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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is the professional practice of designing and developing infrastructure projects. This can be on a huge scale, such as the development of nationwide transport systems or water supply networks, or on a smaller scale, such as the development of individual roads or buildings.

All aspects of building a structure fall under the remit of a civil engineer. This can include planning, design, budgeting, surveying, construction management and analysis, and often Civil Engineering careers encompass a combination of all these elements.

The great thing about civil engineering in the real world is that it’s an industry that perpetually adapts to the demands and desires of society. In recent years civil engineering has adapted to consider many contemporary environmental concerns, helping to address issues of pollution and scarce water supplies, while considering the potential of sustainable energy within the industry.

If you choose to pursue a civil engineering degree, you’ll discover the extent to which civil engineers shape, build, maintain and expand societies. Whether it’s a bridge, space satellite, dam, road or tunnel, civil engineers are the people who design, construct and manage the entire process, from development to evaluation.

Civil engineering graduates are the brains behind all the largest and most essential structures that surround us – buildings, transport networks, energy and water supplies – and so their value within society is great. In recent years, the profession has seen a shortage of experienced graduates, meaning that now, more than ever, civil engineering graduates are highly sought-after.

Civil Engineering Studies in China and Other Major Countries
Tuition (in USD/year)
Degree after Graduation
Language Requirements

Advantages and Disadvantages of Studying in China and in Other Major Countries

China Advantages
  • Government investing heavily in international students
  • Copious English-taught programs
  • Competitive tuition for a quality education
  • Tolerant and safe social environment
  • Language requirement if you want to integrate into Chinese
  • Developing country
USA Advantages
  • Generous scholarship
  • High quality of education
  • Costly tuition fee, living expenses and application fees 
  • Social security problem caused by refugees 
  • Higher entry requirements
UK Advantages
  • 3 years for bachelor degree
  • Lower application fees
  • Quality of education declined recent years
  • Reserved social climate
  • Tightening immigration policy
Germany Advantages
  • Low entry requirements
  • Famous for its engineering education
  • High graduation requirements
  • Language requirement
  • Difficult to apply for scholarship



Why Study Civil Engineering in China


  • China has more experience building large-scale civil engineering projects than all other countries combined, including ports, port facilities, railway, high-speed railway, airports, highways, bridges, etc, using the latest materials, and in the process, having developed new construction processes, which is way ahead of the US, EU and Japan.
  • High rate of employment in China for its vast infrastructure construction
  • Wide range of employment: construction sector, service sector, Real estate sector, management sector, business sector, financial sector, etc
  • 5 Chinese universities’ civil engineering ranking Top 100 by QS during 2016-2017, 18 by US News in 2016
  • Enjoying the pleasure of innovation in China

Job Options (Jobs directly related to your degree include)

  • Building control surveyor
  • Consulting civil engineer
  • Contracting civil engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Water engineer,Site engineer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Building services engineer
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Patent attorney
  • Quantity surveyor
Where to Study Civil Engineering in China

Detailed Comparison of the Top 5


Tsinghua University

  • Tuition: 30,000 RMB per year
  • Location: Beijing
  • Language requirement: Chinese, HSK 6
  • Features:
    One of the oldest discipline of Tsinghua;
    Civil Engineering of Tsinghua in Asia is second to none
    7 laboratories, 1 key Laboratory of Ministry of Education, 1 National Engineering Laboratory, 1 Beijing Engineering Technology Research Center

Detailed Comparison of the Top 5


Shanghai Jiaotong University

  • Tuition: 24,800 RMB per year
  • Location: Shanghai
  • Language requirement: Chinese, HSK 5
  • Features:
    Having history over 100 years
    Strong academic faculties;
    Having excellent research achievement in the area of civil engineering

Detailed Comparison of the Top 5


Tongji University:

  • Tuition: 24,600 RMB per year
  • Location: Shanghai
  • Language requirement:Chinese,HSK4
  • Features:
    Rich in academic expertise and resources
    First class facilities for its State Key Laboratory of Disaster Prevention in Civil Engineering
    Having established cooperation relationship with other world-class universities;
    Great reputation among foreign students

Detailed Comparison of the Top 5


Zhejiang University:

  • Tuition: 24,800RMB/year
  • Location: Hangzhou
  • Language requirement: Chinese,HSK 4
  • Features:
    One of the first established discipline of Zhejiang University
    Alumni are to be found around the world
    Lower Chinese language requirement with affordable tuition

Detailed Comparison of the Top 5


Harbin Institute of Technology

  • Tuition: 26,000 RMB per year
  • Location: Harbin
  • Language requirement: English, IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 550
  • Features:
    Having English-taught civil engineering program with affordable tuition
    Preponderate discipline in HIT;
    Offering a broad interdisciplinary curriculum

Ascending tuition fees of the Top 10