Best Universities For International Relations And Diplomacy In China

Last Updated on December 24, 2022

School NameCityLevelTypeLocationAttribute
University of International Business and EconomicsBeijing211 ProjectFinance and EconomicsUrbanPublic
Beijing Language and Culture UniversityBeijingOrdinaryLanguageUrbanPublic
Beijing Foreign Studies University-International Business SchoolBeijing211 ProjectFinance and EconomicsUrbanPublic
Peking UniversityBeijing985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Tsinghua UniversityBeijing985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
China University of Petroleum – BeijingBeijing211 ProjectScience and EngineeringUrbanPublic
East China Normal UniversityShanghai985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Shanghai International Studies UniversityShanghai211 ProjectLanguageUrbanPublic
Nankai UniversityTianjin985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Zhengzhou UniversityZhengzhou211 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Shandong UniversityJinan985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Sichuan UniversityChengdu985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Fudan UniversityShanghai985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Jilin UniversityChangchun985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Wuhan UniversityWuhan985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Tongji UniversityShanghai985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Qingdao UniversityQingdaoOrdinaryComprehensiveSuburbPublic
University of Nottingham Ningbo ChinaNingboWorld-Class Research InstituteSino-foreign CooperativeUrbanSino-foreign Cooperative
Beijing Foreign Studies University – School of International Relations and DiplomacyBeijingOrdinaryLanguageUrbanPublic
Xiamen UniversityXiamen985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Ocean University of ChinaQingdao985 ProjectComprehensiveSuburbPublic
Renmin University of ChinaBeijing985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
China University of Political Science and LawBeijing211 ProjectPolitics and LawSuburbPublic
Tianjin University of Finance and EconomicsTianjinOrdinaryFinance and EconomicsSuburbPublic
Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghai985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Guangxi Normal UniversityGuilinOrdinaryScience and EngineeringUrbanPublic
Yunnan UniversityKunming211 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Capital Normal UniversityBeijingOrdinaryComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Central China Normal UniversityWuhan211 ProjectNormalUrbanPublic
Liaoning UniversityShenyang211 ProjectComprehensiveSuburbPublic
Northeast Normal UniversityChangchun211 ProjectNormalUrbanPublic
Zhejiang UniversityHangzhou985 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic
Northwest UniversityXi’an211 ProjectComprehensiveUrbanPublic

Top 10 University in China of International Relations

University of International Business and Economics: UIBE, which has been called the “Oriental Harvard” and widely recognized as one of the best universities on economics and finance, is one of the important stations for talents’ training and scientific research on Chinese economic and business development.

Wuhan University: Wuhan University is a key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. It was selected by both Project 985 and Project 211 as a major receiver of state findings. And Wuhan University is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful universities in the world.

 Central China Normal University: CCNU is a key normal university directly administered by PRC Ministry of Education. It is a comprehensive and prestigious university on the list of “211 National Project”. A hundred years of vicissitudes and hard work fostered this celebrated university. The predecessor of CCNU is the combination of Huazhong University, Zhonghua University and the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University, with Huazhong University as the main part.

 China Business Studies: Founded in Yan’an in 1941, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is China’s first institution specializing in foreign language studies. BFSU is one of the key universities directly affiliated with the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China. Excellence in foreign language teaching has allowed BFSU to enjoy a good reputation for quality programs boasting rapid development in teaching and research activities.

Shandong University: Shandong University is one of the oldest and prestigious universities in China. Shandong University was founded in 1901 and is the second national university established soon after Jingshi University (the Metropolitan University) in the country. Recently, the Ministry of Education approved the university as a “national key comprehensive university”. In 2001, it was listed among the 211 national key construction first-class universities by the Ministry of Education. Situated in Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province, Shandong University covers an area of 3.849 square kilometers.

Jilin University: Jilin University is a leading national university under the direct jurisdiction of China’s Ministry of Education. Located in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province in Northeastern China, the University has eight campuses in five districts which are home to thirty-nine colleges covering eleven academic disciplines, including philosophy, economics, law, literature, education, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, and management.

