Secondary education documents

After completing a senior middle school programme, pupils obtain the documents below in Chinese, accompanied by an official translation.

  • Senior middle school diploma (普通高中毕业证书 putong gaozhong biye zhengshu);
  • the official results of the provincial examination (huikao/general ability test) issued by the Provincial Education Bureau;
  • the grade list (3 years of senior middle school).

Please note: the layout of these documents varies from province to province.

Higher education documents

After completing a higher education programme, students obtain the documents below in Chinese, accompanied by an official translation.

Non degree programmes

After a zhuanke programme students obtain:

  • a graduation certificate (毕业证书);
  • a grade list;
  • official translations.

Please note: until 2000, the layout of all higher education certificates was the same. The Ministry of Education supplied a fixed format. Since 2000, institutions are also allowed to use their own format, which is mainly done by the more prominent universities.

Degree programmes

After a bachelor's, master's or PhD programme students obtain:

  • a graduation certificate (毕业证书);
  • a degree certificate (学位证书);
  • a grade list;
  • official translations.

Please note: until 2000, the layout of all higher education certificates was the same. The Ministry of Education supplied a fixed format. Since 2000, institutions are also allowed to use their own format, which is mainly done by the more prominent universities.

Steps for checking documents

When checking documents from Chinese higher education, you take 2 steps:

  1. Check whether the education institution is on the list from 2021 (in Chinese only). This is an overview of all recognised institutions. The programmes of these institutions are accredited. You can find an English overview of institutions on the English website of the Ministry of Education, however this only concerns institutions that exclusively offer English-language programmes.
  2. If the education institution is not listed in these overviews, you can request a CSSD and/or CDGDC digital verification report from the student:

Notarial deed

When checking documents from secondary and higher education, we often see notarial deeds instead of original documents.

In China, civil-law notary firms make copies of the original documents and attach a declaration from the firm (in Chinese and English) stating that the attached document is a true copy of the original, and including information on the general content of the original document.

Please note: this notarial deed does not replace the original document, and should be regarded as a certified copy.