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Study a graduate program in Wuhan

Population: 10,000,000

City Overview

Wuhan used to consist of three separate cities – Hanyang, Hankou and Wuchang – and has played a pivotal role in the formation of modern China. The Wuchang uprising in 1911 sparked a revolution which led to the Qing Dynasty being overthrown and the formation of the Republic of China.

By 1927 the city had been united and is now the most populous city in Central China, and a major transportation hub for the country. This is one of China’s most upbeat and fast-growing cities, with trade flooding in through the mighty Yangtze River.

Education profile

Wuhan has traditionally been one of the three major scientific education centres in China, alongside Beijing and Shanghai. A major student city, Wuhan has the largest number of enrolled students in all of China. You can study a graduate program in Wuhan at the following universities:
As well as these major institutions, there are also plenty of municipal and private universities which offer postgraduate courses. The majority of postgraduate courses are taught in Mandarin, so you will need to take the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test to proof your language proficiency for most graduate programs in China. However, there are approximately 30 institutions that offer courses taught in English.

Graduate programs in Wuhan can be divided into two main categories:
  • Masters degrees
  • Doctoral degrees (PhD)
Masters degrees in China usually take between two and three years to complete, with doctoral degrees generally taking three years.

Immigration and visas

Foreign students intending to study on graduate programs in Wuhan for longer than 6 months need to apply for a student visa (X-visa). Applicants will need the following:
  • A passport valid for at least six months after arriving in China
  • A health certificate legalised by the Chinese Embassy
  • A letter of Admission, Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese government unit
More information about visas can be found on the website of the relevant Chinese Embassy.

Life in Wuhan

Wuhan is a great place to study a postgraduate course. The city is famous for its morning xiaochi, or breakfast. Head to Hubuchang, and try some hot dry noodles, which is noodles tossed in peanut sauce or eat small dumplings filled with pork.

Every international student in Wuhan will visit the Yellow Crane Tower at least once. This is the single biggest tourist attraction in the city and gives great views of the Yangtze River. For a more tranquil and less touristy trip, head out to East Lake which has numerous parks and swimming areas.

As traffic and pollution in Wuhan continues to grow, the government has introduced measures to decrease traffic at the cities bridges. Taxis operate a system where they are only allowed on one side of the river depending on the day of the week.

Working in Wuhan

Wuhan has had a long history of attracting investment from French companies, with about 50 currently using the city as their Chinese base. Wuhan’s major industries include car manufacturing, pharmaceutical and steel production.

The city is an economic force for domestic trade in China, with a huge retail sector – the Wuhan Department Store is a national force.

Accommodation

It is advisable to stay in university accommodation when you come to do your postgraduate course in Wuhan. This will allow you to meet fellow students and settle into student life more easily. However, a number of students opt to live privately, with the most popular district being Luxiang.

A one bedroom apartment in Wuhan will cost between RMB 2500-3500 per month.

Weather and Climate

Wuhan has a humid climate will lots of rainfall through the entire year. Known as one of the Three Furnaces of China (due to its heat in summer), Wuhan’s hottest months are between June and August where temperatures regularly hit 30C. Winters are mild, but it can occasionally snow.

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