China University of Petroleum (East China) (CUP) is a leading public university specializing in petroleum engineering and related disciplines. Established in 1953, CUP is located in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The university is renowned for its focus on the oil and gas industry, providing comprehensive education and research in fields such as petroleum engineering, geology, geophysics, and management.

CUP is distinguished by its commitment to addressing the energy needs of China and the world, with a strong emphasis on research and innovation in the petroleum and energy sectors. The university plays a vital role in training professionals for the oil and gas industry, contributing to technological advancements, and promoting sustainable practices in the energy field. While specific global rankings may vary, CUP is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in petroleum engineering and technology. The university's strategic location in Qingdao, a key hub for the energy industry, enhances its impact and reputation in the field of petroleum and natural resource management.

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📚About the Program

Bachelor’s in Petroleum Engineering at China University of Petroleum (East China)

This program will enable students to be qualified personnel in morality, intellectuality and physical fitness in order to meet the personnel needs of oil industries’ development. Students will be able to undertake petroleum engineering design, operation, production management, scientific development and applied research, etc. as well as know about Chinese society and culture when they graduate. Students should acquire the academic knowledge and research abilities. They should have solid foundation on math, physics, chemistry, mechanics, and geology and master basic Chinese. They should have the ability to design projects of oil and gas well drilling and producing, oil and gas field exploitation, to analyze and solve practical problems, to make technological improvement, scientific development and to process applied research. Graduates will have fairly strong experiment test ability, calculation ability and expression ability. Graduates will have insight and ability to process production and organizational management with systematic engineering ideas and modern operational knowledge.

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🏫About China University of Petroleum (East China)

UPC is a national university under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. It’s on the list of “211 Project”, a project of national key universities and colleges with the intent of raising the research standards of high-level universities and cultivating strategies for socio-economic development, and a member of the “985 innovation platform for preponderant discipline” universities, platform to promote the development and reputation of the Chinese higher education system.

UPC have leading-edge taught and research programs in the field of petroleum and petrochemical technology. Over 1600 professional teachers and 54 national, provincial laboratories and research centers ensure UPC to be an important scientific research base for petroleum and petrochemical industries and to deliver a world-renowned, high quality education.

China University of Petroleum have over 900 on-campus international students from more than 70 countries across the globe. English-medium undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Petroleum Engineering, together with all Chinese-medium programmes, are open to all overseas students.

Graduates get great jobs at great salaries. With an employment rate of 90% for 20 consecutive years, some of our 200,000 graduates are well-paid employers in CNPC, SINOPEC, CNOOC and CHEMCHINA. UPC is awarded the honor of the National Model Unit for Employment by the State Council.

We very much welcome students from all over the world to study at China University of Petroleum.

About Qingdao

Qingdao is a coastal city in Eastern China. It faces the Yellow Sea on the east and south, facing North Korea, South Korea and Japan across the sea. Qingdao is famous seaside city in the south of Shandong Peninsula. The total population is up to 9,05 million in 2014. Qīng (青) in Chinese means “green” or “lush”, while dǎo (岛) means “island”.

Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial center. The world’s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. In 2009, Qingdao was named China’s most livable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness.

Qingdao has a northern temperature zone monsoon climate with the characteristics of a marine climate, such as moist air, abundant rainfall and four distinctive seasons. It is neither hot in summer nor too cold in winter.

Qingdao is famous in China for its delicious fresh seafood. The Laoshan Scenic Area has an important position in sightseeing because of its beautiful scenery, natural pearls and exquisite crafts. Qingdao beer (Tsingtao beer), a popular beer brand in the world, is produced in Qingdao.


The university has two campuses in Dongying and Qingdao, Shandong Province. Qingdao Campus is the main and new campus, located in Qingdao, a city with a high reputation of “the sailing city” and “the city by the sea” for its charming scenery. It faces the Tangdao Bay and backed by the Little Pearl Hill with a picturesque scenery. Dongying campus lies in Dongying, the central city on the Yellow River delta and nationally known as “the city of oil”. It is the old campus and currently well served as the base of research and practice.

Qingdao Campus – Learning the coast of the sea

With engaging scenery of Tangdao Bay and Mount Xiaozhu, the modern Qingdao Campus is the main campus. As one of the most student-friendly cities in China and regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world, Qingdao is an exciting, fascinating and welcoming place to study. It is also an internationally renowned city for its seaport, beaches and sailing, as well as beer and hem. It has a great social and culture life, a busy sporting calendar and a rich history.

Living in University

UPC is one of the safest universities in China. Campus CCTVs work 24 hours every day to secure your study and life. With more than 130 student societies and organizations, you will always have things to do with the student government, clubs, intramural sports, design teams, research, arts and more. There are daily necessities stores, barber shops, book stores, copy centers, photo studios, hospitals and other supportive communities inside the campus.

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🏠 Accommodation

There are fourteen floors in UPC International Students’ Apartment, where the first floor is teaching area, the second is offices of CIE, the third to twelfth floor are student’s apartments, and the thirteenth to the fourteenth floor are foreign teacher’s apartments. Charging standard:

- Single-room (South) 1200RMB/month
- Single-room (North) 1000RMB/month
- Double-room (South) 700RMB/month/bed
- Double-room (North) 600RMB/month/bed

This charging standard applies to the students who live in dormitory building more than 90 days.

  • 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:

$0 USD

Tuition fee:

20,000 CNY per year

80,000 CNY in total

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 25.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied a degree in English before
- Can demonstrate a high level of English
- Having an English certificate such as IELTS level 6 or TOEFL 95 and above is an advantage.

Minimum education level: High School.

All student except from Nigeria are eligible to apply to this program

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📬 Admissions Process

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

Required Documents:

  • Certificate from the Financial Guarantor
  • No Criminal Record Certificate
  • Medical Examination Form
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

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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