BA China Studies XJTLU

Bachelor’s in China Studies

Introduction to the Program

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

About XJTLU

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

Taught in English, the BA China Studies programme provides the opportunity to apply theories from the humanities and social sciences to your understanding and analysis of China, its history and culture, society and politics, business and economics.

You will follow one of two pathways that lead to two different careers. If you are interested in teaching the Chinese language as a career, you will be directed towards the ‘Teaching Chinese as an International Language’ pathway. If your interest lies in the study and application of the social sciences, including teaching, you will be directed towards the ‘Contemporary China Studies’ pathway.

Students on both pathways study the same modules in Years One and Two. The modules are different for each pathway in Years Three and Four.

About The Department of China Studies

The Department of China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University teaches and researches China’s history and culture, society and politics, business and economics. It has academic programmes that are open to both Chinese and international students – teaching is in English and no prior knowledge is required. The department also has an active outreach educational programme for staff at XJTLU and in the wider community.

Careers

Graduates have a wide variety of career choices in addition to the opportunity for further graduate study. Typically, students from this programme are employed by companies and organisations looking to link with China in fields such as international business, economics, financial services, government, diplomacy, journalism, education, development and NGO activities.

Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate from the BA China Studies programme, you will have:

  • an advanced level of proficiency in both English and modern standard Chinese
  • a strong understanding of humanities and social science theories
  • an in-depth understanding of Chinese history and contemporary China’s society, culture, and development.

Start Date of the Program

September

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

Curriculum

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

  • Chinese civilisation
  • Chinese history
  • Twentieth century China
  • Doing business in China
  • Introduction to classical Chinese
  • China: society and development
  • Communications in China
  • China: government and politics
  • Introduction to Chinese literature
  • Modern standard Chinese or English language

Year Three

Pathway A: Teaching Chinese as an international language

  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Applied linguistics
  • Teaching Chinese as an international language I
  • Chinese writing
  • Classical Chinese II
  • Modern standard Chinese or English language

Pathway B: Contemporary China Studies

Choose three from the following:

  • China and the world
  • China: social stratification and change
  • China: enterprise and enterprise development
  • Chinese cinema
  • Classical Chinese II
  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature

Choose three from the following:

  • China and East Asia
  • China: family and society
  • China: regional development
  • China and the digital revolution
  • Modern standard Chinese

Year Four

Pathway A: Teaching Chinese as an international language

  • China: theatre and drama
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Language and literature
  • Teaching Chinese as an international language II
  • Modern standard Chinese or English language
  • Final year project

Pathway B: Contemporary China Studies

Choose two from the following:

  • Local government in China
  • West China
  • China: international trade
  • China: theatre and drama

Choose two from the following:

  • China: social policy
  • China: understanding gender
  • China: the public sector
  • Portrayal of China in Western media
  • Classical Chinese III
  • Modern standard Chinese

Plus:

  • Final year project

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)

Accommodation

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.

Application

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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