Nankai University is a key comprehensive university directly affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, and is the Alma Mater of the esteemed Premier of P.R. China, Zhou Enlai, who is a world-famous politician, diplomatist. Nankai University was founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educators, Dr. Zhang Boling and Yan Xiu. Nankai university has 26 academic colleges, covering humanities, social sciences, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine and the arts. Nankai University offers 197 postgraduate majors to international students, 9 of which are instructed in English.
1. Application Requirements
A. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid foreigner’s passport.
Please note: According to the relevant regulations of Ministry of Education of the PRC, residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who have emigrated to other countries and are applying to Nankai University as international students must have held a valid foreigner’s passport or citizenship documents before April 30, 2018, along with proof of cancellation of Chinese nationality.
B. Applicants for a Master’s program must hold a Chinese undergraduate degree or an equivalent degree; those who are applying for a PhD program must hold a Chinese master degree or an equivalent degree.
C. Applicants for Chinese-taught programs should have reached HSK Level 5 with a score of no less than 210. Applicants for English-taught programs should have reached IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 85. Applicants who hold a degree from a university where classes are taught completely in English may submit a certificate provided by university certifying that classes are taught in English.
Please note: The particular language requirements of some individual programs are stipulated in the agreements of the programs in question.
D. Applicants must not have a criminal record and must abide by the laws of China, comply with the rules of Nankai University, and respect the customs of the Chinese people.
For more information about the Master’s and PhD programs available for international students on offer, please refer to “Listing of 2022 Nankai University Master’s Programs Available for International Students” and “Listing of 2022 Nankai University PhD Programs Available for International Students.”
3. Study Plan and Length of Study
Nankai University is only accepting those international students which are willing to be full-time students.
The basic length of study for the Master’s programs available to international students is 2 to 3 years. The maximum extension of the length of study for Master’s students in academic programs (including time spent studying abroad and time in which your studies are officially paused) is one year. For international students in professional programs the maximum extension of the length of study is set according to the “Nankai University Professional Master’s Programs Student Guidelines.”
The length of study for PhD programs is at least 4 years. The maximum extension available (including time spent studying abroad and time in which your studies are officially paused) can bring the total length of study to no more than 6 years.
Till 2021-May 31, 2022
(For scholarships, please refer to the Article 8 “Tuition and Scholarship Programs”)
5. Application Process, Materials, and Fee
I. Application Process
This is an online application. Register and fill out the relevant information on Nankai University’s International Student Service Platform, which can be found at the website: https://nankai.at0086.cn/StuApplication.
II. Application Materials
Please note: For items C, D. E, H, and I, please refer to Nankai University International Students Required Application Documents.docx .
A. Notarized diploma of the highest level of education obtained. Applicants expecting to graduate this academic year must submit an official document issued by their current school to prove their current student status and expected graduation date.
B. Complete academic transcripts of the highest level of education.
C. Personal Statement, including a study or research plan, financial situation, reasons for scholarship application, honors and awards, personal strengths, etc. (no less than 800 words).
D. Two letters of recommendation from professors or associate professors. The letters should be written in Chinese or English.
E. Acceptance Form of Supervisor by a Nankai University Professor (need only be submitted by those applying for a PhD)
F. Certification of Language Proficiency
G. Valid Passport (the passport must be valid until at least April 1, 2023)
H. Record of Physical Examination for Foreigners: can be filled out in Chinese or English. The requirements for testing must be rigorously adhered to as laid out in the form. The result must be issued after October 2021 in order to be valid.
I. Proof of Financial Security
Please note: the above materials should be in Chinese or English. If any documents are in a language other than Chinese or English, then a notarized translation into Chinese or English must be provided.
III. Application Fee
The application fee for each program is 600 RMB.
6. Assessment and Admission
The information in the application materials should be identical with those in the passport and the valid visa or residence permit used for application. After the evaluation of applicants’ application materials, academic colleges will decide whether to add an additional examination or interview based on the applicants educational backgrounds and majors applied for. Specific dates will be announced by the department of the major.
The applicants who pass the screening of application materials and the material evaluation will be admitted by Nankai University. The admission committee of the Nankai University will re-check the information and materials supplied by the applicant. If any sort of fraud, inconsistency, or violation of rules is discovered and verified, the applicant will be disqualified from admission. Admission results will be announced in the registration system or mailed to the applicant.
