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Recommendation

Our experience has been that the grading is extremely liberal. (Chinese educators estimate that only 5% fail a course.)

At the undergraduate level we would expect:

  • an average of 85 or over on the 100 pt. scale,
  • almost all 5's and 4's on the 5 pt. scale, with an average of 4.5,
  • on the excellent, good, system almost all excellent and good grades, with more than half of them excellent.
  • On the A-D scale, expect an average of 3.5 or better.

Grades at the graduate level appear to be higher than at the undergraduate level, as they are in the U.S. and many other countries. We would expect a consistently better record under all grading scales.

GRADING SYSTEM:

The grading scale will often be shown on the transcript.

Percentage scale - Pass/fail level:  60
Pass or fail basis ( A,B,C,P,F)

90-100

Excellent

A

80-89

Good

B

70-79

Average / Fair

C

60-69

Satisfactory / Pass

D

0-59

Fail

F

All colleges have courses which are graded pass/fail only, designated as pass/fail, qualified/not qualified, or credit/no credit.

SUGGESTED DEGREE EQUIVALENCE:

Equivalent to US Bachelor’s:

Bachelor's Degree - Academic degree awarded after 4 years' study. Comparable to a bachelor’s degree in the United States.

Bachelor's Degree Certificate in Law/Architecture - comparable to a bachelor’s degree in the United States.

Equivalent to US Master’s:

Master’s Degree Certificate - comparable to a master’s degree in the United States.

Professional qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree Certificate in Veterinary Medicine - comparable to a first professional degree in veterinary medicine in the United States.

Bachelor's Degree Certificate in Chinese Traditional Medicine - comparable to a first professional degree in Chinese Traditional Medicine in the United States.

Bachelor's Degree in Certificate Veterinary Medicine - comparable to a first professional degree in veterinary medicine in the United States.

Bachelor's Degree Certificate in Dentistry - comparable to a first professional degree in dentistry in the United States.

Bachelor's Degree Certificate in Medicine - comparable to a first professional degree in medicine in the United States.

OTHER INFORMATION

Cultural Revolution

Students who were educated during the "cultural revolution" --from 1966 through 1981 are not considered unless they have completed a Master's degree. Since the academic background of these students is limited, if they are admitted we stipulate that no work from the Master's degree can be transferred to any of our graduate programs.

Prestigious Schools

Previously, a small percentage of Chinese colleges had been designated as "key" school -- schools which were to have priority in funding. These were designated as "national," regional," or "provincial" (or "municipal"). The "national" key schools were considered the most prestigious; there were about 110 national key schools.  After reforms to higher education were made at the end of the 20th century, a two tier system of universities was implemented.  Universities are now managed by either the central government or by provincial governments; most are managed by provincial governments. A small number of universities which affect national development or which are highly specialized are managed by the Chinese Ministry of Education.  Universities under the Chinese Ministry of Education, of which there are currently 75, are known as "Universities directly under the Ministry of Education.”

List of higher institutions

http://www.moe.edu.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/moe/moe_2812/200906/48836.html