ba business administration Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Bachelor’s in Business Administration

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a three or four year program for international students taught in English.


Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. As an independent Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool.

About the Program

The BA Business Administration programme offers you a comprehensive introduction to business. You will be introduced to real-world business problems and analyse how these may be solved.

By the end of your degree, you will have the knowledge, skills and commercial awareness to pursue a successful career in a wide variety of public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU undergraduate programmes, will earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

About International Business School Suzhou

Founded in 2013 as the exclusive business school of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, International Business School Suzhou offers a unique blend of Western and Chinese academic practices. It is the youngest business school ever to earn Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation and has accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Located in Suzhou, Jiangsu, near Shanghai, one of China’s the fastest-growing commercial centres, IBSS seeks to become an international leader in business education and research. It is perfectly placed to support your talent development and research needs.

Creative interaction and collaboration with international and domestic businesses, coupled with solid academic grounding, underpins the IBSS learning and teaching environment. This prepares Chinese students for international business and international students for doing business in or with China.


The BA Business Administration programme provides a broad introduction to the business world, so you will be equipped to work in a wide variety of roles within public, private and not-for-profit organisations. Your knowledge of business practices in eastern and western countries will enable you to work with confidence in international organisations. The knowledge you gain on this programme will give you a strong foundation for further study.

Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate from BA Business Administration, you will be able to:

  • understand the different ways in which businesses can be organised
  • reflect critically and holistically on the organisation and operation of businesses
  • apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to solve business problems
  • understand the social, cultural and economic contexts in which businesses operate.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students have completed A-levels of International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB: 30 points
  • SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three SAT subject tests of at least 600 in each subject, if you took the SAT before March 2016.
  • AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.

English Language Requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.0 or above will take five credits EAP.

Application Deadline

30th June


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

Year Two will provide you with a firm foundation in business administration. You will study the following core modules:

  • Introduction to organisation and management
  • Quantitative methods
  • Fundamentals of marketing
  • Introduction to financial accounting and accountability
  • Introduction to managerial accounting
  • Economic principles for business and markets
  • Introduction to human resource management
  • Principles of operations

Year Three

Core modules:

  • Career skills and current issues in business
  • Theory of the firm
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • International business
  • Business and employment law
  • Introduction to finance

You will also choose from the following optional modules:

  • Market research
  • Services marketing
  • Operations management: tools and techniques
  • Entrepreneurship

Year Four

Core modules:

  • Final year project
  • Strategic management and business policy
  • Psychological approaches to decision-making
  • Managing people
  • Corporate communication.

You will also choose from the following optional modules:

  • Marketing strategy
  • E-business models and strategies
  • International economic relations

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB88,000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 352000 RMB.

Fees for studying in the University of Liverpool, UK

Tuition Fee: GBP 12,000 – 16,000 (approximately)


The accommodation facilities are located within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, where the University is situated. All accommodation within this area is private and managed by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Limited Company (SIPEDI), and also provides to students studying at other institutions.

For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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