Foundation Program

Introduction to the Program

The Foundation Program at Tongji University is 1 year program for international students.

About Tongji University

Tongji University is one of the leading universities in China underdirect administration of Ministry of Education, listed on “Project 985” and “Project 211”. With a history of over a century, Tongji has valued the balanced development of four functions, i.e. education, research, outreach, and culture inheritance and innovation. For more info visit the Tongji University page here.

About the Program

The Department of International Foundation Program, Tongji University, Ministry of Education of China, is one of the seven Foundation Departments for International Students under the Ministry of Education in China. Around 300 foreign students, supported by Chinese government scholarship, or by own expense from over 80 countries are studying at Tongji University. They will have a systematic study of general Chinese, professional Chinese, Chinese culture, cross-cultural communication, basic courses of mathematics, physics, biology and computer science. Various language practices and social activities will also be provided. After one year’s study, those students will grasp the basic knowledge of Chinese language and culture, acquiring cross-cultural communication skills and a certain amount of specialized vocabulary and knowledge, which will help them meet the requirements of their further studies and daily life in universities of China. Meanwhile, the students graduate from the Program will obtain the certificate approved by the Ministry of Education of China.

Start Date of the Program

September or March

Entry Requirements

Over 18 years, Non-Chinese citizen in good health.

Application Deadline

20th June (for autumn semester)

24th Dec (for spring semester of next year)

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB14500 for the first semester and RMB19350 for the second semester. The total for the 1 year program is 33,850 RMB.


The International Students Service Centers is located on three campuses of Tongji University independently. They are all facilitated with telephone sets, toilets, showers, air-conditioning, public kitchens, classrooms, and business services such as duplication, fax and e-mail sending, typing and air-ticket and train ticket booking are offered. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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