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Schooling for Foreign Children
The Chinese education system provides six years of primary school, followed by six years of secondary education. At higher-education institutions, junior college programs take two to three years, bachelor’s programs takes four to five years, and master’ s and doctoral programs take two to three years. Each school year consists of two semesters, with each semester about 21 weeks long. The first semester begins on September 1 and ends in mid-January of the next year, and the second semester begins in early or mid-February and ends in early July. Each school year has about 10 weeks of summer and winter breaks.
The Foreign nationals, who are at least 18 years old and in good health, with qualifications equivalent to or above Chinese senior high school diploma as well as ordinary passports, may apply to enroll colleges and universities qualified for overseas students.
A foreign national wishing to attend a primary or secondary school in Wuhan, may apply for an educational residence permit according to the Interim Administrative Provisions on Primary and Secondary Schools Admitting Foreign Students. A foreign national wishing to attend higher education institution in Wuhan, should apply for an educational residence permit according to the Interim Administrative Provisions on Higher Education Institutions Admitting International Students.
An applicant who has entered China with a regular passport and an “X” visa may apply for a residence permit with the Entry and Exit Administration Department of the Wuhan Municipal Public Security Bureau by presenting the letter of offer that he or she has received from a higher-education institution and other required documents.
School-age children of foreign nationals residing in Wuhan may apply to attend their nearest school by presenting their Hubei Residence Permits. The Children may also choose to attend a school dedicated to foreign children in Wuhan.
List of Schools Dedicated to Foreign Children in Wuhan:
1. Wuhan Yangtze International School
Established in 2003 and receiving its independent license from the Ministry of Education in 2011, WYIS is the only officially approved school for foreign children in Hubei province. WYIS is accredited with Advancing Excellence in Education worldwide (AdvancED) for Kindergarten through high school.
Currently located in sanjiaohu primary school in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone, WYIS has more than 100 foreign students receiving a kindergarten through high school education. The school employs more than 20 foreign teachers from countries including America and Canada and is carrying out a teaching and management mode resembling that in the US.
Please Contact: Huang Zili (Manager of Human Resource Department)
Add: The Sanjiaohu Elementary School, Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone, Wuhan
2. Wuhan Maple Leaf International School （WMLIS）
WMLIS is an international school established in 2007 by Maple Leaf Education System upon the approval of Wuhan Education Bureau and Canada British Columbia Provincial Ministry of Education. As the pivotal branch school of Maple Leaf Education System, WMLIS has consistently followed the principle of “Blending the Best of East and West in Education” and brought the best quality education resources into the school.
Please Contact: Li Fengxia (Dean of the School Administration Office)
Add: No.330, Minzu Avenue, East Lake Hi-tech Development Zone, Wuhan