Different universities have different application deadlines, and some do not have a specific deadline at all.

Universities with the most competitive entry criteria will often use a deadline of around December for a programme to begin the following September.

Further information as to more specific dates is available in Sinograduate’s database under each individual university.

In terms of the broader national academic calendar, this differs from the typical northern hemisphere calendar, rotating around Chinese New Year rather than Christmas. In general it follows the follow:

 A mid-term week-long break takes place around National Day on October 1, while term typically ends in mid-January.

There are no official holidays for Christmas or other religious holidays. The Gregorian new year is recognised by a holiday on January 1.

The mid-year academic break revolves around Chinese New Year, the timing of which fluctuates. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. Below is a chart that shows the beginning day of Chinese New Year until 2019 and the animal sign for that year.



Year Chinese New Year Begins Animal Sign
2007 February 18 Pig
2008 February 7 Rat
2009 January 26 Ox
2010 February 14 Tiger
2011 February 3 Rabbit
2012 January 23 Dragon
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31 Horse
2015 February 19 Sheep
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig