Diploma in China Studies

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Whether this is your first experience in higher education or you are considering furthering your knowledge of China, XJTLU’s Diploma in China Studies offers a great opportunity to develop your professional skills and experience first-hand what China has to offer. This is an XJTLU accredited Diploma.

The Diploma in China Studies is an ideal fit for:

Gap Year Students

This is an opportunity for students aged 18 and above who have completed their high school studies and are looking for an academically rigorous and exciting gap year experience. Having completed the Diploma in China Studies is a great advantage for students looking to bolster their university application, and the study experience at XJTLU will also better prepare you for your future university life. Throughout the course the students will benefit from rigorous academic training and also gain essential life skills from living abroad.

Current Undergraduate Students

Students from other universities in any discipline, but particularly in the humanities and social sciences as well as in China Studies, are welcome to come and spend a semester or year of China study at XJTLU in the Department. Those students enrolling for the full year typically take four modules in each semester, at the direction of their home university, of which at least one will normally be a Chinese language module and three will be China studies. The eight modules over the academic year lead to the XJTLU Diploma in China Studies, awarded at the successful completion of the study year.

Current undergraduate students on the programme can credit their XJTLU China Studies study back to their home university degree programme (with the permission of their home university) though those who enrol for a year of study at XJTLU will also be eligible to receive the XJTLU Diploma of China Studies.

Postgraduate Conversion Course Students

Students who have completed their undergraduate course in university, regardless of discipline and subject, are also welcome to apply to undertake the Diploma in China Studies either as a conversion course to social sciences and China Studies, or for academic enrichment. Those students who have completed a STEM degree can use the Diploma study to broaden their horizons and add to their academic portfolio, as well as using it as a conversion course for further postgraduate studies in a social science related degree. For those who have completed relevant humanities/social science/marketing and business degrees will find the Diploma in China Studies useful in offering them a critical perspective of China and the role it plays in the modern world. Having the Diploma is also a great asset in postgraduate study applications, and experience living and studying in China will greatly boost employability in an increasingly globalised market for any university background or occupation.

Chinese language modules are open to all students as part of the Diploma in China Studies. You can take modules suited to your level of Chinese language ability, ranging from complete beginner to advanced learner.

Teaching at XJTLU is in English.

Student Work

An example of one of our previous visiting students' work:

Found in Translation: Poetry and words (Shreya Patel)

About Suzhou

​Suzhou is the historic heartland of the Lower Yangtze Delta. Established in 514 BCE it is famous for its gardens, its canal system, its silk industry, and its bridges. Suzhou is probably the city most Chinese think of when they think of the concept of a city because it has been so written about in poetry and prose. The old city of Suzhou, surrounded by a moat, is now a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. Suzhou Industrial Park is located to the east of the old city.


A list of available modules follows, but typically a student will select from the following modules for a year of study:

1. Chinese history
2. Chinese civilisation
3. Twentieth century China
4. Introduction to classical Chinese
5. Doing business in China
6. China: Society and development
7. Introduction to Chinese literature
8. China: Government and politics
9. Communications in China
10. Chinese language I
11. Chinese language II

Chinese language modules are open to all students as part of the Diploma in China Studies programme. Students take modules suited to their level of Chinese language ability, ranging from complete beginners to advanced learners.

How to apply

Students at universities anywhere in the world may, with the permission of their home university, enrol for a semester or a year of China Studies at XJTLU.

For programme enquiries, please contact the Programme Director Yu Song.

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it with supporting documents via email to [email protected].