Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance 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

The BSc Economics and Finance programme combines the best of two subjects to give you a real competitive edge. The core modules provide you with not only a specialisation in finance but also a strong background in economics. This interdisciplinary path will prepare you for specialist courses such as financial economics and financial econometrics. You will gain a basic knowledge of accounting which is invaluable for understanding how enterprises work.

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 BSc Economics and Finance programme is designed to fast track you to a career in the financial sector where job opportunities usually require strong data analytical abilities and an analytical approach to solving economic problems.

Graduates from this programme will also find that their strong econometric skills and understanding of regulatory policies provide opportunities in the professional services industry, at companies such as ‘The Big Four’ accounting and consulting firms KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and Ernst & Young.

Knowledge and Skills

When you graduate from BSc Economics and Finance you will:

  • possess a solid background in economics and financial theory
  • have a good understanding of these two fields and build on this interdisciplinary perspective to solve contemporary market questions
  • be able to implement theory in practical cases and acquire useable skills needed in the fields of finance and economics such as intellectual, analytical and modelling skills
  • be prepared for the job market with a sound understanding of economics in general and specialised knowledge of financial markets
  • be equipped with subject specific and generic transferable skills that you can use for further studies or in your future workplace
  • be prepared for postgraduate studies in finance, economics, and related subjects

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

  • Principles of microeconomics
  • Principles of macroeconomics
  • Introduction to statistics
  • Foundations of financial accounting
  • Introduction to business and economics
  • Maths for economics and business
  • Foundations of finance
  • Introduction to managerial accounting

Year Three

  • Microeconomics I
  • Macroeconomics I
  • Microeconomics II
  • Macroeconomics II
  • Corporate finance
  • Econometric theory
  • Mathematical economics
  • Financial instruments

Year Four

Core modules:

  • Investments
  • Financial econometrics
  • Financial economics
  • Financial risk management
  • Final year project.

Optional modules:

  • Game theory
  • International political economy
  • Advanced macroeconomics
  • The Chinese economy
  • International trade

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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