China Foreign Affairs University: China Foreign Affairs University, the only institution of higher learning under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R.China, aims to train professional personnel in Foreign Service, international studies as well as in the careers related to international business and law. 

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) is one of the prestigious universities in China which specializes in international studies and one of the key institutions of higher learning in Guangdong Province in South China. The University was established in June 1995 through the merger of Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages and Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Trade. The former, one of three institutes of foreign languages in that era (the other two being Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages) under the direct jurisdiction of the State Education Commission (presently Ministry of Education), witnessed its establishment in the year 1965.

Hunan Normal University: Hunan Normal University, founded in 1938, is located in Changsha, a famous city with great historical and cultural interests. As an academic institution of higher education with a full range of disciplines, the University has become a national “211 Project” university–one of the country’s 100 key universities in the 21st century that enjoy priority in obtaining national funds.

Central South University: Central South University (CSU) is a comprehensive and national key university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education in China. CSU was established in April, 2000 on the basis of the amalgamation of the three former individual universities, namely Central South University of Technology, Hunan Medical University and Changsha Railway University. CSU is situated in Changsha, Hunan. Gao Wenbing is secretary of the Communist Party of China’s CSU Committee, and Prof.Huang Baiyun, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, is president of CSU. 

China Foreign Affairs University

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Department of Diplomacy

The Department of Diplomacy is in charge of teaching undergraduates, master’s degree students, and doctoral students. It has a staff of 30, including 7 professors, 12 associate professors and 6 lecturers. The department also invites many senior diplomats and scholars from famous universities as part-time professors. It has five sub-sections — Diplomatic Studies, Chinese Foreign Relations, Political Science and Public Management, Public Diplomacy, and Consular Studies. The department undertakes the teaching and management of the Professional Training Course for new recruiting diplomats of the Foreign Ministry. It also holds in-service professional courses for officials from foreign affairs offices of the provincial and the municipal level governments, and runs training courses for teachers at U.S. universities.

Department of English and International Studies

The DEIS offers a range of English courses for English majors and non-English majors and is also dedicated to academic research in translation, interpreting, linguistics, English literature, and international studies. The department confers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It produces high-quality English graduates and postgraduates with interdisciplinary knowledge, professional competence and research capability to work for China’s foreign services, the economic and trade sector, the legal and educational fields. The DEIS also educates international students and trainees in collaboration with other departments.

The DEIS has four specialized teaching and research sections—language and literature, translation and interpreting, American studies, and international studies. It also has two research centers and one resources center: the Center for American Social and Cultural Studies, the Center for Translation and Interpreting Studies and China Resources Center for Translation Studies. The dean of the department is Prof. Yi Shi.

The DEIS has around 50 faculty and staff members who comprise an interdisciplinary team of teachers of different ages and varied academic backgrounds. The teachers have either graduated from renowned Chinese universities or foreign universities, and most of them have experience of postgraduate study or working abroad. They perform a remarkable job thanks to their mastery of English, excellent academic backgrounds, broad global vision and rich teaching experience.

With its distinctive specialties, the DEIS also engenders a competitive spirit in its cultivation of talent. Each year, English majors at CFAU always achieve high grades, and high pass rates, in TEM-4 and TEM-8 for their excellent command of the language. Their average scores far exceed those of students from other foreign language universities.

The DEIS boasts a distinct cultivation of translation talents, including undergraduates, graduates and part-time learners. The DEIS makes it a priority to help students lay a solid foundation in English, expand their scope of knowledge, enhance their humanistic quality, improve their translation expertise, and strengthen their translation techniques. This effort has paid off. The DEIS has a Beijing Pilot Zone for the innovation and cultivation of translation talents to work in Chinese foreign services. In recent years, many DEIS graduates have been recruited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other central ministries. Some graduates have become senior translators and interpreters for state leaders, and their excellent performance is recognized and appreciated by their employers.

Bachelor programs

English Program

The English Major Program is rated as a Model Program of Beijing City, Key Discipline of Beijing City and Model National Program. It aims to foster interdisciplinary talents with the competence to serve China’s foreign services and other international organizations, the capability to carry out academic research, and to work as translators and interpreters. The annual intake of English majors is 42, equally divided into two classes.

