China Visa:

Student Visa (X-visa)

The visa is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of study, advanced study or internal practice for a period of six or more months . A foreign citizen who is to study in China for LESS than 6 (SIX) months should apply for a business visa (F-visa).


Document Preparation

(1) Original passport which has not less than 6 (SIX) months left before it expires from the date of application and sufficient blank visa pages.

(2) One completed Visa Application Form ( Form V.2011A - عربي ) ( Form V.2011A - English ) with a recently-taken passport photo stuck on it; all the items on the application form should be completed neatly with genuine information; if the applicant has a Chinese name, the Chinese name should be filled in; false or incomplete information and illegible characters may lead to refusal of a visa.
* For Work visa (Z-visa) applicant, Student visa (X-visa) applicant, infant or kid who traveling sharing the same passport, please fill-up an extra form, Supplementary Visa Application Form ( Form V.2011B - عربي ) ( Form V.2011B - English )
NOTE: All versions of old Chinese visa application form

(non V2011A & V2011B)

is not longer used and accepted for Chinese visa application.

(3) In addition to the above-mentioned documents, applicants applying for a student visa should also provide:
(a) Visa Application for Study in China (Form JW-201 or Form JW-202, original and copy) Description:; and
(b) Admission Notice (original and copy) Description:; and
(c) Physical Examination Record for Foreigner (Download/ PDF).

(4) Accompanying family dependents of personnel studying in China should apply for an L-visa. In order to apply for an L-visa, he or she needs to provide proof of kinship, e.g. marriage certificate, family card, birth certificate , etc., and copy of the student’s X-visa as well as Residence Permit.

(5) For non-Saudi Arabian government scholarship student; please provide financial support letter for the student, and 6-months bank statement (or summary of bank account), showing enough balance. e-Statement have to be endorsed by the bank. Consular officers may request a student to provide additional supporting documents when called for.

Method and Time for Visa Submission

(1) Method: An applicant may submit his or her visa application to the visa center in person or entrusts someone or a travel agency to submit on his or her behalf.

(2) Visa processing time: Regular visa processing time needs 4 (four) working days. The Center offers express service. For express service, visas will be ready for collection on the third working day (2 working days).
(iv) X-visa issued by the Chinese Embassy is valid for 6 (SIX) months with single entry and 000 duration of stay. X-visa holder should go through formalities for a permanent residence permit within 30 days after entry into China at a local public security authority, to avoid illegal stay in China.
(v) Consular Officers decide on the visa's period of validity, duration of stay and number of entry in the light of China's laws and regulations.
(vi) Whether a visa is to be issued or not to be issued, and what type of visa to be issued shall be decided by Consular Officers in the light of China's relevant laws and regulations.


Official Visa Application Fee Structure


Important Note

(1) Please apply for a visa about

1 (ONE) month in advance

of your intended date of entry into China, and do not apply three months earlier than your intended date of entry into China. You should take upon yourself any consequences resulting from your failure to submit visa application at an appropriate time, which may lead to either your already-issued visa becoming expired or it would be too late to get a visa before your planned departure date. There is NO same day visa processing or next business day processing.

(2) The visa application form should be fully filled in and signed by the applicant upon completion (application for an applicant under 18 years of age should be signed by one of his or her parents). Items which are not applicable should be filled in with N/A.

(3) Consular officers may request an applicant to provide additional supporting documents when called for. The applicant should submit them as soon as possible for processed.


Description of Chinese Visa


Term & Condition of Service

The Chinese Visa Application Service Center (hereinafter referred to as the Center) is responsible for receiving visa applications for visit to the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (hereinafter referred to as the Chinese Embassy) from ordinary passport holders who are Saudi Arabian citizens and citizens of other countries possessing Saudi Arabia permanent residence or work permits (iqama), collecting visa fees on behalf of the Chinese Embassy and returning processed visa applications. Foreign nationals holding diplomatic and service (official) passports or eligible for applying for China's diplomatic, service and courtesy visas, and also those applying for a visa /entry permit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.

The Chinese Visa Application Center has NO involvement in the visa assessment and decision-making process. Whether a visa is to be issued or not to be issued, and what type of visa to be issued as well as its period of validity, number of entry and duration of stay shall be decided by the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the light of China's relevant laws and regulations.

