UK undergraduate degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme at XJTLU. Most students, however, enter into Year One.
Year One provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree. You will be grouped into subject-specific clusters and study optional modules and content relevant to that cluster. The types of optional modules you can choose (depending on your cluster) include:
- Professional Skills in Computer Science
- Chemistry Around Us
- Introduction to Social Science
- International Relations
- China and the World
- Thinking Shakespeare
- Business Essentials
- Architectural Representation and Communication
- Imagining the City
- Key Skills for Life Scientists
Students who need to rapidly improve their English will take the intensive English pathway. All international students take intensive Mandarin modules, giving you a head start in a language invaluable to your future career, while all students may also choose to study Spanish as an optional module. Additionally, undergraduate students from Mainland China study a compulsory course of general social science modules delivered by our Chinese Cultural Teaching Centre.
English for Academic Purposes
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is not just about learning English. EAP classes, delivered by the Language Centre at XJTLU, are subject-focussed, meaning you learn the vocabulary and academic skills that will help you when studying in your chosen discipline. Whatever you study, there will be an EAP class available to suit your needs.
EAP classes in both Year One and Year Two use a mix of authentic texts and lectures, combined with student-centred activities, discussion-based classes and tutorials. The skills and content covered will help you to feel more comfortable and competent studying and working in the field that you have chosen. Furthermore, EAP tutors work closely with departments to make sure the content of your class is current, engaging, thought-provoking and relevant.
Mathematics and physics
Mathematics and physics teaching for Year One students is delivered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Teaching combines the traditional Chinese systematic method of teaching, with the active learning-orientated approach typical of British universities to give you a solid foundation in mathematics that you can apply throughout the course of your degree programme and subsequent career.
Special lectures on mathematics are held regularly, giving you the opportunity to widen your knowledge, while purpose-designed teaching models, and a personal tutorial system, are used for students with different needs and requirements. Additionally, a variety of channels exist to increase your interest in mathematics and physics, including student societies such as the Mathematics and Science clubs.