Year in China

What is the Year in China?

The Year in China is our exciting flagship programme allowing undergraduate students the opportunity to spend an additional year at our joint venture, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), following classes from their BA China Studies degree.

XJTLU is a fully English-speaking university, located in Suzhou, approximately 30 minutes from Shanghai by high-speed train. Our special relationship with XJTLU provides a distinctive and invaluable opportunity for our students to gain experience in the world's second largest economy by studying abroad.

For more details on the programme, head to our dedicated Year in China webpages.


How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for the Year in China:

  1. Via UCAS: to apply via UCAS please enter the code YC in the Further Choices section of your application form.
  2. In Year 2 of your degree: if you decide during your first year at Liverpool that you would like to participate in the Year in China, you can opt into the programme with a simple application form in Year 2 of your degree

Why Should I Study in China?

We know that spending a year at XJTLU, following the China Studies programme will give you a huge range of personal, academic and employability benefits. But don't just take our word for it:

  • Learning Chinese boosts your employability: A report from the British Council identified Chinese as number 4 in a list of ten languages which will be of crucial importance for the UK’s prosperity, security and influence in the world in the years ahead
  • Study Abroad gives you better employability prospects: A recent report from the Go International programme (part of the UUK International Unit) tells us that graduates who participated in study abroad are more likely to be in work or further study 6 months after graduating and that their average salary is higher
  • Study Abroad gives you better academic prospects: The same Go International report also tells us that graduates who participated in study abroad are more likely to achieve a 1st or 2:I. We've run the data, and this is true of University of Liverpool students
  • Study Abroad gives you skills employers want: A plethora of studies tell us that Study Abroad enhances skill such as maturity, self-confidence, tolerance of ambiguity, emotional resilience, flexibility and greater independence. Our own students consistently report that Study Abroad increases, for example, their independence and problem solving skills.
  • Study Abroad makes you stand out from the crowd: In 2012/13,  only around 5% of the entire UK graduating cohort studied abroad

Finance and funding

  • For Home/EU students, your tuition fee for the year spent in China would be £1350 (you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan as normal to cover this)
  • For International students, you will pay 50% of your normal tuition fee
  • You would not pay any tuition fees to XJTLU
  • You will still be eligible to apply for a maintenance loan

Are any students not eligible to apply?

Degree programmes from the following areas are not currently eligible for Year in China:

  • Dentistry
  • Health Science programmes
  • Graduate Entry Medicine
  • Any programmes which already have either a compulsory Year Abroad or Year in Industry/Research which takes place in year three of four
  • Any programme which includes the study of a Modern European Language