You may apply for your Chinese Visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your home country. When applying for your visa, please remember to bring along with you your valid passport, the original copy of the university's admission notification and a Visa Application Form for Foreign Students Studying in China (also known as the JW201/JW202 form). Do make sure that your letter of admission and JW202 form are handed back to you together with your passport after obtaining your Chinese visa. You will need these documents to apply for Residence Permit after your arrival in Beijing.
International Students who will be studying in China for more than 6 months are required to obtain an ‘X1' Visa.
Important: (1)The‘X1’ Visa will is only valid for 30 days after your arrival. You must apply for a Residence Permit within these 30 days；you would be otherwise considered staying illegally and heavily fined.
(2) According to Chinese law and regulations, students with visa-free access cannot get any other valid visa within mainland China. PLEASE apply for X1/X2/L visa before you come to China.
It is not advisable to arrive way before the day of registration since you will not be able to apply for a Residence Permit prior to registration.
'X1' Visa Sample
Students who will be studying in China for less than 6 months may apply for an ‘X2' Visa.
‘X2' Visa Sample
Students who plan to come to China one month before the day of registration may apply for a tourist visa, known as ‘L' Visa.
Tourist Visa/ ‘L' Visa Sample
For information regarding the location and the contacts of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country, please visit the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/