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The BA Applied English is the ideal undergraduate degree programme for those wishing to major in linguistics, literature, and translation studies in an international context.

The programme is designed for those interested in studying English as a subject matter in its own right. You will learn about the many ways in which English, and more broadly, languages are used around the world today. In addition to being in a stimulating environment where you can develop your intellectual faculties, the programme also provides ample opportunity for you to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting. This is done, for instance, through the practice of translation and interpreting.

You will acquire a range of skills not only suitable for language teaching, translation and interpreting, and editing, but transferable in many settings across any sector that requires the ability to identify real-world problems in an innovative manner and effectively communicate solutions.

Why should I study Applied English at XJTLU?

  • Become a professional communicator in an international setting
  • Learn in a international environment, where every day you can put into practice your studies of language, linguistics, and translation
  • Prepare for further study by obtaining a versatile undergraduate qualification
  • Choose to study entirely in Suzhou, China, or transfer to the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in the final two years
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Qualification XJTLU BA English University of Liverpool BA Applied English More about qualifications

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA Applied English programme, you will have:

  • the skills to approach the study of English language and literature using a number of different techniques
  • the ability to use advanced approaches in the analysis of texts
  • professional skills in the practice of translation and interpreting
  • an advanced awareness of Anglophone, Chinese, and international perspectives on the use of language
  • high levels of proficiency in oral and written communication in English

BA Applied English draws on strengths from three academic disciplines: linguistics, literature, and translation and interpreting. Viewed as undergraduate researchers, our students are trained to think independently, interdisciplinarily, critically, and creatively.
Yuexi Liu
Programme director
The four years study is one of my best experiences in my life. I will always appreciate the training on my mode of thinking beyond the subject knowledge, which helps me construct my own value towards the world. I am also lucky to have all the thoughtful discussions with my academic mentors who guide me to be a junior researcher of Applied Linguistics.
Shijie Wang
Alumnus, BA Applied English, China


This programme prepares our students for postgraduate studies in a wide range of subjects and employment in language-rated fields and beyond. In addition to gaining employment, graduates from the programme have received offers to pursue further study in leading universities in China, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Fields of further study include English language teaching, speech pathology, translation and interpreting, applied linguistics, Asian studies, and literature.