English & Communication XJTLU

Bachelor’s in English and Communication Studies

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in English and Communication Studies 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 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

As a student of the BA English and Communication Studies programme, you will have access to almost all of the modules offered in the Department of English, Culture and Communication, across our specialist areas of English language and literature, and communication and media.

The unique level of choice and flexibility makes this programme ideal for both international and domestic students. Like our other English programmes, it has modules on translation and interpreting between English and Chinese, as well as a unique specialised module on literary translation. The programme’s flexible structure, however, means that these modules are not compulsory, allowing both international and domestic students to follow alternative routes.

About The Department of English, Culture and Communication

The Department of English, Culture and Communication is a research-led department that prepares graduates for careers as English-language professionals in the fields of media and communications, finance, and international business.

Our graduates have skills that are highly sought-after in domestic and international job markets, and the innovative interdisciplinary design of each of our programmes ensures that students are well-prepared for the range of opportunities and challenges they will meet in their future careers.


BA English and Communication Studies students will graduate with a combination of critical and theoretical knowledge as well as with strong English language skills. You will acquire intellectual, interpersonal and technical skills that are highly valued by employers.

Graduates of this programme will be attractive employees in globalised workplaces and may be employed in journalism, broadcasting or advertising. Some may be employed as management trainees in a variety of businesses, while others will start their careers in retailing, computing, and librarianship. You may also be able to pursue a career as a professional translator or interpreter, or as a teacher of English as a foreign language. Additionally, the programme provides a foundation for further graduate level study in the subjects of English language, English literature and communications.

Knowledge and Skills

Communications and the media play an increasingly central role in modern society, economics and politics, making English, the global communications language, more important than ever before. You will gain an understanding of the changing use of language and other forms of communication, and the ways in which they inform and influence contemporary society.

By the time you graduate from the BA English and Communication Studies programme, you will be able to:

  • communicate professionally in English, within the context of journalism and the media
  • understand the theories and analytical techniques associated with linguistics, literature, culture and communication
  • apply your knowledge and skills to solve practical challenges and problems within the context of journalism and the media.

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

  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Close reading
  • Analysing communication
  • English literature in history
  • Media ethics

Choose two from the following:

  • Sounds of English
  • Media management
  • Journalism: theory and practice

Choose one option in English from the following:

  • Language of business and finance
  • Semantics and pragmatics
  • Literature and gender

Choose one option in communication from the following:

  • Screenwriting for film and TV
  • Perspectives on media
  • Global journalism

Year Three

Choose two options in English from the following:

  • Advertising and the media
  • Translation
  • Eighteenth century literature: Robinson Crusoe to Frankenstein.

Choose two options in communication from the following:

  • Approaches to the media
  • Adaptation across the media
  • Animation.

Choose two options in English from the following:

  • Business communication
  • Interpreting
  • Technical translation
  • World English literature
  • Jane Austen.

Choose two options in communication from the following:

  • Global media and entertainment
  • Investigative journalism
  • New media: an introduction

Year Four

  • Final year project

Choose one option in English from the following:

  • Analysing text
  • English as a global language
  • Conference interpreting
  • British romanticism
  • The invention of love.

Choose two options in communication from the following:

  • European cinema
  • Film in context
  • Documentary.

Choose two options in English from the following:

  • Interpersonal communication in the workplace
  • Language and literature
  • Modern poetry
  • Applied linguistics
  • Literary translation
  • The Gothic.

Choose one option in communication from the following:

  • Intercultural communication
  • Digital media and video production
  • Portrayal of China in Western media

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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