Q1. If I'm a Chinese citizen with permanent residence of a foreign country, am I eligible to apply?
A: No, you are not eligible. Only non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport are eligible.
Q2. I'm now working in China. Can I apply for graduate programs in USTC?
A: You can apply, but you have to submit documents showing your status as an on-post employee and permission of release when applying, and if get admission you need submit demission certificate. International students cannot work with student visa and we only recruit full-time students for our graduate programs.
Q3. I'm now studying in China and will graduate in July of 2023. Can I apply for graduate programs in USTC?
A: If you are currently pursuing master's/bachelor's study and will graduate by July, 2023, you can apply for doctoral/master's programs. You need to provide Pre-graduation Certificate to ensure that you will complete your study and obtain official degree certificate by July of 2023.
Q4. I'm now in the last year of my program (not in China) and will graduate soon. Can I apply?
A: You can apply as long as you can provide a Pre-graduation Certificate to ensure that you will complete your study and obtain official degree certificate by July of 2023.
Q5. I graduated recently (not from China) and waiting for the official degree certificate. Can I apply?
A: You can apply as long as you can obtain official degree certificate by July of 2023.
Q6. I am currently a registered master student in another Chinese university; can I apply for the master's program? I am currently a registered PhD student in another Chinese university; can I apply for the doctoral program?
A: You can apply, but please be noted that you cannot register in both universities, nor can you apply for ANSO scholarship. “Applicant currently pursuing a master's degree at any university/institution in China is NOT eligible for the master's program of ANSO scholarship. Applicant currently pursuing a doctoral degree at any university/institution in China is NOT eligible for the doctoral program of ANSO scholarship.”
Q7. I don't have passport yet. Is it necessary for application?
A: It's OK if you don't have passport yet at the time of application, but you should get one as soon as possible. When you get admission, the passport information will be required as one of the admission documents.
Q8. My passport will expire soon. Can I still use it to apply for the graduate program?
A: The passport used for application should still be valid for one more year, because if you get admission, the passport information will be required for making admission documents and applying for visa in August.
Q9. Is there any scholarship available for graduate programs?
A: Yes. Excellent applicants may apply for USTC Fellowship, which covers tuition fee, insurance fee, monthly stipend (up to 7,000 RMB for PhD students and up to 3,000 RMB for master students) and accommodation subsidy. Applicants can apply through the Online Application System. Please refer to the following link for details: USTC Fellowship Program in USTC 2023: http://ic.ustc.edu.cn/en/v7info.php?Nav_x=16
Q1. Is it compulsory to find a host supervisor before application?
A: Applicants are suggested to finish their online application directly. Complete your online application and USTC will help to send your file to relavant schools/departments for a host supervisor later (only if your online application is complete).
Q2. How will USTC help to find supervisors?
A: The application documents of applicants whose online application is complete will be sent to relavant schools/departments, which later will select candidates for online interview. The schools and departments will help those who pass the online interview to find a host supervisor.
Q3. If I do not have a pre-acceptance from one of USTC professors, how much chance is there for me to get final admission?
A: The admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of applicants' academic performance, interview performance, qualifications, certificates and other related materials. Schools/departments will help applicants who pass the interview to find host supervisors and rank all applicants based on their comprehensive evaluation. Thus whether you have a host supervisor or not while applying has little to do with the final admission decision.
Q4. Do I need to pay any application fees?
A: No, you don't. We don't charge any application fees for online application to USTC.
Q5. How can I find which program is taught in English?
A: Most of the doctoral programs can be conducted in English, and some master's degree programs can be conducted in English. On the following websites, you can find master's programs instructed in Chinese or English.
Q6. Where can I get information for a specific program, like courses, credits, requirements, etc.?
A: You may refer to USTC Graduate School for such information (in Chinese):
As for information in English, we suggest you to contact professors or departments.
Professors' profile: http://ic.ustc.edu.cn/en/v7info.php?Nav_x=77
Q7. What should I submit for “Photocopy of degree certificate and academic transcript notarized by Ministry of Education or equivalent authority”?
A: You have to get the photocopy of your original degree certificate and transcripts to be notarized by Ministry of Education or equivalent authority, like HEC.
Q8. Where should I get physical examination?
A: Public hospitals would be a good choice. For private hospital, we suggest you to confirm with Chinese Embassy to see whether it is recognized.
Q9. Is there any requirement for the average scores of applicants in previous schools?
A: There is no requirement for the average scores of applicants in previous schools but all applicants should submit high school/university (if applicable) transcripts (in Chinese or English) and their scores in previous schools will be considered while USTC evaluates each applicant.
Q10. Is there any requirement for Chinese language proficiency?
A: Applicants for programs instructed in Chinese must provide the photocopy of HSK certificate (level 4 or above) or other proof of their Chinese language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is Chinese, or who can provide proof of studying at a high school where the teaching language is Chinese, can apply for HSK test exemption.
Q11. What is HSK?
A: HSK is a standard national test to examine the Chinese language proficiency of non-Chinese-native speakers. HSK certificate is only valid for 2 years.
Q12. I know Chinese well and want to apply for a program taught in Chinese, but I don't have the HSK certificate. What should I do?
