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1. A Brief Introduction

Founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educator Zhang Boling and Yan Xiu, Nankai University, located in Tianjin, is a key multidisciplinary and research-oriented university directly administered by the Ministry of Education. In 2017, the university was selected to be on the list of 42 universities and colleges that would participate in the country’s “Double First-Class” Initiative (the construction plan of world-class universities and world-class disciplines). Taking “Dedication to Public Interests, Acquisition of All-round Capability, Aspiration for Progress with Each Passing Day” as the school motto, Nankai University has cultivated a large number of outstanding talents including the founding Premier of the People’s Republic of China Zhou Enlai, the famous mathematician Chern Shining-Shen, the physicist Wu Ta-You, and the playwright Cao Yu.

In the past 100 years, Nankai University has gradually constructed an operating pattern of “a university with three campuses” and featured a balance between the humanities and the sciences, a solid foundation, and a combination of practicality and creativity. Currently, the university occupies an area of 3,750,000 m2. The university has 26 academic colleges, with disciplines covering literature, social science, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, art, etc.

Nankai University is equipped with a strong world-class faculty. Among the 2,082 faculty members, 812are professors and 834 are associate professors, including 20 members of the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Third World Academy of Science. Currently, the university has a total enrollment of more than 28,000 students, including 16,000 undergraduates and 12,000 masters and doctoral students. In recent years, Nankai University’s international influence and international education levels have been increasing. There are now more than 400 full-time and part-time foreign experts, and more than 2,100 international students from 95 countries pursuing long-term study at Nankai.


2. Eligibility

(1) Applicants must be healthy, non-Chinese citizens and foreign passport holders, with no criminal record in China.

Master’s degree applicants must have a bachelor's degree


3. Application Date

December 1st, 2019 — March 31st, 2020 (Scholarship available)

April 1st, 2020 — May 15th, 2020 (Self-support)


4. Length of Study


2-3 years (Students can apply for an extension of no more than 1 year if they meet the requirements of the university.)


5. Majors

(1) Master's majors: Please visit the following link for specific information.

(2) English-taught programs

a. Nankai University - University of Glasgow Joint Graduate School Program

Please visit the following link for specific information.

b. Software Engineering Foreign Aid Project

Please visit the following link for specific information.


6. Application Process and Required Materials

(1) Please register at the website:, and complete the online application. Please choose Self-sponsored (Other colleges);

(2) Upload scanned documents of relevant materials as required;

(3) Submit the application form and pay the registration fee (please find the details of payment below in Item 9);

(4) Regularly check your email for personal application updates in case any changes or supplements of your materials are required.


7. Scholarships

Nankai University will directly consider the applicants’ admission application materials, education background, school performance, and special abilities as the basis for scholarship selection. As for “Tianjin Government Scholarship” and “Study-at-Nankai Scholarship”, applicants do not need to apply again.


(1) Chinese Government Scholarship

Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition fee and on-campus accommodation fee; provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance and a living allowance (CNY 3000/month for master students and CNY 3500/month for doctoral students).


(2) Confucius Institute Scholarship (Master’s available)

Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition fee and on-campus accommodation fee; provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance and a living allowance (CNY 3000 monthly).


(3) Tianjin Government Scholarship

Scholarship Value:

Full Scholarship: CNY 58,000/student/year (Doctorate); CNY38,000/student/year (Master’s)

Partial Scholarship: CNY47,800/student/year (Doctorate); CNY30,000/student/year (Master’s)


(4) Study-at-Nankai Scholarship

Scholarship Value:

Full Scholarship: CNY 18,000/student/year

Partial Scholarship: CNY 10,000/student/year


a. Applicants for Chinese Government Scholarship should log in to the website,

complete the application, and submit it;

b. Applicants for the Confucius Institute Scholarship should log in to “The Confucius Institute Scholarship Online Application System” at, complete the application, and submit it (specific scholarship policies are subject to the Confucius Institute Admissions Brochure).


8. Assessment and Admission

After the evaluation of applicants’ application materials, the college and schools will decide whether to add examination or interview based on the applicants’ education backgrounds and application majors applied for. Please pay attention to further updates for specific assessment methods, contents, or dates.

Admission results will be announced on the official website of the International Academic Exchanges of Nankai University.


9. Payment Standards and Methods

(1) Application fee: CNY 600 or USD 100 (bank wire transfer is accepted, please findNankai University Bank Account.pdf

(2) Tuition fee(On-site payment):

a. Chinese-taught programs

Master’s Degree


(two-year programs)

CNY 30,000 yearly

(three-year programs)

CNY 26,000 yearly


CNY 30,000 yearly


CNY 40,000 yearly

Doctoral Degree


CNY 30,000 yearly


CNY 39,000 yearly


CNY 50,000 yearly

b. English-taught programs: CNY 50,000 yearly

Note: The information above is for reference only. Actual fees will be by the tuition standards at the time of admission.

(3) Place of Payment

Please submit the fee to the Nankai University Registry (the ground floor of the Nankai University Student Activity Center). Making a payment on behalf of someone else is allowed.

(4) Medical insurance fee: CNY 1000 per student per year

According to the regulations of the Ministry of Education of P. R. China, international students must purchase comprehensive medical insurance for foreign students while they are studying in China. The university will cover the insurance for Chinese Government Scholarship recipients, Confucius Institute Scholarship recipients, and Confucius China Studies Program Scholarship recipients. Other international students are required to purchase insurance before registration (International Students Insurance:


10. Accommodation

(1) On-campus accommodation

Nankai University provides accommodation with individual lavatories and room cleaning services On-campus accommodation is limited—first-come, first-serve.


(2) Off-campus accommodation

The University Cooperative Housing Apartment: Longfor Goyo Apartment. Please find more details at the website:


(3) Accommodation Fee

CNY 1200/student/month — CNY 2200/student/month


11. Contact Information

International Students Office, International Academic Exchange Office of Nankai University

Balai Campus Address: Room A101, Aichi Hall, 94 Weijin Road, Tianjin, P. R. China. Postal code:300071.

Jinnan Campus Address: Room 503, Expert’s Apartment, 38 Tongyan Road, Haihe River Education Area, Tianjin, P. R. China. Postal code: 300350



Note: Any possible change in the above content is subject to the final interpretation of the International Academic Exchange Office of Nankai University. Please pay attention to further updates on the official website.


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