Courses for English majors are organized into four modules: language knowledge and skills, Western cultures and civilizations, extension to foreign studies related disciplines, and China studies.

Translation Program

The translation teaching group of the DEIS has earned the titles of Excellent Beijing City Teaching Team of Teachers of Translation for the Foreign Service and Excellent National Teaching Team of Teachers of Translation for the Foreign Service. It has considerable experience of cultivating high-quality translation talents with high ethical standards, mental dexterity, extensive knowledge, language expertise in both English and Chinese, and excellent mastery of the theories and skills of interpretation and translation. The group focuses on educating and cultivating interdisciplinary translators and interpreters qualified to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other central ministries as well as major international conferences. The annual intake of translation majors is 42, and they are divided into two classes; one has been designated since September 2016 as the ‘Class for Diplomatic Translation and Interpreting’.

Courses for translation majors are organized into four modules: language knowledge and skills, translation theories and practice, extension to foreign studies related disciplines, and the practice of diplomacy and foreign affairs.

Graduate Programs

Ph.D. Program

CFAU attaches great importance to interdisciplinary research and study in line with its specialties. This development strategy has opened up the new research field of international political linguistics that applies an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international politics from this perspective. Research in this area confers a doctoral degree in political science.

The annual intake for the program is two students. The main courses include theories on international relations, studies of international relations and language, research methodology, and studies of Western culture and philosophy.

Master’s Programs

Established in 1980, the master’s program of the DEIS now confers the degrees of Master of Arts in Translation Theory and Practice for students of foreign linguistics and applied linguistics; Master of Arts in American Studies for students of English language and literature; and Master of Translation and Interpreting with a focus on English interpreting.

The Translation Theory and Practice Program and American Studies Program both have an annual intake of 12 students. These programs take three years to complete. In the first two years, students attend courses as required and work on their master’s thesis in the final year. The Translation and Interpretating Program admits around 45 students annually, and lasts for two years. Students attend courses in the first three semesters and finish writing their master’s thesis by the end of the third semester. In the final semester, they take professional internship.

The main courses for students in the Translation Theory and Practice Program include advanced interpreting (on diplomacy, culture, economy and trade); advanced translation from English to Chinese; advanced translation from Chinese to English; literary translation and criticism; methodology in translation studies; simultaneous interpretation; intertextuality and translation studies; Chinese classics translation; general linguistics; discourse analysis; English and American literature; and Western literary theories.

The main courses for students in the American Studies Program include advanced interpreting (on diplomacy, culture, economy and trade); advanced translation from English to Chinese; advanced translation from Chinese to English; simultaneous interpretation practices; U.S. foreign policy; U.S. history; U.S. politics; racial and ethnic studies of the United States; theory and practice of international relations; law and diplomacy.

The main courses for students in the Translation and Interpreting Program include introduction to translation studies; translation of essays on international current affairs; consecutive interpreting; advanced interpreting (on diplomacy, culture, economy and trade); advanced sight interpreting; simultaneous interpreting practices; listening and interpreting; interpreting workshops; simulated conference interpreting; comparative studies of Chinese and Western Culture; discussions on China’s national affairs; Chinese language and culture; and international politics and economics.

Academic Research

The faculty of the DEIS are mostly engaged in studies of linguistics, literature, translation, American studies and international relations, etc. In recent years, by adhering to the principle of strengthening the mutual support between teaching and research, the DEIS has achieved considerable progress in the publication of monographs and books, translated monographs, textbooks, dictionaries, and numerous papers in major academic journals.

The DEIS has three research centers—Center for American Social and Cultural Studies, CFAU Center for Translation and Interpreting Studies and China Resources Center for Translation Studies.

Center for American Social and Cultural Studies

Under the auspices of CFAU and the DEIS, this center has gathered together an outstanding group of scholars in American social and cultural studies. Most of them have at least two years of systematic learning, studying or working in renowned American universities. This  experience has laid solid foundations for their engagement in American social and cultural studies. The center attaches great importance to research and the investigation of major issues affecting American society and culture. American history, ethnicity, religion, and ethnic literatures are key research areas.

