Huang Wan studied law at the law school of Peiyang University (now Tianjin University), Tianjin, and graduated in 1915 with Bachelor of Laws degree. He also studied at Columbia University, U.S.A., from 1922 till 1924 and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, England, in 1924-1925.
Mr. Huang was admitted to the bar in 1916. He served in the Ministry of Navy during 1916-1917. Huang Wan headed the Fujian educational delegation to Formosa (now Taiwan) in 1917. He visited Europe as a member of the Fellowship Group led by Dr. Sherwood Eddy in 1922 to study post-war economic and political conditions in Europe.
He toured Europe and South Sea Islands, studying sodial and educational conditions in 1926. After his return to China, he was active in the revolutionary movement in the South. Huang Wan was appointed principal of the 13th Provincial Middle School, Fujian, from 1926 to 1927. In 1927 he became a commissioner of education of Fujian Provincial Government.