December 1 – March 31:
students applying for admission and scholarship submit online application and documents, first round of assessment
March 31 – April 15:
interviews with individual departments for students applying for admission and scholarship
April 1 – May 31:
self-support students applying for admission submit online application and documents, first round of assessment
April 30 – May 15:
scholarship results announced
June 1 – June 15:
interviews with individual departments for self-support students
July 1 – July 15:
results of application for self-support students announced
admission materials will be sent out
7. Registration and Arrival on Campus
I. The date for registration and arrival on campus will be in accordance with what is
issued on your Admission Notice as well as any announcements made by the School
of International Education.
II. Students who have been admitted must comply strictly with the date included on the Admission Notice and with the required registration process.
III. Students must supply their degree certificate and other required documents during registration. If any inconsistencies are discovered they will be grounds for disqualification.
IV. If students applying from outside of China are prevented from entering China because of COVID-19 prevention measures, colleges will provide online classes and set periods of online counseling. Specific details will be sent to the email of the admitted student.
8. Tuition and Scholarship Programs
The cost of tuition in indicated by the“Listing of 2022 Nankai University Master’s Programs Available for International Students” and the “Listing of 2022 Nankai University PhD Programs Available for International Students”.
II. Scholarship Programs
Nankai University offers the following scholarships for international students:
A. Chinese Government Scholarship
Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition fee, provision of accommodation fee, provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance, and a living allowance. Please click this link for more information: https://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn/#/login.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2022.
B. The Modern Sinology Scholarship
Scholarship value: Exemption from tuition fee, provision of accommodation fee, a research stipend, provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance, and a living allowance. (Register at the set time on the website: http://csp.chinese.cn/myDoip.)
Application Deadline: February 28, 2022.
C. International Chinese Language Teachers Scholarship
Scholarship value: Exemption from tuition fee, provision of accommodation fee, provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance, and a living allowance. (Register at the website to apply: http://cis.chinese.cn/account/login.)
Application Deadline: May 15, 2022.
D. International Confucian Association Scholarship
Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition fee, provision of accommodation fee, provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance, and a living allowance.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2022.
E. Tianjin Government Scholarship
Scholarship value: tuition allowance. Please note: this scholarship doesn’t need to be applied for independently. Students will be selected to win this scholarship once a year.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2022.
F. Study-at-NKU President Scholarship
Scholarship value: tuition allowance, accommodation allowance or living allowance.
Application Deadline: May 31, 2022.
The above information is provided as reference only. Scholarships will be administered according to guidelines set by the government and the university.
9. Medical Insurance
According to the regulations of Ministry of Education of P. R. China, international students must purchase comprehensive medical insurance for foreign students while they are studying in China. International students may purchase insurance the day of registration at the registration site. Uninsured students will not be registered. Information concerning insurance for international students can be found at the website: http://www.lxbx.net/.
The standard pricing of on-campus accommodation for international students is 1500 RMB/student/month to 3000 RMB/student/month. There are two options available. (New students must live on-campus for their first year.)
I. On-campus accommodation: On-campus accommodation is limited and is provided on a first come, first serve basis.
II. The University Cooperative Housing Apartment: Longfor Goyoo Apartments. Please refer to the following website for more details: http://apartment.nkucxcy.com.
11. Contact Information
I. For inquiries regarding application requirements, the application process, scholarships, etc. please contact：
School of International Education of Nankai University
Bailitai Campus address: Room 400, School of International Education, 94 Weijin Road, Tianjin, P.R. China (Postal Code: 300071)
Jinnan Campus Address：Room 202, School of International Education, 38 Tongyan Road, Haihe River Education Area, Tianjin, P.R. China (Postal Code: 300350)
Office of Graduation Student Admissions of Nankai University
Address：Room 303, The West Building of Nankai University Jinnan Campus, 38 Tongyan Road, Haihe River Education Area, Tianjin, P.R. China (Postal Code: 300350)
II. For queries on the application assessment standards of specific colleges or school, please click the website for more information: http://yzb.nankai.edu.cn/2557/list.htm.
Office of Graduate Student Admissions
School of International Education
December 7, 2021