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Provisional measures for primary and secondary schools’ acceptance of foreign students
---Issued by the Ministry of Education on July 21st, 1999
source: Shenyang Portal Website  2014-12-18 16:22

No.1. These measures are specially designed to meet the needs of our Reform and Opening up, to facilitate foreign students who wish to study and are studying in China, and to promote international exchanges in primary and secondary schools of China.

No.2. Only primary and secondary schools with qualification authorization of enrollment can recruit foreign students of the right age.

No.3. Qualifications are authorized jointly by provincial, regional and municipal administrative departments for education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security at the same level.

No.4. Schools who apply for qualification authorization should have good teaching conditions and a relatively high level of teaching and management.

No.5. Normally, schools with qualifications to enroll should accept foreign students who live in China with their parents; if parents of the student do not reside in China, they must entrust a Chinese or foreigner who live in China as the guardian of the student. If the entrustment is done outside China, the letter of entrustment must have notarization and authorization from the country where the student comes from and corresponding China embassies or consulates; if the entrustment is done inside Chin, students can either go to relative Chinese notary offices or corresponding foreign embassies or consulates to get the entrustment notarized and authorized.

No.6. Qualified schools can take foreign students who come on short-term group programs (less than six months). However, agreement must be signed with relevant institutions responsible for dispatching students beforehand. Schools also have to ask the program organizer to deal with all legal formalities concerning the leaving and entering the country of foreign students beforehand.

These students are required to come and leave China in an organized group with a full-time guardian from the side of the program organizer.

No.7. Students studying in China for more than 6 months should apply to corresponding China embassies or consulates for an “X” visa. Application documents include JW202 form (Visa Application for Study in China) and letter of admission from the host institution. Students should also apply to the local office of Ministry of Public Security of PRC for a “Temporary Residence Card” within 30 days of their entrance into China.

Students who have entered China through a short-term visa before attending a certain school should take a JW202 form, letter of admission from the host institution, visa and residence card to the local office of Ministry of Public Security of PRC to go through modification formalities.

Overseas students who come on short-term group programs (less than six months) shall apply for “F” visas to corresponding China embassies or consulates with the invitation letter from the host institution.

No.8. Normally, students of foreign citizenship should live with their parents or their guardian; eligible schools can apply for the permission to provide foreign students with school dormitories.

No.9. The standard of charges towards foreign students are made jointly by administrative departments for education and price control authorities at the same level.

No.10. Schools should rule their foreign students according to Regulations of Students' Status Management, and teach them to follow China’s laws and regulations as well as school’s rules and disciplines. Except for Chinese training classes, schools should not arrange separate classes for foreign students. Schools can organize foreign students to take part in social practice activities such as voluntary labor according the requirements in course design. Besides, foreign students are exempt from ideology and morality courses and ideology and politics courses.

Foreign student who finishes his or her studies and passes evaluation will be granted the diploma; student who fails to accomplish his or her studies will be given a study certificate instead.

No.11. Provincial, regional and municipal administrative departments for education take full responsibility of the work concerning the acceptance of foreign students in their administrative region and annual examination of relative primary and secondary schools. They have rights to suspend or end the authorization if a school breaks any rules during recruitment and management processes. Results shall be reported to the Ministry of Education.

No.12. Provincial, regional and municipal administrative departments for education are allowed to formulate their own measures for primary and secondary schools’ acceptance of Foreign Students within their administrative region and report to the Ministry of Education on this.

Editor: zfw05