Jiangsu is located along the eastern coast of China and boasts a highly developed economy and a multitude of ancient historic sites; it has become a haven for both international and Chinese students and visitors.

Great Travel and Exploration

Jiangsu is situated between east longitude 114°18′, 121°57′ and north latitude 30°45′ , 35°20′. Jiangsu faces the Yellow Sea to the east, borders Shandong Province to the north, Anhui Province in the west and Shanghai and Zhejiang Province to the southeast. Owing to its advantageous geographic location and easy access to its vast hinterland, Jiangsu province is becoming one of the most developed and economically prosperous provinces in China.

Unsurprisingly, Jiangsu has been a tourist destination for thousands of years and over many different dynasties. Nanjing, Suzhou, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Changshu, Xuzhou and Huai’an are all famous historical and cultural cities that embody China’s rich and diverse history. Sixteen cities in the province have been noted as exemplary tourist destinations, including the cities of Nanjing, which has been the capital of six different dynasties, and Suzhou, a relic of ancient China. There are also 3 major tourist centers in Jiangsu, namely the Yangtze River, Tai Lake and the Xuhuai twin cities (Xuzhou and Huai’an). There are now twenty renowned scenic destinations, twenty-three national parks, six holiday resorts and 461 historical sites under state and provincial protection. Nine classical gardens in Suzhou are designated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage sites and in 2010, income from domestic tourists visiting Jiangsu amounted to over 468.5 billion Yuan. The cities in Jiangsu are refreshingly green and boast a wide array of gardens and trees, covering the cities with a lush canopy of greenery and aromatic flowers. Although many are under the impression that all cities in China must be heavily polluted, this is not the case. Many people visiting China are awestruck by the care that is put into maintaining the native greenery in the city which benefit the citizens of Jiangsu by providing shade and refreshing oxygen.

Easy to Get Around

Private car ownership in Jiangsu is a relatively recent phenomenon, meaning that it's extremely easy to get around in China without a car. China has one of the world's most well-developed railway systems, making it both convenient and affordable to travel around this vast and fascinating country. Urban public transport systems are also efficient, modern, and, in most cities, vastly superior to those in Western metropolises. The only downside is, with so many people, it's not always easy to get a seat! Taxis are also readily available and extremely affordable, although it may be difficult to hail a cab unless you’re with a Chinese colleague, as many of the drivers have little to no English language skills.

Cost of Transportation in Major Cities


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About 40 US cents per kilometer

Economically Developed Province

From the beginning of China's economic reform to the subsequent entry into the world economy 30 years ago, Jiangsu province has worked extensively to foster its economic roots within China and within the global economy. Jiangsu's economic and social development has made remarkable achievements, and since 1992, the provincial GDP has maintained a consistent two digit growth per annum.

Jiangsu was one of the first provinces that fully embraced China’s race to the top of the global economy, modernizing its many industries and instilling an economic mindset into each and every one of its 80 million citizens. Since the 1950’s, Jiangsu has developed its chemical and construction industries, allowing the industries to flourish and to quickly surpass the development in other provinces. Jiangsu has also heavily invested in other industries, such as: mining, cash cropping, fishing, agriculture, textiles, food production and solar energy production. Jiangsu has risen quickly to top of the economic ladder in China, second only to Guangdong province in the south. In 2011, the GDP reached a record high of ¥ 4.80 trillion Yuan (US$759 billion), with a per capita GDP of ¥ 52,448 Yuan (US$7,945). The capital city, Nanjing, has also made itself readily available and appealing for large sporting events, attracting the Second Asian Youth Games in 2013 as well as the Youth Olympic Games being held in late summer of 2014. These games represent an important opportunity for the city to redevelop and reinvent itself for the influx of tourist while similarly acting as a catalyst for economic and aesthetic development within the city.

The province also houses numerous multinational corporations who have chosen Jiangsu province as&nbline-height:20px;sp;its headquarters due to its thriving economic climate and readily available and enduring working class. These corporations also provide many employment opportunities for foreigners in China as these people are seen as an invaluable resource in the bridging of economies and in the globalization of the modern world due to their personal experiences in China, as well as in their home countries.

High Quality of Education

Along with the economic prosperity and rich cultural history found in this province, Jiangsu has also pushed for rapid and progressive development in other fields and has become known as a leader in China’s push for superior education.

This focus on education isn’t entirely new, as the province has put a great emphasis on education for many thousands of years and although the province makes up only 1% of China’s total landmass, the number of scholars in the intellectual eras of the Ming and Qing dynasties equate to almost one third of the total scholars in all of China, laying the foundation for an in-depth understanding of, and strong focus on education in modern day Jiangsu. There is also a strong focus in Jiangsu on artistic and non-scientific education that may not be present in other provinces due to their status as “non-essential” fields of work. The focus on preserving history and building a prevalent arts scene translated into the educational system in Jiangsu, facilitating the creation of many schools that may be considered ‘alternative’ in the eyes of modern day China. There are many firsts within the province, including: the Nantong Textile Vocational Technology College, The Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, the first (modern) school for Operatic education as well as the Nanjing School for the Deaf.

