BSc Economics at XJTLU

Bachelor’s in Economics

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in Economics 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 programme will provide you with comprehensive training in the theoretical and quantitative tools used in the study of economics. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of three areas: finance, international business or marketing. All students receive a rigorous grounding in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.

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.


An undergraduate degree in economics is an excellent pathway to a broad spectrum of careers. The analytical and presentation skills coupled with the fundamental theories that you will acquire through the programme are highly valued by employers in many industries. Graduates will be well-prepared for management and specialist roles in various business sectors such as management consultancies, financial sectors, international organisations, government and civil service.

The degree will also equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue quite different careers such as marketing, law, or even engage in entrepreneurial activities. Graduates will also gain a solid foundation for postgraduate study in economics or in other fields, such as finance, management, and public administration.

Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate, you will have the ability to:

  • apply economic theories to the workings of real world markets
  • analyse and identify creative solutions to problems relating to business and economic policy.

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

Core modules:

  • Introduction to statistics
  • Principles of microeconomics
  • Principles of macroeconomics
  • Mathematics for economics and business

You will also choose optional modules in finance, international business or marketing, depending on your chosen specialisation.

Year Three

  • Microeconomics I
  • Microeconomics II
  • Macroeconomics I
  • Macroeconomics II
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II

You will also choose optional modules to continue with your chosen pathway in finance, international business or marketing.

Year Four

  • Game theory
  • Advanced econometrics
  • Advanced macroeconomics
  • Final year project

You will also continue on your chosen pathway in finance, international business or marketing.

Modules in the finance pathway (Years Three/Four) include:

  • History of economic thought
  • Financial management
  • Behavioural economics
  • International labour markets
  • Business finance
  • Monetary economics
  • Finance and markets
  • International trade
  • The Chinese economy

Modules in the international business pathway (Years Three/Four) include:

  • Retail marketing
  • History of economic thought
  • International development
  • Behavioural economics
  • International labour markets
  • International trade
  • Business in the Asia-Pacific region
  • International marketing
  • Monetary economics
  • The Chinese economy
  • Strategic management and business policy

Modules in the marketing pathway (Years Three/Four) include:

  • International management
  • History of economic thought
  • Market research
  • Behavioural economics
  • International labour markets
  • International marketing
  • Corporate communication
  • Monetary economics
  • Strategic management and business policy
  • Services marketing
  • The Chinese economy

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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