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Costs & Scholarships

Costs & Scholarships

Before arriving to study in China, make sure you plan ahead. The most significant costs are tuition and housing. However, you should also be prepared for the many other expenses that will also need to be budgeted.

Your cost of living depends on your lifestyle. In general, living in Shenzhen is much cheaper than most western cities, but one of the most expensive Chinese cities.

We advise you to carefully consider your financial plan and have a realistic idea of the costs that will accumulate during your time studying and living in China.



The tuition costs are as follows:

School of Transnational Law:120,000 RMB per year

HSBC Business School:60,000 RMB per year

On-Campus Housing

Cost of a single room: 15,840 RMB/year; 7920RMB/semester

Living Costs


1500-2000 \RMB per month


500-1000RMB per month


100-200RMB per month

Dorm Room Items


Mobile phone

30RMB per month

Books & Supplies

300RMB per term


School-Sponsored Scholarships

PKU Shenzhen strives to make a graduate education affordable for all students. There are several options for international students to receive financial assistance. Both the School of Transnational Law and the HSBC Business School offer academic scholarships for outstanding students.

For more information on school-sponsored scholarships please visit the following pages or contact your school.

Information on PHBS scholarships

For information on STL scholarships, please email, Cole Agar (, Director of Graduate and International Programs

Chinese Government Scholarship

In addition to school sponsored scholarships, international students are encouraged to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC). CSC Scholarships are awarded to international students who are pursing higher education in Mainland China. The CSC Scholarships will not cover the full tuition of the HSBC Business School or the School of Transnational Law, but the grant covers a large portion of the tuition costs and offers a monthly living stipend. For more information on eligibility and requirements, please visit the CSC’s website.

Peking University Scholarship

PKU distributes the scholarship awards for Academic Excellence to its outstanding international students. The purpose of this scholarship awards is to encourage its students to strive to achieve academic excellence. All international students who excel in their studies have the opportunity to receive this award.

Selection Process:

Mid-September: submission of recommendations by the candidate’s departments

Mid-October: The Scholarship Selection Committee selects the scholarship recipients by evaluating the candidates’ references and recommendations that have been provided by their programs’ departments. The list of selected candidates will be reported to the university’s president for the final approval.

Mid-November: the Scholarships are officially announced and granted to students.

New international students may apply for the following scholarships

(1) Chinese Government Scholarship (Type B): tuition waiver, for-free accommodation, monthly living expenses and medical insurance provided in accordance with the regulations.

(2) Beijing Government Scholarship for International Students: tuition subsidy.

(3) Peking University Scholarship for International Students: tuition waiver, monthly living expenses, medical insurance.

Note: The evaluation of scholarships will be carried out in accordance with the relevant regulations of the government and the university. For more information, please pay close attention to notices posted at

School Internships

Your student visa doesn’t permit you to be employed in China, whether full or part-time job. You can, however, apply to work on campus. The jobs available on campus are working as a student reporter for the school newspaper, research assistant, teaching assistant or having an internship in an administrative office.

Many students also obtain authorization from their school and apply for an internship permit for their student visa. This allows individuals on a student visa to engage in an internship at a company while they are in China.