There are now 133 colleges and universities and a total of 1.8 million students in all. The number of university students in Jiangsu encompasses approximately 10% of the total university students in all of China, and 2.7% of the students in the entire world. Higher education institutions in Jiangsu have established exchanges and cooperative relationships with more than 500 overseas universities and colleges in recent years, and are working diligently to foster more relationships with many more schools around the world. Since admission of international students became a possibility in 1976, more than 130, 000 international students from 175 foreign countries have come to study in one of the many of the exquisite universities in Jiangsu. More recently, the number of international students has increased by an average annual rate of nearly 14%. In 2012, 45 universities and colleges received approximately 17000 international students, 45% of which were participating in a year-long certificate program, while 74% enrolled themselves in a post-secondary degree. There are 14 different Chinese Government Scholarships available at the many universities in Jiangsu, making this province a major benefactor for foreign students in China.

Lower and Affordable Cost of Living and Studying

It may come as a surprise to many western students that the costs associated with attending a university in Jiangsu will definitely be significantly lower than those in the UK, USA, Australia or elsewhere in Europe. Students from the west are accustomed to racking up large amounts of debt in the pursuit of higher education, where tuition fees can easily reach $10000-$50000 per year for domestic students, not including living expenses. Even within China, Jiangsu offers significantly lower tuition fees and costs of living in comparison to other large Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, where living expenses can be between 25%-50% higher than in the university cities of Jiangsu. Comparatively, studying in other developed Asian countries, such as Japan or Korea, can be quite costly as well as the cost of living is equal to, if not more expensive than many western cities due to high population density and lack of natural resources. For example, the city of Seoul is ranked as one of the top five most expensive cities for expatriates.

In Jiangsu, the cost of studying at a high ranking university can be significantly lower than the tuition fees at an equally well ranked school in any western country. The average cost of living in combination with tuition fees can still come in at a significantly lower price than just the tuition fees at an average western university. The average tuition costs for a foreign student in Jiangsu are between ¥5000 and ¥30000 Yuan ($800 – $4800 USD), per year, varying heavily depending on the university and the program of study. It is also important to note that these fees could potentially be waived if the student applied to the many scholarships available in Jiangsu, such as the “Jasmine Scholarship” or Chinese government scholarship. The Chinese government is looking to heavily invest and to forge bonds with foreign economies, meaning that the opportunities for western students to study inexpensively in China are rapidly increasing.


Another reason that students may want to study in Nanjing is the extremely low cost of living compared to western countries. In a city like New York, where the transit costs $2 per ride and an inexpensive meal costs between $10 and $30, the daily spending may quickly surpass the average student’s budget long before the day is done. In Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, the average subway ride costs approximately 30 cents and an average meal will cost between $1 and $5 dollars. A meal at a mid-range restaurant may cost between $10 and $14 per person, which by western standards, is very low. If one chose to consume the many different varieties of food sold in local stands, the food costs could potentially be less than $1 USD per meal. The quality of food is generally very high, even for street food, making for an exciting opportunity to eat out on a daily basis, tasting the local Chinese food, as well as the multitude of international cuisines that have made their way to China. In the city of Nanjing, one can find Italian, German, Indian, Korean, Japanese and Turkish cuisines. If excessive shopping is avoided, one could potentially spend less than $20 per day on food and other living expenses, potentially reducing student debt and making for greater freedoms after graduation. Living a more indulgent lifestyle, with expensive meals and local trips may still be possible for those students who have come to China with some personal savings.

The “Study in Jiangsu” Website

Study in Jiangsu (www.studyinjiangsu.org) is an official website run by the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education. As a comprehensive and non-profit organization, Study in Jiangsu acts as a liaison between international students and universities in Jiangsu, providing a platform for students to explore and apply to universities of their choice as well as to the many scholarships that are being offered to those students born outside of China.

Services that are offered:

l Database of degree / non-degree programs for all the universities and colleges in Jiangsu

l Information regarding universities and colleges in Jiangsu, such as their top programs, facilities, as well as offered accommodations

l Comparisons of the different programs offered

l Information regarding the different scholarships, including the state, provincial and city government scholarships, as well as the scholarships provided by the university itself;

l A general summary of what is to be expected in Jiangsu;

l Online application forms, allowing students to bypass endless amounts of paperwork and associated shipping fees. Students can also easily track the progress of their applications.

l Online applications for the “Jasmine Scholarship” that is offered by the Jiangsu Provincial Government, as well as the ability to track the progress of the application.

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