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Xi'an International Studies University
Xi'an, China

Established in 1952 with the name of Northwest Russian College, Xi'an International Studies University (XISU) is the only university in northwest China conducting a complete range of foreign language programs. It was renamed as Xi'an Foreign Languages University in 1958. In 1979, the University started taking in postgraduate students. In 1986, with the authorization of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, it acquired the right to grant master's degrees. In February 2006, upon the approval of the Ministry of Education, the University changed its name to Xi'an International Studies University. Development over the past fifty-odd years has facilitated XISU's transformation from a university focusing only on foreign language education to a teaching-research university with coordinated and balanced programs in international studies, humanities, social studies, management as well as natural sciences. 

XISU is now an important foreign languages education base, playing an irreplaceable role in foreign language teaching and research in western China and China as a whole. Xian, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, Xian is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, Xian has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed Xian with an amazing historical heritage. Tourists marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in and around the city.

Known as the leading city of China's Western Development Drive Program since 1990s, Xian is an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, providing visitors with modern and convenient facilities.

Language requirement:

English
Elementary/Intermediate Chinese

Estimated Monthly Living Expenses:

Housing - $300 to $600
Meals - $250 to $350
Personal Expenses - $400 to $500
Medical Insurance - $90 (one time only)

Courses Available:

Chinese: Elementary / Intermediate / Advanced courses available. 

 

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Xiamen University

Xiamen University of Technology
Fujian, China

Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader. It was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese. Xiamen University has a graduate school, 25 schools containing 64 departments and 10 research institutes and research centers. With 26 Doctoral degrees in first –class disciplines, and 40 Master degrees in first-class disciplines, the university offers 82 undergraduate programs, 279 graduate programs, and 185 PhD programs. 14 subjects have been assessed and awarded as “the national key disciplines”. There are 15 Post doctoral research centers, 9 subjects of “national educational centers for talents”, 5 first-class and 9 second-class national key disciplines.The university now has a total enrollment of over 38,000 full-time students on campus, including 20,575 undergraduates, 15,590 master students, 2,567 doctoral students, and over 2500 international students. In 2005, Xiamen University received a straight-A score in the undergraduate level Teaching Appraisal organized by the Ministry of Education.

Xiamen University has inter-university cooperative ties with over 170 institutions of higher education at home and abroad. Xiamen University has formally established multi-lateral cooperative relationship with seven other universities around the world by signing the Agreement on Global U7 Consortium in 2004. In 2005, there were 8 members of this group. Xiamen University vigorously promotes the campaign of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The university has co-established 13 Confucius Institutes with universities in North America, Europe, Africa, etc. Because of its especially favorable geographical location and advantageous human resources, it is the key university most actively engaged in cross-straits educational, scientific and cultural exchanges.

Language Requirement:

English

Estimated Monthly Living Expenses:

Housing - $300 to $500
Meals - $200 to $300
Personal Expenses - $300 to $500
Medical Insurance - $90 (one time only)

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Zhejiang Normal University

Zhejiang Normal University
Jinhua, China

The main campus of Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) is located at the cultural historical city of Jinhua in the central part of Zhejiang Province. The city links Shanghai and Hangzhou to the north, and Guangdong and Fujian provinces to the south. The university is next to a national scenic spot—the Double Dragon Cave, and covers a total area of more than 220 hectares with a total floor space of more than one million square meters. Its green and beautiful campus furnishes an ideal place for living, study and work.

The historical evolution of Zhejiang Normal University can be traced back to "Hangzhou Junior Teacher’s College", set up in 1956, and then evolved into “Hangzhou Teacher’s College” in 1958. In 1962, both Zhejiang Education College and Zhejiang Physical Education College were merged to form Zhejiang Teacher’s College, which was moved to Jinhua in 1965. In 1980, the college was enlisted as a key provincial institution of higher learning. In 1985, the college acquired its university status as Zhejiang Normal University. Later on, in 2000, 2001, and 2004, three more schools merged into ZNU, i.e. Zhejiang Financial School, Zhejiang School of Preschool-Teacher Education and Jinhua Railway Engineering School respectively.

As one of the key provincial universities, ZNU specializes in teacher education with multiple branches of learning. The University consists of 18 colleges offering 61 undergraduate programs. It has an enrollment over 25,480 undergraduates, 4,300 postgraduates, and 15,000 adult students in various adult education programs. Among the total staff of 2,640, there are 1,460 full-time instructors, including a Chinese Academy of Sciences Academician, 260 full professors and 650 associate professors. One professor was awarded the title of National Outstanding Scholar. The University is named by the Ministry of Education as a Key National Training Base for Teachers of Vocational Education.The University makes strenuous efforts to open up to the outside world. In recent years, ties of academic exchange and cooperation have been set up between ZNU and 92 foreign universities and research institutes in 42 countries.

Language Requirement:

English

Estimated Monthly Living Expenses:

Housing - $300 to $500
Meals - $200 to $300
Personal Expenses - $300 to $500
Medical Insurance - $90 (one time only)

 

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