Master’s in Contemporary China Studies

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in Contemporary China Studies at Renmin University of China (RUC) is a two year program for international students taught in English.

About Renmin University of China

Renmin University of China (RUC) is a key comprehensive and research-oriented university in China. It is one of the earliest universities in China that established Graduate Schools, and is the most prestigious university in the humanities and social sciences in China. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

Since 2006, the Contemporary China Studies Program (CCSP) has offered overseas students not yet proficient in Chinese language the opportunity to study Chinese governance and foreign relations while living in China’s capital city. CCSP draws students from all over the world, fostering a unique multidisciplinary and multinational environment in which diverse backgrounds and experiences enhance rigorous academic study.

The two-year master’s program provides a comprehensive introduction to the economy, politics, law, society, and foreign policy of contemporary China. In the second year, the program supports students as they conduct independent research on a topic of their choosing. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a Master of law degree, as recognized by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The language of instruction and administration for CCSP is English.

CCSP resides within the School of International Studies at Renmin University (Renda), China’s premier institution of higher learning in the humanities and social sciences. Renda’s tradition of research and teaching excellence provides an unmatched foundation for educating top foreign students in the fundamentals of Chinese politics, society, and foreign relations. The university’s vibrant academic community enriches students’ experiences well beyond the classroom.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or above
  • Satisfactory English proficiency

Application Deadline

April 30


CCSP’s courses vary year to year. Each semester, students will enroll in all substantive courses offered. First year students will also attend a weekly lecture series each term. Finally, although no Chinese language proficiency is required to enter the program; all students must take at least one semester of Chinese language. Courses Offered in CCSP:

Spring Semester:

Contemporary Chinese Politics
Contemporary Chinese History & Culture
China and Conflict Country and Region
Sino-US Relations
China’s Reform (Series Lectures)
Intermediate/Advanced Chinese Language Course

Fall Semester:

Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy
Contemporary Chinese Society
China’s Grand Strategy (Series Lectures)
Investing in China/Contemporary Chinese Finance & Economy
Methodology in Social Science Studies/Methodology in China Studies
Basic/Intermediate/Advanced Chinese Language Course

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB60000 per year. The tuition fee for the 2 year program is 120,000 RMB.


There are four different international residence on campus. They are No.1 International Student Residence, No.2 International Student Residence, No.3 International Student Residence, and International Cultural Exchange Center. For further information on the accommodation at Renmin University of China (RUC) visit the accommodation page here.

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