Aston University provides a welcoming and multi-cultural learning experience to approximately 10,000 students, many of whom live on our safe and friendly city centre campus. The University has more than 2,300 international students from over 120 countries studying a wide range of subjects.

Aston University's links with China

Chinese students have been studying at Aston for number of years and each year we welcome many more new students. We currently have 645 Chinese students studying at Aston University. Notable alumni include Peter Nyuk Sing Thong the President of the Aston Alumni Society.

Academic staff regularly visit China to work with our partner institutions including Beijing University of Technology and Shanghai Jiatong University and to take part in international conferences.

A list of all of our partner institutions can be found here.

Chinese community on campus & in Birmingham

There is a very active Chinese community on campus. There are a number of societies which may be of particular interest to Chinese students. The Chinese students' Society organises trips, cultural and social events. Here you can find out more about societies at Aston

Birmingham is a multi-cultural city and there is a strong Chinese community. You'll find Chinese  restaurants, supermarkets, music, dance and more in the city.

Meet us in China

Staff from the International Office visit China several times per year to take part in British Council Education UK Exhibitions, visit schools and colleges and to meet with students through our official representative offices.

Upcoming visits

Forthcoming dates and locations can be found here.

Aston Ambassadors

Aston University Alumni Ambassadors provide help and advice to students all over the world who are considering studying at Aston. They also offer help and a friendly face to any Aston alumni who may be re-locating.

Feel free to email our Ambassadors if you have any questions about:

  • Aston University
  • Living in the UK/Birmingham
  • Living or working in their specific country

In order to find out how to contact one of our Ambassadors, please visit: http://www.astonalumni.org/alumni

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International Foundation Programme

Local Chinese students study our International Foundation Programme, which has streams available in Business/Social Sciences, Engineering, and Health Science/Science.
Find out more about our International Foundation Programme


At undergraduate level the most popular courses with Chinese students include: BSc Business and Management, BSc Accounting For Management, BSc Marketing.
Find out more about all our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate taught

At postgraduate level the most popular taught programme choices with Chinese students include: Cert/Dip/MSc in Marketing Management, Cert/Dip/MSc in Accounting and Finance, Dip/MSc in Investment Analysis.
Find out more about all our postgraduate taught courses.

Postgraduate research

We also have 26 Chinese students on research degrees working with some of Aston's key research groups. 
Find out more about research degrees at Aston.

Preparatory English

Students from China who do not meet the English language requirement for their academic course study are on our Preparatory English Programmes.


There are a number of Aston University scholarships available for international students.
You can also have a look to the list of external funding providers.


See our full list of our course fees


Students who have achieved an average of 80% in the academic subjects in their Senior High School Leaving Certificate after 3 years of study may be considered for a Foundation programme.  

Students with 2 or 3 year University or College Diploma can be considered for undergraduate study - Year 1 entry. Applicants should be scoring a min of 80% average in relevant  academic subjects.
University students who have studied 1-2 years (full-time) at a recognised university may be eligible for first year entry, dependent on subjects, institution and grades. 

English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate - Taught

You should have a Bachelors degree from an Chinese university but the specific percentage requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Chinese university which you have graduated from. In general applicants should be scoring in the range of 75-85% average as a minimum.  

If you are applying for finance, engineering or science based subjects, you must have studied a similar field in your undergraduate degree.

There are a number of conversion courses in the Business School which will accept students from any subject background.  

English language requirements for taught postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate - MBA

You can apply for the MBA programme with an undergraduate degree, in any subject area, from an overseas institution and a minimum of three years post graduation managerial work experience. You should have at least an undergraduate degree from a recognised Chinese university with at least 75-85% average as a minimum.

English language requirements for MBA.

Postgraduate - Research 

In order to apply to a research degree at Aston, you should have a Masters degree from a Chinese university but the specific percentage requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Chinese university which you have graduated from. In general applicants should be scoring in the range of 75-85% average as a minimum.  

Each of Aston's Schools of Study has a number of research groups with the potential to host PhD students. Research specialisms include finance, economics, marketing, organisational psychology, bioenergy, knowledge engineering, photonics, languages, biomedical sciences, neurosciences, health sciences and more. 

You have to submit a detailed research proposal outlining your intended research topic, its objectives, proposed method of research and an indication of how the proposed research topic relates to previous work by other researchers. Find out more on Aston's Postgraduate research pages

English language requirements for postgraduate research programmes.

A list of our Overseas Agents & Representatives for Aston University can be found >> Here 
How to apply

Staff Profile

Staff Profile

Shuo Shi

International Officer

Shuo can help you with your enquiries and advise you on the application process. Shuo visits China several times a year.


In Chinese language

Student Profile

Student Profile

- Stella Loi
BSc International Business and Economics
I was particularly impressed by Aston students’ excellent performance, which was the main reason for choosing the University for my Undergraduate Studies. If I could go back in time, I would still choose Aston!

Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Aston is able to guarantee you University accommodation for the duration of your studies, providing you apply by the deadline each year.

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