📖Introduction

The Central Academy of Drama (Zhong Xi) is the top drama school in Asia and is located in an area of old Beijing in Nan Luo Gu Xiang.

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🏫About Central Academy of Drama (CAD)

The academy was established in April 1950. It was named by Mao Zedong. It inherited the drama department of Lu Xun Art Academy in Yan’an, art school of North China University, and National Drama College in Nanjing. Most famous Chinese actors, actresses, and directors graduated from the Academy, such as Ziyi Zhang, Jiang Wen, Gong Li. The graduated students are all over the film and TV industry, also influence the development of Chinese Drama, Film and television. It is regarded as the most preeminent drama school in Asia.

The Academy is often visited by scouts looking for actors for Chinese movies and so foreigners can have the opportunity to take part in films.

The Academy is extremely competitive for Chinese students to attend, and there are many applications per place.

Location:

Central Academy of Drama is located in the center of Beijing on Nan Luo Gu Xiang Hutong, which is a beautiful area of old Beijing. It is located closer to the CBD than most of the other Universities which are in the student district in Haidian, the North West of Beijing. As there are less foreigners in this area it can be an advantage in learning Chinese. Some pictures of Nan Luo Gu Xiang are below.

Accommodation:

There is accommodation available to students on campus. Students should put in a request for the accommodation when they apply.

 

🏠 Accommodation

There is accommodation available to students on campus. Students should put in a request for the accommodation when they apply.

Notes:
  • You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.
  • You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.
  • We have an article about how to find accommodation off campus here.
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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$80 USD

Tuition fee:

11,600 RMB per semester

23,200 RMB in total

💸 Living Expenses in Beijing

Expense Average costs
Accommodation On average, a single room student dormitory accommodation will cost about RMB 1500 per month, or about RMB 18,000 per year, including utilities.
Food A meal at the university canteen/restaurant or in a fast-food restaurant outside would cost about RMB 7 to RMB 30. The average monthly bill for students that will study in Beijing, China can be between the range of RMB 1800 to RMB 4000.
Transportation A one-way local transport ticket in Beijing costs about RMB 4. The taxi start rate costs about RMB 13, plus the additional taxi rate per kilometer of about RMB 2.30. A monthly transport pass for university students in Beijing would cost around RMB 200.
Extra costs: Some extra costs for university students who will study in Beijing, China are books and study materials around RMB 210 to RMB 350 per month (increased costs for those studying Sciences, Medicine, or Art), and medical insurance of about RMB 400 per six months.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • The Central Academy of Drama Guarantee Certificate of Guardian
  • Guarantor’s Passport
  • Certificate from the Financial Guarantor
  • Medical Examination Form
  • Your Passport Copy
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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