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applicant should be 40 years of age or younger. The program lasts from two to three years.

D. General advanced students: The applicant should have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in China or abroad, and should intend to continue studying in China a subject in which he/ she already has some background (except for those wishing to study elementary Chinese). The applicant should be 35 years of age or younger. The program lasts from one to two years.

E. Senior advanced students: The applicant should have at least the equivalent of the Chinese master's degree or be a candidate for a doctorate degree in another country. The student pursues advanced study independently under the direction of Chinese tutors. He/she should be 45 years of age or younger. The program generally lasts one year.

Application Procedures

Self-sponsored students who are not applying under an institution-to-institution agreement may send their applications directly to the university to which they are applying. Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. Completed "Application Form for Foreigners Wishing to Study in China."

  2. Health Certificate, completed by a medical doctor after a physical examination of the applicant. The form should bear a seal of a clinic or a hospital. Those who fail to meet the health requirements will not be admitted to study in China. Anyone who fails to meet the requirements come to China will be asked to leave the country within a month at his/ her own expense.

  3. Duplicated copies of notarized diploma or certificate and school-certified transcript of complete academic records, in English or Chinese, or with a translation in English or Chinese.

  4. Master's and doctoral degree candidates must submit recommendation letters from at least two professors or associate professors (or people holding equivalent titles). Advanced students intending to pursue studies in the fine arts may be required to submit the following additional materials (check with institution):

    Art history: copy of an original term paper or other substantial piece of work on some aspect of art history;

    Graphic arts: three original pieces, or color photographs of six samples of the applicant's work;

    Music (performance): 30-minute tape recording of vocal or instrumental performance;

    Music (composition): copy of an original composition.

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