The education system in China can be simply summarized as "four educations" and "seven levels". The "four educations" refers to pre-school education, primary education, secondary education and higher education. The "seven levels" refers to kindergarten, primary school, junior high school, senior high school, higher college education, undergraduate education and postgraduate education. China implements a compulsory education system. Children from 6-7 should study in a primary school and begin their nine-year compulsory education.
What are the rules for attending primary and secondary schools in Beijing?
Foreign students should apply with a JW202 Form issued by the primary or secondary school.
Foreign students holding the visa application form for foreign students studying in China (JW202) should apply to schools authorized to accept foreigners.
For foreign students planning to study for more than six months in China, students should apply for an X Visa at the Chinese embassy or consulate in their home country, complete the visa application form for foreign students studying in China (JW202) and hold an admission letter from the school.
Within 30 days after entry, they should also process resident application procedures at the Division of the Entry-Exit Administration of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau with the visa application form for foreign students studying in China (JW202) and the admission letter.
If the student's parents are residing permanently in Beijing during their study, proof of permanent residence is necessary. If not, a certified statement of the guardian should be presented.
For students over 16 years old, a valid health certificate should also be presented. If the parents are not residing permanently in Beijing during their children's study, other foreigners residing in China or Chinese citizens with permanent residence in Beijing should be appointed as guardians.