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 free 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.Book an appointment
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.
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.
English Language requirements
Our Dual Masters partnership with NUAA provides PGT Business and Management applicants from NUAA the opportunity to apply for an exclusive scholarship, via the Chinese Scholarship Council. The scholarship from CSC (which will be administered by NUAA) will cover living expenses, visa fees and airfare for 5 students per year to study one of the PGT programmes offered by the School of Business and Management. Find out more about our partnership with NUAA here.
We have developed strong links with organisations and institutions across China, including the British Council, Communication University of China (CUC), Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). Our Dual Masters partnership with NUAA has also been awarded funding by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), under their prestigious "Innovative Talent Cultivation Programme".
Student life and our local Chinese community
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.
We have the following agents in China:
Amber Education Services
Golden Arrow Overseas Consulting
51 Offer (iHorizon)