The center constantly organizes multi-level academic activities. Experts and scholars from home and abroad, who specialize in American social and cultural studies, are frequently invited to take part in academic exchanges. The center has opened up a number of courses to CFAU students such as themes and topics in American history, multicultural American literature, racial and ethnic studies of the United States, U.S. government and politics, U.S. foreign policy, introduction to Great Britain and the United States, and U.S. law and diplomacy.

CFAU Center for Translation and Interpreting Studies

CFAU Center for Translation and Interpreting Studies offers a platform for translation researchers and practitioners to exchange their ideas about the development of translation studies as an independent discipline. It offers a valuable resource for the cultivation of professional translators and interpreters, and the development of translation as an industry.

China Resources Center for Translation Studies

China Resources Center for Translation Studies is a center for national translation studies and was set up in October 2005 at CFAU by the Translators Association of China. It has a large collection of books on translation theories, teaching materials and history as well as the latest translated works in China. This resource provides abundant reference material for translation researchers across the country. Together with CFAU Center for Translation and Interpreting Studies, China Resources Center for Translation Studies facilitates the exchange of the latest information relating to translation and interpretation. Such an exchange enhances communication among professionals in this field to better promote translation teaching and to contribute to the improvement of translation theories, practices and teaching in China.

International Exchanges

The faculty in the DEIS, with their interdisciplinary background and global vision, actively take part in international exchanges. Nearly all the teachers have experience of studying or working abroad. Some have pursued a degree or done research as a visiting scholar at leading universities in the U.K., the U.S., and other countries. Some have experience of working in Chinese embassies and consulates. The DEIS also invites foreign experts to CFAU to give lectures to students and teachers.

Students of the DEIS have a high proficiency in English and broad international horizons. The department not only provides various courses on international studies for its students, but also encourages them to apply for international exchange programs. The DEIS has regular exchange programs with many universities such as Columbia University, University of Connecticut, Presbyterian College, University of Kent, University of Leeds, University of Ottawa and Hong Kong Baptist University. As many as 20 students, both undergraduates and postgraduates, are selected for these programs on the basis of an annual evaluation. The DEIS also receives international students for undergraduate studies in English or Translation.

About Students

Students have to obtain high scores in the competitive National Higher Education Entrance Examination, known as the gaokao, in order to stand a chance of being admitted to the DEIS at CFAU. During their study at the university, students try to practice what they have learned, work hard to improve themselves and accomplish great achievements. DEIS students have always won awards for their excellent performances in national English speech contests, English debate contests, translation and interpreting contests, and many others. They are actively involved in various social projects. They also volunteer at diplomatic occasions and major international conferences such as the World Economic Forum, the China Development Forum, the APEC Leadership Summit, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, where they display excellence and professionalism. This kind of experience greatly improves their capability to communicate in English, to organize and coordinate at major big events, and follow protocols.

The majority of English graduates find employment with state bodies, media organizations, public institutions, financial institutions and enterprises. The performance of graduates in the work environment is such that they are popular recruits with government bodies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National People’s Congress, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, the Ministry of Commerce, Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, KPMG and PWC. Quite a few students also choose to pursue postgraduate study. Some opt for renowned national universities such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, China Foreign Affairs University, Renmin University of China, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Other students choose to study in countries and regions such as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, attending leading universities such as Harvard University, Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Cambridge, The University of Manchester, Australian National University and The University of Hong Kong. Of the students continuing their education, four out of ten study abroad.

Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies

Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies (DFLIS) aims to serve China’s diplomatic cause. To fulfill this mission, we strive for leadership in teaching and research to make DFLIS a beacon of excellence in higher education. We strive to build a community of undergraduates and graduates that is patriotic, knowledgeable, professional, highly qualified, interdisciplinary, and proficient in foreign languages.

We offer three specialties to undergraduate students, namely, French, Japanese and Spanish. Postgraduate programs are provided for French majors and Japanese majors.