A: Applicants who apply for programs instructed in Chinese must have HSK4. Applicants whose native language is Chinese, or can provide proof of studying at a high school where the teaching language is Chinese, can apply for HSK test exemption.
Q13. Where can I check the HSK Test Centers?
A: HSK Test is held by Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC). The test centers are all over the world. Test takers can check the nearest test center at http://www.chinesetest.cn/ChangeLan.do?languge=en&t=1563436128335.
Q14. Is there any requirement for English language proficiency?
A: Yes, applicants who apply for programs instructed in English must provide English language proficiency.
Q15. I know English well and want to apply for a program taught in English, but I don't have TOEFL or IELTS result. What should I do?
A: You have to submit other documents as a proof of your English proficiency. A letter from your previous university can prove that all the courses were given in English.
Q16. Do applicants need to provide the original documents? When to provide them?
A: Yes, all the original copies of the documents provided in the Online Application System should be presented at the time of entrance examination and registration. USTC will check all the documents. If any certificate provided proves to be fake, the qualification for entrance examination and admission will be terminated.
Q17. What to do if I cannot find the major that I want to apply in the first/second level discipline?
A: All the disciplines which can be provided with degrees from USTC are included in the first/second level discipline list on the online application system. If you cannot find your major on the list, you need to select a first/second level discipline that is most closely related to your major.
Q18. Is there any requirement for recommenders/referees?
A: You are suggested to request teachers in your previous university and are familiar with your academic performance to provide you with recommendation/reference letters. Recommendation letters provided by a professor, a researcher, an associate professor, or an assistant professor are all acceptable.
Q19. How can my referee upload the reference letters?
A: While applying online in the USTC application system, you will be asked to add your referees' email address. After it is added successfully, you can click "send an email to referee" and then he/she will receive an email and upload the scanned reference letter (signed, dated and on official headed paper with contact phone number and email address) according to the instructions in the email.
Q20. What should I do if my referee does not receive any email about uploading reference letters?
A: You can change a new email address of your referee and try to send him/her another new email. If still it fails, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q21. Does my referee need to send the original reference letter to USTC?
A: No need. You just need to request the referee to upload the reference letter for you according to the requirement in the email received.
Q22. I fail to submit the online application several times. What should I do?
A: If your online application can't be made successfully several times, please check whether you open it with the appropriate browser: IE or Google Chrome. If still it fails, please send an email to email@example.com.
Q23. If my score is not in the form of centesimal system, how can I fill it?
A: Please provide your overall GPA in centesimal system (eg. 82/100). If you do not know how to convert it, please provide your overall GPA in the following format: 2.61/4 or 3.15/5.
Q1. Is there an examination or interview conducted after the submission of application?
A: An online interview will be held by schools/departments to select a certain number of applicants based on the review of applicants' application documentation.
Q2. When will the interview be held? Is it online or in site?
A: The time and arrangement for interview will be notified later (usually held in February or March). There will be an online interview. The detailed information will be emailed. Please check the email address that you used for login in the application system of USTC otherwise you may miss important information like interview notice.
Q3. How will you select applications?
A: 1. All the complete applications will be reviewed by International College of USTC for the first round to check mainly the eligibility. 2. Applications passed in the first round will be reviewed by professors, departments and schools and selected to be interviewed online to check mainly academic background, research capability and intended research field. 3. Applicants who pass the school interview will be reviewed by USTC selection committee to finalize the list of nominated candidates for different programs.
Q4. When and where can I know the result?
A: You can check the status of your application in the online application system. The final list of awardees will be announced on our website in July.
Q5. If I don't get admission with scholarship, can I apply for admission as a self-financed student?
A: Yes, you can apply online for self-financed program if you don't get scholarship admission.
Q6. How much chance is there for someone on waiting list to get scholarship?
A: Candidates on the waiting list will have chance to get scholarship in case someone on the nomination list gives up the scholarship, but we're not able to tell how much chance.
Q7. If I get admission, when can I receive admission documents?
A: We will send to you by post the admission documents usually in late July or August.
Q8. What should I do if I receive admission documents?
A: After receiving admission documents, you should apply for student visa as soon as possible in Chinese Embassy/Consulate and get prepared for coming to USTC.
Q9. If I get admission, when will the semester start?
A: It will start in Sept., 2023.
Q1. Some agency or people say that they have cooperation with USTC on admissions of international students. Should I trust them?
A: USTC does not authorize any agency or individual on the admission affairs.
Q2. Is there any kind of entrance tutorial class in USTC?
A: No. USTC doesn't hold any kind of entrance tutorial class in any form. USTC never holds or cooperates with any individual, company or institution to organize any form of profitable training activities related to application issues.
Q3. What is the study mode for international graduate students?
A: International graduate students take the classes together with Chinese students.
Q4. How to apply for scholarships?
A: Graduate applicants can apply for USTC Fellowship, which can be applied via the International Student Application system of USTC. There is no need to create a new account for applying for USTC Fellowship if applicants have finished their online application. Applicants just need to choose the type of programs (self-financed or scholarship program) in the application system.