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Introduction to Beijing Normal University English-Taught Master & Doctoral Programs
Introduction: Beijing Normal University (BNU), founded in 1902, is one of the universities that receive key supports from the state in Beijing. Throughout its development in more than one hundred years, BNU has always been developing along the route of self-improvement. It has never stopped the efforts in deepening the educational reform and has steadily raised the level and quality of education. In addition, BNU has attached great importance to academic development and shaped herself into a moderately-scoped, reasonably-structured, diversified and comprehensive university. BNU is committed to the development of research, increasing research funding rapidly and achieving a number of high level research outcomes.
     BNU ranks among the top universities in China. Signing an agreement with Ministry of Education and Beijing Municipal Government, BNU became the 10th university on the list to get special support from the Chinese Government, aiming to be a world prestigious university. Now, it has 100 doctoral degree programs, 162 master degree programs, 55 bachelor degree programs and 18 post-doctoral programs. Beijing Normal University had 16 national key disciplines, including 5 general disciplines and 11 specialized disciplines Discipline of Education. Psychology and Chinese Language and Literature ranks top one in China. And 15 disciplines rank top 10 in China.
     BNU has started to recruit international students since 1965. Now, there are around 2000 students from 99 countries studying in BNU, 65% of which are for degree study. In order to promote the internationalization of the university, starting in 2011 BNU will offer “English-Taught Master Programs” in Faculty of Education, School of Social Development and Public Policy, School of Environment, and School of Economics and Business Administration, hoping to enroll promising overseas students. All the courses in the programs will be taught in English, aiming to cultivate talents who not only possess a high professional proficiency but are also familiar with Chinese society and culture. BNU will provide scholarships for excellent applicants.
Program Introduction:
Department Name
Program Name
Study Period
Faculty of Education
Comparative Education
3 years
98000 RMB
Faculty of Education
Comparative Education
2 years
68000 RMB
School of Social Development and Public Policy
Social Policy
2 years
98000 RMB
School of Environment
Environmental Science
2 years
68000 RMB
School of Economics and Business Administration
World Economy
2 years
80000 RMB
School of Geography
Human Geography
2 years
68000 RMB
Law School and College for Criminal Law Science

Chinese Law


2 years

120000 RMB

Application Requirements:
  1. Applicant should be non-Chinese citizens holding a foreign passport under 50 years old. (Former Chinese citizens naturalized into other nationalities are required to provide certification of the cancellation of their Hukou and ID card; this certification should be issued by the Public Security Bureau.)
  2. Applicant should hold a qualification which is equivalent to (or above) a Bachelor’s degree from a Chinese university
Application Materials: Applicants must first visit http://www.bnulxsh.com/graduate and complete the online application procedure. The following application materials should be mailed to the International Students Office at BNU by June 15th each year:
  1. BNU Application Form for International Students (upon completion of the online application form it must be downloaded and printed. Please attach a photo and ensure that the application form is signed by the applicant and his/her guarantor.)
  2. Recommendation letters from two associate professors or scholars with higher academic titles. There is no specified format for the recommendation letters and all letters must be signed by the referee.
  3. Completed Personal Statement Form (Master Program)(Please download and print the form, this form should be signed by the applicant)
  4. Admission Approval Form (Master Program) (Please download and print the form)
  5. An original or notarized copy of their undergraduate academic transcripts and bachelor’s degree certificate and graduation certificate (in English or Chinese)
  6. Applicants who are non-native English speaker should provide a certificate of their English proficiency (please refer to the department prospectus for more details).
  7. 600 RMB Application fee
  8. Two passport-sized photos (with the name of the applicant and the college/department applied for written on the back)
  9. Photocopy of applicant’s passport (this must be a valid, ordinary passport);
  10. Please submit any published academic papers, patents, or other academic achievements (originals or copies)

    Note: All documents should be written in English or Chinese; Application materials and registration fee will not be returned.

Contact Information:
    The Office of International Scholars and Students' Affairs, Beijing Normal University
    19 Xinjiekouwai Street, Haidian District, Beijing, China (Postcode: 100875)
    Telephone: 0086-10-58807986, 58808364, 58800325, 58800309
    Fax: 0086-10-58800823
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.bnulxsh.com
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