china studying medicine, he was in his 4th year, but I could not put too much pressure on him because of time difference and he was busy with his final exams. He couldn’t do much because he needed to concentrate on studying, but he tried his best to help me with the admission process, he sent me the admission form through e-mail. It was not as easy as it sounds in that, the only convenient way for me to contact the school was via the internet, I could not call the school because of the seven (7) hour time difference.
Two weeks after filling the form and providing the required documents to the school via email, I got my admission letter requesting for payment of 2000 dollars as deposit fee. I went with my parents to a local bank to make the transaction. We had to fill some forms and we were required to change the money from naira to dollars. After we were given the transaction details, I scanned and send it to the school, waited for the school’s reply during which, my parents started getting worried of been duped, because internet fraud has now become a very rampant crime, after a week or two, I got an email confirming the school had received the money, my parents became relaxed. Then I received parcel with some other documents needed to complete the admission process. A week after I received the parcel, I was so anxious to see what was inside, it was all like a dream to me. The parcel contained some documents showing the details about school fees, resumption details, and also the most important document; the JW202 form; needed for visa application.
2. Apply through an agency: Being fraud
Name: Rebecca Chinapiel
University: Nanjing Medical University
In December 2010, my sister has told me try to look for China and this might be a good opportunity for me since lots of Mauritian are studying Medicine there. So, I had surf for many medical universities that would teach in English medium and I came across an agent named ‘Master U’ that sent students from Mauritius to China. After I have emailed the agency telling them that I do not intend to enter the 1st year of Medicine because I already hold a degree in Science and that I would like to be transfer into either 2nd or 3rd year directly since I have already done many of the modules, they have immediately called me for an appointment immediately.
‘Master U’ told me that I was accepted to Fujian Medical University to start 2nd year 2nd semester starting in February 2011. I was so happy knowing that my dream to become a doctor will soon be accomplished. I was told by the agency that I need to make an immediate payment of €800 to secure my place which I did out of happiness and joy that I have been accepted in a Medical University. To add with, I was also given the course structure along with the fees payment which have accounted to about 160 000 Yuan for 3.5 years without accommodation fees.
When I was checking the fees structure that Master U has given me, I have found something very strange and was quite fraudulent, because it was mention that I have a fees of 50 000 Yuan that I should pay for USMLE and that its compulsory else I would not be admitted to Fujian Medical University.
I knew very clearly that USMLE is an independent body and that it is regulated by the US medical council, not China and this can’t be a compulsory set by Fujian Medical University. So, I decided to contact the university myself, and a lady at the administration had emailed me the fees structure that I am supposed to pay and also I was told that the USMLE supposedly part of the program according to MASTER U is not included.
I was very surprised and very shocked, because I was embezzled for money by MASTER U and this is very fraudulent, so I decided to tell Master U that they are not operating lawfully and would like to get my money back and that I would apply to Fujian Medical University directly an through them.
Master U was not willing to return my money and they told me that this is the only university in China that would accept me as a transfer student, and that I can’t get admitted nowhere. Moreover they told me that the only option to get to Fujian University is through them and that I am obliged to pay the fees for the USMLE.
My parents had agreed but I did not at all to go to Fujian by this agency, because I have seen how they are operating very fraudulently. I had some friends who were studying in Wenzhou Medical College, and they have told me that they have also use Master U and that this agency has stolen their money through a fake USMLE course.
Master U was not willing to return me back my money but I had told the agency that I will sue them if they don’t return. Because of the fear that the agency name would tarnish if I pursue them, they returned my money back. Even though I got all the money back, my dreams were shattered because my willing to become a doctor and the road to it is closing and also time was passing.