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The first Chinese student was admitted into the College in 1887, a year after its establishment. We have been welcoming Chinese students within our international community ever since.

We are among the most popular institutions in the UK for Chinese students and they study here on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the Arts, the Sciences and the Humanities.

Our China microsite

Our China microsite provides you all the essential information in Mandarin. You can also scan the QR codes on the microsite to follow us on WeChat, Weibo, RED (Xiaohongshu), Douyin, Bilibili.

China microsite

Find out more in a one-to-one appointment

The International team offer 30-minute counselling sessions on MS Teams. These meetings are an informal opportunity to ask any questions you have about applying or studying at Royal Holloway, University of London, and do not affect admission. Book an appointment now to find out more about Royal Holloway.

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Entry requirements

Applicants to Royal Holloway come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications to our courses. Each applicant is considered carefully on their individual merits, but please see below for the standard minimum entry requirements for students from China.

Senior High School

Achieve a grade of 75% overall in the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) (Gaokao) with 70% in any A-level subject required by the course. For students who do not meet this requirement, you will need to take our one year International Foundation Year or International Year One programme, or the equivalent from another institution, before beginning your undergraduate studies.

A levels & International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you have taken A levels or the IB, you  will be considered for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes.  Specific grade requirements can be found in the course finder entry for your chosen course.

University preparation programmes

The Royal Holloway International Study Centre provides an International Foundation Year and International Year One programme, which are designed for international students who do not quite meet the requirements for an undergraduate course. These programmes will help to develop your academic and English language skills in preparation for university. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Prospective students from China can also visit the Royal Holloway International Study Centre Chinese website for more information.

Master's Degree 

If you have successfully completed a Bachelor degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and at a reputable university, then you will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway Master's degree programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme you are applying for and the university you have graduated from, but most departments will ask for a minimum of 70% to 80% or a GPA of between 2.8/4.0 to 3.2/4.0.

Research Degree (MPhil/PhD)

If you  have successfully completed a Masters degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and at a reputable university, then you will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway MPhil/PhD programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme you are applying for and the university you have graduated from.

To apply to any of our courses, you need to prove a minimum level of English language proficiency.

Students who do not quite make the English language requirements may be able to take a pre-sessional English language programme.

Fees vary between courses each year. Specific information about fees can be found in the course finder entry for your chosen course.

You could be eligible for one of our undergraduate or postgraduate scholarships.

If you're joining us as a postgraduate taught student, pay your tuition fee deposit by 14 June 2024 to be automatically awarded the Royal Holloway International Postgraduate Early Payment Discount.

If you are considering postgraduate study at Royal Holloway, there may be external funding available to you.

  • Communication University of China, Dual Masters programme in the Department of Media Arts
  • Minzu University of China, Dual Masters programme in the Department of Media Arts
  • Shanghai International Studies University, Dual Master programme in the Department of English
  • Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dual Masters programme in the School of Business and Management
  • Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, 3+1 progression in the School of Business and Management and Department of Economics
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy, Memorandum of Understanding
  • Shandong Normal University, Memorandum of Understanding

You can find out more about life at Royal Holloway in the student life section of our website.

There are a wide range of sporting clubs and societies for international students both on campus and in the local area and many Chinese students take an active part in organising and joining events.

Our weekly fresh produce market, at which a variety of items are sold, including fresh fruit, vegetables, and Chinese food, attracts a large number of Chinese students as well as people from local communities.

There is a very active Chinese Society at Royal Holloway that promotes Chinese culture and language through social events, and raises money for charitable causes in the British Chinese community, as well as a Weibo Page.

We have two Regional Alumni Ambassadors in Shanghai who organise events for Royal Holloway alumni in China and are also available to answer questions from prospective students and attend local exhibition events. For more information and contact details please see our Alumni page.

April Liu is your dedicated International team member, here to answer any questions you have about applying and studying at Royal Holloway as an international student from China.

Book a one-to-one appointment

We are really keen to connect with students interested in studying with us. We offer 30 minute, one-to-one counselling sessions via Microsoft Teams. These chats are informal and do not affect admission - they're simply an opportunity for you to learn more about Royal Holloway and studying in the UK. We welcome any questions you might have about our application processes, study programmes, and campus life.

Book a campus tour

We are delighted to be able to offer a guided campus tour to any international students interested in studying here at Royal Holloway, whether you have already applied to study with us, or are just exploring your options in Higher Education.

One of our fantastic International Recruitment team members, or one of our friendly and knowledgeable Student Ambassadors, will show you around our beautiful campus and answer any questions you might have about life at Royal Holloway.


We have the following agents in China:

Amber Education Services


EIC Group


Golden Arrow Overseas Consulting

IAE Global


51 Offer (iHorizon)




JT Education

New Oriental

Power Academy

Shinyway International



Wiseway Global


The British Council In China provides comprehensive advice on many aspects of studying in Britain

The Chinese Embassy in London

UKCISA promotes and protects the needs of international students in the UK

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