French major was first offered in 1955. One year later, Japanese and Spanish majors were offered. Japanese and Spanish were suspended for many years until they were offered again in 1994 and 2014 respectively.

Currently, there are more than 220 undergraduates and 50 postgraduates in the department. Besides, we provide teaching and research for other departments in CFAU.

Department of International Law

The Department of International Law at China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) was established in 1995. It succeeded the International Law Institute which was founded in 1955.

CFAU was one of the first universities that offered courses on international law and has enrolled international law students since 1977. The department confers Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Master of Laws (LL.M) and Juris Master (J.M.) degrees. It also awards doctoral degree in Foreign Affairs Law in conjunction with the Foreign Affairs Department, and in International Politics and International Law in conjunction with the Institute of International Relations.

In 2012, the department was identified by the Politics and Law Committee and the Ministry of Education as one of the First Outstanding Foreign-related Legal Talent Education and Training Bases and one of the Development Bases for the Practice of Legal Education.

Compared with other law schools, the department possesses an excellent resource advantage in respect of international law teaching, research and practice. CFAU is under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This institutional advantage gives teachers and students the opportunity to participate in the practice of diplomacy and foreign affairs as well as access to first-hand international law information. It also creates favorable conditions for graduates to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other departments involved with foreign legal affairs. The Secretariat of the Chinese Society of International Law is located in the department, providing teachers and students with a first-class platform for international law research, communication and study in China. 

School of International Economics

Established in 1998, the Department of International Economics grew into the School of International Economics (SIE) in 2007, the first school in CFAU. Currently, the SIE has two departments (the Department of International Economics and Trade, and the Department of International Finance) and two research centers (China Economic Diplomacy Research Center, and International Finance Research Center). The SIE enrolls independently 4-year undergraduates with majors of International Economics and Trade, and Finance, as well as 2-year graduates of World Economy with three focuses (i.e., International Finance, International Trade & Investment, and China’s External Economic Relations & Economic Diplomacy). In addition, the SIE jointly trains graduates of International Relations studying international economic relations, as well as PhD candidates on International Political Economics, with the Institute of International Relations, CFAU.

Graduate School

CFAU’s Graduate School was set up in 1979, earlier than those at most other Chinese universities. It offered only  master’s degrees in 1979 then doctoral degrees in 1984 to become one of the first Chinese universities authorized to offer master’s and doctoral Degrees in international relations and diplomacy. During the past 30 years, CFAU has established a distinct and well-balanced education system, with international relations and diplomacy as leading disciplines, and foreign languages, international law and international economics as key disciplines. CFAU has achieved tremendous progress in developing key disciplines, training personnel and promoting student employment. By August 2016, the total number of enrollments reached 3,493 — 262 doctoral students and 3,231 graduate students. CFAU has 18 supervisors for doctoral students and 114 supervisors for master’s students.

Institute of International Relations

The Institute of International Relations (IIR) of China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) is one of the earliest research and teaching institutes on international studies in China. Its predecessor was the Section of International Relations History of Renmin University of China which was founded in 1950. When CFAU was founded in 1955, the Section of International Relations History shifted to be a part of CFAU. It was then renamed as the Institute of International Relations in 1984.

Since  the beginning, IIR has concentrated its research on international relations history, theory and policy analysis. IIR set up an MA program in International Relations History in 1981 and a PhD program in International Relations in 1984. By now, IIR has one post-doctoral program in International Relations, two PhD programs in International Relations and International Politics, one MA program in International Relations, and one MPA program. The MA program has several concentrations , including Contemporary International Relations, Contemporary American Diplomacy, Russian Diplomacy, Asia-Pacific Studies, Middle East Studies, and International Economic Relations. The International Studies discipline became the Beijing priority major  in 2002 and a national priority major  in 2011. Some of the professors at IIR also are also the directors of some research centers of CFAU, including the International Security Research Center, European Union Studies Center, RusU.Ssian Studies Center, American Studies Center, Middle-East Research Center, BRICS Research Center and National Soft Power Research Center, etc..

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