Introduction to Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL)

Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) is an institute of higher education directly administrated by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China with economics, law, and management as its core disciplines and coordinated with other six disciplines including philosophy, literature, history, science, engineering, and art. ZUEL is also one of the universities sponsored by “211 project” and “985 Project Innovation Platform”, which are the Chinese government’s endeavor aiming at strengthening institutions of higher education and key disciplinary areas as a national priority.

About ZUEL

ZUEL has a long history and makes a steady and fast development. The predecessor of this university is Zhongyuan University which was established by Central Plains Bureau of the Center Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Deng Xiaoping as the first General Secretary and the second General Secretary Chen Yi as the director of Preparatory Committee.

ZUEL has abundantly qualified teachers and has achieved striking science and research results. At present, the university has 20 schools including School of Marxism, School of Philosophy, School of Economics, School of Public Finance and Taxation, School of Finance, Law School, Criminal Justice School, School of Foreign Languages, School of Journalism and Culture Communication, School of Business Administration, School of Accounting (Center of MPAcc), School of Public Administration (MPA Center), School of Statistics and Mathematics, School of Information Security Engineering, Wenlan School, School of Intellectual Property Rights, MBA School, School of Continuing Education (School of Online Education), International Education School and China and South Korea Institute of New Media (DSU).

Today, ZUEL has more than 2400 members, among which there are about 1500 full-time teachers. There are over 270 professors, more than 580 associate professors and over 200 doctoral supervisors in our teachers’ team. Over the latest decades, teachers in ZUEL have been assigned and accomplished over 1000 items of key projects at state and provincial level. Among which 500 items were the key projects funded by the State Social Science Fund, the State Natural Science Fund, the Educational Department respectively, 400 of these being the science and research projects were sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Science and Technology.

At present, the university has 56 undergraduate programs, 15 first-level master programs, 89 secondary master programs, 6 first-level doctoral programs, 53 secondary doctoral programs and 6 post-doctoral programs. The university gives great importance to the teaching quality and takes talents cultivating as its priority. It has established a series of scientific educational concepts like “taking the student at first”, “comprehensive development”, “strengthening its special programs and coordinated development” and stresses the talent cultivating methods of “integration, innovation, and openness”.

The university covers an area of over 2800 mu (187 hectares) and has a combined floor space of 1,100,000 square meters. ZUEL is one of the first 100 universities that cover the campus with the internet. The university has a collection of over 7.8 million volumes in its libraries as well as 4.6 million electrical books. The auditorium is comparable to the professional theatre and the unit dormitories stand side by side. In addition, School Sports Ground was used as the main sports field for the fourth National University Games and the stadium for China League.

About Wuhan

Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, is situated on Jianghan Plain, a river-crossed fertile land created by the Hanjiang River joining the Yangtze River. Divided by the Yangtze, Wuhan is known as the ‘Three Towns of Wuhan’ with Hankou and Hanyang on the west bank, and Wuchang on the east. The city contains many lakes and parks, including expansive, picturesque East Lake.

Wuhan is a city with both an ancient history and a thriving present. Historic relics excavated from ancient tombs tell the city’s long history dating back 3,500 years. In the period of Pre-Qin (770 B.C. – 221 B.C.), it was the land of the State of Chu (one of the seven warring states before Qin, in the country’s first feudal dynasty) and was the cradle of the brilliant Chu Civilization. Starting here, merchants followed the great Yangtze River and lake network to expand businesses throughout the entire country.

Wuhan is known as ‘China’s Thoroughfare’ it is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads, and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan is sometimes referred to as “the Chicago of China” by foreign sources.

Wuhan is the place to find both history and natural wonders. Hubei Provincial Museum and Yellow Crane Tower are two places to appreciate ancient Chinese history and culture. In the museum, chimes excavated from tombs reveal the incredible achievements of ancient people in music, acoustics, and metallurgy.

Wuhan is known as one of the three stoves in China. During the summer, there are over 10 days when the temperature in Wuhan exceeds 40 °C (104 °F). The average annual temperature in Wuhan is 16.5 °C (61.7 °F), while the lowest average temperature appears in January and hits below 1 °C (33.8 °F). The highest average temperature usually occurs in July and August and is over 28 °C (82.4 °F). Annual rainfall in Wuhan is 1100 mm (43.4 inches), and most of the rainy days are in the summer.


There are four types of scholarships:

  • Chinese Government Scholarship
  • Confucius Institute Scholarship
  • ZUEL Overseas Student Scholarship
  • ZUEL Alumni Scholarship


Beautiful and spacious, ZUEL campuses are decorated with lakes, trees, grass, and flowers. The campus of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law covers an area of over 210 hectares and has a combined floor space of 800,000 square meters. ZUEL is composed of two campuses. The Nanhu campus is located at the bank of picturesque Nanhu lake, another lies at the foot of historic site- Yellow Crane Tower.

Zhongnan University of Economics and Law campus map

Life on Campus

Students are able to have meals in any of the seven canteens with a campus ID card. If money deposit is needed, the service desks and ID card machines in every canteen are available within opening hours. Business hours are 6:00~9:00 for breakfast, 10:30~13:00 for lunch, and 16:30~19:00 for dinner. There are several canteens in the university. There are also five supermarkets on the campus.

The library is just located near the Wentai teaching building. Although most of the books are written in Chinese, there is a foreign literature reading room on the 5th floor.

There are many sports field on the campus ensuring students can play the basketball, football, volleyball or tennis. The volleyball court and the tennis court are located across the tenth canteen. The basketball court is in the old gymnasium. Both the new and the old gym have a football field. There are two gyms in our school. One is in the new gymnasium and another is in the Boweier Fitness Club which 20 meters east to the library.

List of Programs for International Students

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