PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Introduction to the Program

The PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Shanghai Normal University is a three year program for international students.

About Shanghai Normal University

Founded in 1954, a key university in Shanghai, Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) is a comprehensive university with salient features of teacher training and particular strength in liberal arts.

One of the earliest universities to provide Chinese language programs to international students in Shanghai, SHNU started to accept international students in 1965. SHNU is one of the authorized universities to accept international students sponsored by Chinese Government Scholarship, Confucius Scholarship, Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship and so on.

About ICCS

International College of Chinese Studies (ICCS) is the particular college to provide Chinese language programs to international students in SHNU. With the first-class teaching faculty, ICCS attracts nearly 2,000 international students from more than 40 countries all over the world every year.

For more information visit the Shanghai Normal University page here.

Research Orientations

1. Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
2. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language to Overseas Chinese Students
3. Grammar Theories and Their Application
4. Information Processing of Chinese Language

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

Master’s Degree

Application Deadline

May 31

Time of Admission Test

9:00 am on Wednesday of the third week in June     ( Place of the test: ICCS )


Grammatical Study on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language; Methods on Language Research; Chinese Grammar Theories; Chinese Grammar Application; Algebra Logic
Formal Semantics; Study on Language Quality; Study on Teaching Chinese to Overseas Chinese; Research on Chinese Grammar; Computer-aided Chinese Study and Teaching; Selective Reading on Linguistics Works;Selective Reading on Chinese Grammar Works; Research on Applied Linguistics; Research on Language Teaching and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign language; Foreign Language of This Major; Lectures on Field Prospective, etc.


Xuhui Campus

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB 28,000 per year. The total for the 3 year program is 84,000 RMB.


Typically, students from abroad are arranged to be accommodated in the Building of Academic Exchanges Center, Waibinlou Building (Foreign Guest House), Xi Liu (No. 6 Dorm on West Xuhui Campus), etc. Also, students are allowed to rent off campus at their own will, however, it usually costs less to live and study on campus.. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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