The BA English Studies programme is for those interested in studying English as a subject matter in its own right. Students in the programme will become knowledgeable of the many ways in which English, and languages are used around the world today.

English Studies


BA English Studies is the ideal undergraduate programme for students who want to study linguistics, literature, and translation in an international context.

The programme is suitable for students who are interested in the English language. Students will learn many aspects where English is used as an international language. In addition an intellectually stimulating environment, the programme also provides many opportunities for you to apply theory to practice.

Students will acquire a range of skills, including language teaching, translating, interpreting and editing. Students will also develop many transferable skills, including effective problem-solving in the workplace.

Why should I study English Studies at XJTLU?

  • Become an effective communicator in an international setting
  • Learn in an international environment, where you can apply what you’ve learned in class every day
  • Prepare for further study by obtaining an undergraduate degree
  • Choose to study in Suzhou for four years, or transfer to the University of Liverpool 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

Knowledge and skills

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

  • the skills to approach the study of English language and literature
  • the ability to analyse different types of texts in English
  • professional skills in translation and interpreting
  • an awareness of English as an international language
  • proficiency in English speaking and writing

The BA English Studies programme draws strengths from three disciplines: linguistics, literature, and translation and interpreting. Our undergraduates are trained to become interdisciplinary, creative, and critical thinkers.

Jonathan Ford

Programme director


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University offers a wide range of courses in the first year, including English for academic purposes (EAP), mathematics and physics, and humanities and social sciences. Click to learn more.

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 English Studies, China


This programme prepares you for postgraduate studies in a wide range of subjects and employment in language-rated fields and beyond. Previous graduates have received offers from leading universities in the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Australia, Japan and so on. Further research areas include English Language Teaching, Speech Pathology, Translation and Interpreting, Applied Linguistics, Asian Studies, and Literature.

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