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Joining an MBA Program in China

China is one of the rising countries of world education, and many establishments are now among the first parts of the world rankings. The MBA programs of Chinese institutions have also benefited from this international recognition, and today represent an excellent alternative to Anglo-Saxon programs.

Chinese universities offer the vast majority of them with courses taught in English, while the share of international students in the number of promotions continues to increase, often exceeding 50%.

MBA programs in China often bring together the elite of Chinese students, and therefore require a level of involvement sometimes higher than the majority of Anglo-Saxon MBAs.

The advantages and specificities of a Chinese MBA

China is now the world’s second largest economy, and most certainly the leading economic power of tomorrow. Obtaining a Chinese MBA degree allows you to orient your professional profile as well as your career towards this promising market, rich in opportunities.

Currently in 2012, MBA graduate in China earns nearly $ 53,000 per year, or a little less than his colleagues working in Western countries, while the cost of living is less than half. Better yet, salaries increase steadily by 15% every 4 years. In ten years or so, the average salary in China for MBA graduates is likely to be higher than in Western countries!

The structure of MBAs in China

The majority of Chinese universities offer programs delivered over a period of 18 to 24 months. One of the peculiarities of Chinese programs is that on average the students are much more experienced than in other countries, with 5 to 7 professional experiences compared to 3 to 5 years in Western countries.

At the program level, the first year is often similar to all students while the second allows to specialize in a specific field and to choose its modules. It is also possible to join part-time programs, online programs, or even Executive MBAs.

Key dates and sending your application

The requirements of MBA programs in China are broadly similar to MBAs offered in the rest of the world, but some exceptions exist. So, in case you want to take the courses in Chinese, whether in whole or in part, you must take the HSK test assessing your level of Chinese. This is by no means compulsory for students joining a program entirely in English.

It is necessary to prepare your admission 12 to 18 months before the scheduled start date, the steps to study in China being particularly numerous and rather long to set up.

It is normally possible to register online through the university portal, for a cost between 300 RMB to 1000 RMB (35 to 115 euros).

The cost of Chinese MBA programs

Higher education in China is much more accessible than for Anglo-Saxon countries and this is also reflected in the registration fees for Chinese MBA programs.

Count between 25,000 RMB to 350,000 RMB for the complete program, or from 3,200 euros to 44,000 euros. The total cost varies according to the duration of the course, and the specificities thereof.

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