How Will China Open Its Border for International Students in 2022: 5 Possible Ways
China has closed its border for international students and almost all foreigners since March 28, 2020 due to the pandemic. It has been about 2 years that foreign students cannot come to China despite some reported petitions are undergoing in several countries such as Morocco, Pakistan, Thailand, etc; some international students are suffering from problems like internet connections, time differences(Check CUCAS interview of international students). Although China is adopting possibly the most restrictive COVID 19 prevention protocols in the world, and it is unlikely that China will open its border for all foreigners or all international students this year and we haven't got any officially confirmed news yet, there are still possibilities that China will open its border for part of international students in 2022. This article lists 5 possible ways of it. (Please be noted that this article is only to tell some possibilities to its readers according to some recent information, please refer to the Chinese government's official announcements as formal policy.)
China actually has signed a bilateral agreement with South Korea in 2021, which allows South Korean students who were accepted by Chinese universities to enter China even in the pandemic, and recently Russian Embassy in China is conducting surveys with Chinese universities and related departments of the Chinese government, to check the possibilities to allow Russian students to come to China in 2022. Some Chinese universities have submitted their proposal to receive Russian students this year and some of them will be approved. We don't know when will Russian students be able to come to China, since in this February, the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, and there are several important meetings will be held in this year as well.
But when China opens its border to Russian students, It is reasonable to believe that it will also slowly open for international students from some other countries such as countries in the "Belt and Road Initiative" and ASEN countries due to cooperations and economic relationships, especially for those countries which have well controlled the pandemic.
And if China opens its border for some countries, it is a signal that China will open for more countries, and we believe related standards and conditions will be announced shortly.
Especially for master and Ph.D. degree students currently in their last year of study, they have to do some researches, projects, experiments, and a lot of communications, yet obviously, online education is not a good way for them and they should enjoy enough priority to come to China to complete their degree successfully.
It is possible for China to allow those students to come back to China first since it is in accordance with China's policy of training advanced personnel with high quality of education.
Some countries like Pakistan have issued policies stating that the degree students get by completely online education might not be recognized by their commissions. For example, in those medical programs like MBBS and clinical medicine, usually students for medical programs have to learn face to face and need to learn by doing a lot of physical experiments otherwise they cannot fully get related knowledge.
And some programs like mechanical engineering, education, also require students to do some internships to absorb important knowledge and experience before they can graduate. Some Chinese universities are also communicating with the government to allow them to come back to China to solve these critical issues.
It is now the third year for China to close its border for international students, and the bachelor degree in China, in most cases, is just 4 years, China is also unlikely to close for a longer time, since the pandemic has already brought significant influence to China's international education industry. Some programs for international students have been closed or suspended. And China is possible to open some provinces for foreigners first. Those provinces have well-controlled the pandemic can be opened first, so the government can see the result and adjust policies and protocols wisely and gradually. Since close because of the pandemic is also influencing the economy.
Some places such as Hongkong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Zhejiang are possible to be opened slightly for more foreigners in 2022.
Some Chinese universities or colleges are jointly operated by Chinese universities and foreign universities, like Duke Kunshan University, New York University Shanghai, etc. They also recruit foreign students and some of them also have exchange programs with Chinese universities. Those universities in China are possible to get permission for enrolled or new students to come to China in 2022 since the closure of the border is heavily influencing them in the past two years.
1. Take vaccines. Even China opened its border for all foreign students, we believe that the government will demand foreigners to take WHO-approved vaccines and show related certificates before coming to China.
2. Do necessary tests like the nucleic acid test. Taking vaccines is not enough, it is highly possible that you need to take some other tests like a nucleic acid test before you can come to China in 2022.
3. Get ready for quarantine. Now foreigners who are allowed to enter China need to be quarantined for 28 days right after they arrived in China. We believe this policy will change according to real time situation, but it is unlikely to be completely abandoned in 2022, before the world could terminate the COVID 19 pandemic completely. So you are suggested to bring some necessary goods for the quarantine before you land on the airplane to China.
Hope the pandemic can be terminated in 2022 and all foreign students could come to China soon! If you have questions regarding study in China 2022, please feel free to contact our counselors below: