New Hampshire University becomes first state school in the US to accept Gaokao.

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) becomes the first flagship state university in the US to accept Gaokao.

The US already has a population of over one million international students, 32% of whom are Chinese, but there is intense competition to try and attract an even greater number.

They university’s purported aim is to foster a diverse environment and increase intercultural exchange. “China is a dominating force in the global economy,” Victoria Dutcher, the VP for Enrollment Management at UNH, said. “It’s important for American students and other international students to get to know students from China.”

Will other universities follow suit?

This new policy means that Chinese students applying to UNH would no longer be required to spend time sitting US standardised tests, meaning that one they have received their Gaokao results in June, they would be free to apply to UNH for the academic year starting that fall. A wait of just two months. It is the first time a flagship US state university has recognised Gaokao alongside equivalent Western examinations, in itself a sign of the increasing prestige of a Chinese education.

A small number of universities in Canada and Australia already accept the Gaokao but UNH is only the second school in the US to do so; the first, the University of San Francisco, is private.

In response to worries that Gaokao examinations do not test for the creativity required for Western institutions, stressing instead learning by wrote, the Unviersity of San Francisco has claimed that it’s Gaokao-friendly policy has been a success and students who have gained entry based on their Gaokao grades have gone on to perform well academically.

A number of US universities are said to be monitoring UNH’s experiment with Gaokao admissions, and we may well see other institutions follow suit in the future. That said, considering that many elite institutions are already over-subscribed, it may be some time before they are convinced to adopt a similar entry policy.

It is unlikely to stop many Chinese students applying to study abroad through traditional methods, however.

After all, one factor that encourages Chinese students to move to Western universities is to avoid the stress of Gaokao altogether!


UK streamlines visa application process for Chinese students

Britain is increasingly keen to roll out the welcome mat to Chinese students!

Changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules that came into effect on 6 July 2018 mean that Chinese students applying for a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK will not be subject to quite the same level of stringent checks as had previously been the case.

In the year ending March 2018, the UK issued around 89,000 Tier 4 study visas to Chinese students, a 15% increase on the previous 12 months. 99% of those who applied were successful. It is hoping to further increase that number in the future.

The changes mean Chinese students will no longer be required to provide evidence of finances, qualifications or evidence of their English language ability with their visa application. They will also no longer have to apply from inside China to be eligible to benefit from the new rule.

The message is loud and clear, Chinese students are very welcome in the United Kingdom!

For more information on how to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa, please get in touch with OEE here.



UK University Rankings

Every year the Times Educational Supplement, or TES, produces rankings for the best universities, both in the UK and around the world. It is regarded as one of the world’s most reliable ranking systems, and is audited independently by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

The methodology includes:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence);
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer)

The South of England dominates the list, with all of the top five institutions coming from that region.


UK Rank 2018 World University Rank 2018 Institution City/Town
1 1 University of Oxford Oxford
2 2 University of Cambridge Cambridge
3 8 Imperial College London London
4 16 University College London London
5 =25 London School of Economics and Political Science London
6 =27 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
7 36 King’s College London London
8 =54 University of Manchester Manchester
9 76 University of Bristol Bristol
10 =80 University of Glasgow Glasgow
11 91 University of Warwick Coventry
12 97 Durham University Durham
13 104 University of Sheffield Sheffield
14 121 Queen Mary University of London London
15 =126 University of Southampton Southampton
16 =130 University of Exeter Exeter
17 =137 University of York York
18 139 University of Leeds Leeds
19 =141 University of Birmingham Birmingham
20 =143 University of St Andrews Fife
=21 =147 University of Nottingham Nottingham
=21 =147 University of Sussex Brighton
23 =150 Lancaster University Lancaster
24 =159 University of Leicester Leicester
25 =162 Cardiff University Cardiff

Why study in the UK?

The UK is a bastion of academic thought, with its universities consistently ranking among the best in the world. Currently four institutions are in the world’s top ten and British qualifications are internationally recognised and respected.

Many universities have traditions of academic excellence going back hundreds of years. Indeed, walking around Oxford, Cambridge or Durham can be like breathing in history.

As the homeland of the English language, the UK is the ideal place to develop your ability in the world’s international language both inside and outside of the classroom.

Britain acts as a gateway to Europe, and with low cost airlines providing flights as cheap as £20 return to many European cities, it can be the perfect base to explore the continent.