Education System

The Chinese government has placed priority on developing education. It is revitalising the country through science and education, intensifying the reform of educational system, and implementing nine-year compulsory education. Governments at all levels are increasing their investment in education. China's education system includes pre-school, primary school, secondary school, high school, university and college, as well as graduate school education.

Secondary schooling is for children aged 12–17 and is managed by local governments and various business authorities. State-run secondary schools include junior middle schools and senior middle schools, both with three grades or years. The first three years of secondary school are compulsory and tuition is free. Senior middle school is not compulsory and students must pay minimal tuition fees. Private secondary schools often offer specialised education and have a more vocational bent, but their qualifications are considered to be on the same level as those of state-run middle schools. However, graduates from secondary professional schools are seen to have achieved a higher level in some ways akin to a university education. Students graduating from junior middle schools usually go on to senior middle schools, although some move to vocational high schools or secondary professional schools for 3–5 years of study.

In terms of higher education, universities, colleges, institutes, and vocational colleges offer degree (e.g., bachelor's, master's, and doctoral) programmes as well as non-degree programmes – all are open to foreign students. There are over 2,000 universities and colleges, and students are required to pay tuition. The number of post-secondary students in China has been growing at approximately 30% per year since 1999, and the number of graduates has increased dramatically in the 21st century.

Chinese universities are divided into several categories: some directly under the Ministry of Education, others run by provincial, autonomous regional, and municipal governments, still others run by local centre cities, as well as by communities. Chinese universities and independent colleges are equal institutions of higher learning.
To enter a university or college, students have to take the national entrance examination, which takes place every June. Selection is based on each student's marks in this exam, and due to the number of people sitting the exam, getting into university is highly competitive.  

China's full-time institutions of higher learning have two semesters in a school year (three semesters in some colleges). The first semester begins in early-September, while the second in mid-February. One semester usually lasts about 20 weeks.

Location and Geography

Located in Eastern Asia, China borders North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. China comprises about one-fifteenth of the world’s landmass (9,572,900 square kilometres). Its coastline runs along the East China Sea, the Yellow Sea, and the South China Sea between North Korea and Vietnam. The greater part of the country is mountainous. In the southwest is Tibet; the Gobi Desert lies to the north. The capital city is Beijing.


China’s climate is characterised by dry seasons and wet monsoons, which lead to clear temperature differences in winter and summer. Due to the country’s complex topography, the climate changes from region to region.

Society and Culture

Officially atheist, China is a country with diverse religious beliefs and freedom to practise them. The main religion is a combination of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism (93%), while “other” (7%) includes Christians, Protestants, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, and Jews. Han Chinese compose 92% of the ethnic make-up of the country, with Huang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and various other nationalities composing the rest.

In terms of culture, it’s almost impossible to provide a brief description. Various parts of Chinese culture have been adopted across the world, especially in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, including literature (including fables and poetry), cuisine (e.g., Sichuan), music (e.g., opera), crafts (e.g., wood carving and furniture-making) and visual arts (e.g., silk painting). Confucianism as well as an emphasis on collective over individual good have resulted in a society that values duty, sincerity, loyalty, honour, and respect for age and seniority.

Five Quick Points About China

  • Fascinating and unique culture
  • The Chinese economy is the fastest growing in the world – set to become the largest
  • Learning Chinese and understanding China could be very important for some professions
  • Chinese government is investing heavily in higher education
  • Academic degree programmes available as well as those teaching the Chinese language

Living Conditions and Cost of Living

Food costs are generally reasonable in China; housing is the major expense. Contacts are important for finding the best place to live, so students should begin talking to people as soon as they get to China for comfortable but reasonably priced living arrangements. In general, western China tends to be cheaper than the eastern port cities of Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. In Beijing, both furnished and unfurnished properties are available. Furnished houses are very easy to find in the rental market of Beijing.

Most Chinese universities and colleges provide various levels of on-campus accommodation to international students at different costs to suit different budgets. International students can choose their accommodation when they arrive at the school. On-campus accommodation is usually the cheapest alternative. For travel between cities, buses and boats are almost always cheaper than trains and planes.