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China Studies Program (CSP)
- General Information


    The China Studies Program (CSP) of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of China. During the two-year program design, overseas students will receive training on Chinese history and culture systematically and study the politics & governance, economy, foreign policy and society of China comprehensively. With the strong research background on foreign languages and cultures in SISU, students are offered the opportunity to deepen the understanding of China through comparative studies on Chinese and foreign cultures and counties. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a Master’s degree, as recognized by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Graduates from this program will be better prepared for many professional careers related to China as well as for further academic work.

    Degree Requirements

    The CSP is comprised of two components:


    Students must complete about 10 major-related courses. Intensive Chinese language course, public elective courses and internship are also required for graduation.
    Students must finish a dissertation of no less than 10000 words in English with an abstract in Chinese in no less than 1000 characters and successfully defend it to earn a Master of Law degree.

    Major-Related Courses:

    All the courses are taught in English, and divided into three divisions, including:
    Chinese history and culture:
    Introduction to China
    Generalization Overview of Chinese History*
    Introduction of Classical Works of Chinese Thinkers*
    Comparative Studies of Chinese and Foreign Cultures
    Languages and Cultures in Contemporary China
    Media and Public Opinion in Contemporary China
    Analysis of the Analects of Confucius*

    Chinese Economy and Society:
    China’s Economic*
    Social and Political Thoughts in Contemporary China
    Social Transformation and Trends in Contemporary China
    The Legal System of Contemporary China

    Chinese Politics and Diplomacy:
    The Strategy and Diplomacy of China*
    Political and Administrative Systems in Contemporary China
    Regional Security and Politics in the Asia-Pacific
    Chinese Diplomacy Practice Series Cathedra*
    Courses with * symbol are compulsory. Students are required to finish about 5 – 7 other courses related in the 3 divisions.


    2 academic years


    Downtown Campus (Hongkou), Shanghai


    Tuition Fee
    Master RMB 26,000 pre year
    RMB 52,000 in total (About $ 9,535)
    Accommodation Fee
    SISU Guesthouse
    Double Room RMB 75 to RMB 95
    Single Room RMB 130 to RMB 165
    SISU Hotel
    Double Room RMB 75 to RMB 80
    Single Room RMB 120 to RMB 130
    Foreign Experts’ Building
    Double Room RMB 60
    Single Room RMB 100
    Jinjiang Inn (Hongkou Football Stadium)
    Double Room RMB 85
    Single Room RMB 160
    International Students Dormitory
    Double Room RMB 50
    Single Room RMB 100
    Other Fees
    Application Fee RMB 450 to RMB 810
    Service Fee USD 50
    Living Expense RMB 2,400 to RMB 3,000
- How Much Scholarship Cover
Admission Only
- You Need Pay After Got Scholarship (RMB)
  • Tuition:  26,000 / Year
  • Accommodation: 750 to 1200 RMB per month
  • Living Expense: 600 to 3000 RMB per month
- Requirement

Applicants shall be Non-Chinese citizens with reliable financial support and custody who are university graduates with bachelor’s degree and in good health.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must have a good command of English, with one of the following: TOEFL IBT (internet based) test result of at least 80 points, TOEFL (computer based) test result of at least 213 points, TOEFL (paper based) test result of at least 550 points, or IELTS test result of at least 6.0. This requirement does not apply to an applicant who has studied for at least two years at, or received a degree from an English speaking high school, college, or university.

Applicants with IELTS between 4.5 and 6.0 or equivalent may be admitted conditionally. Conditional students will be required to pass an Entrance Examination in English.

- Application Documents

1. Application Form

Please upload your finished application form here.

2. 4 passport photos (in size of 5cm * 4cm)

3. Photocopy of valid passport

4. Diploma

Diploma in original or notarized copy in English or Chinese.

5. Academic record

Academic record in original or notarized copy in English or Chinese.

6. Personal statement

About 1000 words, written in Chinese or in the language which meets the academic requirement of the program, including study and work experiences, research results and study plan.

7. Research abilities

The index and abstract of published papers and any other materials to certify your research abilities.

8. Two original recommendation letters

From a professor or associate professor in English or Chinese.

9. Photocopy of HSK certificate or Chinese proficiency certification

10. English proficiency test certificate

9) TOEFL / IELTS certificate or certification from the institution awarding your most recent degree confirming the language of instruction is English.

  • Step 1: Click "Apply Now" button below and pay scholarship service fee.

  • Step 2: Wait for the payment confirmation, then provide documents guidance. (including the application form)

  • Step 3: Submit documents and wait for result and admission documents (including admission letter, visa letter)
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