Key facts

Number of students:

We currently have around 550 students from China studying at the University each year.

Societies and clubs:

Alongside a wide range of interest based societies, there is a Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) within Reading University Students' Union (RUSU). You will also find information about other societies on offer at the University at the above link.

There is also a group for international students at Reading called International Students at Reading University (ISRU) who have a facebook page:

Reading International Office is on Facebook, please come and join us! If you want to connect with students from China please see our University of Reading East Asia facebook pages:
We also have a University of Reading QQ Group to help you stay in contact with us. You can add us on your QQ friend list and start communicating with us: QQ number 145545542.


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Entry requirements

Your highest qualification Likely entry level

High School year 2 (Year 11) with leaving certificate: GPA 85%
High School year 3 (Year 12) with graduation certificate: GPA 80%

International Foundation Programme
Gao Kao (Chinese University Entrance Exam) 80% International Foundation Programme
Gau Cau (Chinese University Entrance Exam) combined with a successfully completed appropriate foundation/bridging programme. (Visit our International Foundation Programme) Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
British/International A Levels Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Chinese-medium A Levels in Mathematics and Sciences (Cambridge Examinations Board) Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree) in a relevant subject
Ameson: High school results of 85% if 11 years completed, 80% if 12 years (with similar grades in relevant subjects), AST Maths: 165 and AST English: 150 Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Other international qualifications such as Australian HSC, US SAT or AP Certificates Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Successfully completed first year of a Chinese University degree Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
4-year Bachelor degree Taught Postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral Degree)
 Masters degree study  Research Postgraduate (Doctoral Degree)

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) enables students that don't have qualifications equivalent to British A-levels to access undergraduate university degree courses. If your highest level of qualification is the Senior High School Graduation Examination or Gau Kau, it is likely that you will need to complete this Programme before you can study for a degree. The IFP will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start your undergraduate studies with knowledge and confidence and will prepare you for undergraduate study in three ways:
  • by providing academic training in three subjects
  • by developing your English language abilities
  • by enabling you to acquire the study and life skills which you will need on your degree programme.
Please see the International Foundation Programmepages for more details.

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language levels for courses at the University of Reading are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (paper) 570, TOEFL (internet) 88. Some courses require higher levels - you should always check with the department or faculty you are applying to. For more detailed information see the English Language requirement page.  

We offer courses that will help prepare you for study in the UKincluding English language as well as study skills to help your prepare for our degree programmes.

Applications and funding

How to apply

All undergraduate applications must be made through the UCAS website.  The UCAS code name and number for this University is READG R12.  Find out more about applying through UCAS

Postgraduate applications should be made directly to the University. More information on applying for postgraduate courses is available here.


The University offers £4M worth of scholarships each year in addition to national programmes from both the British government and Chinese government.   

  • The following website addresses will take you directly to information on scholarship opportunities at the University of Reading: student funding search  

External Scholarships


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Our Representatives in China

We have representatives who are able and willing to assist you with your application.  Find an approved representative>>>

Please use only one representative.

Meet us in your region

Staff from the University of Reading attend a number of fairs and education exhibitions across the world. The list below gives details of when we will be in your region. You can find out more information about each event by clicking on the entry.

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