Introduction to International Students Program of
Taiyuan Normal University
Taiyuan Normal University (TNU) is a full-time higher normal university which is mainly engaged in undergraduate teacher-training education and also has non- teacher-training and postgraduate education. It was merged by Teachers College of Shanxi University, Taiyuan Teachers College and The Shanxi Institute of Education in 2000.
TNU covers a land of 1,050,000 square meters with about 870,000 square meters of construction area. The library now has a stock of over 1,265,000 national and international printed books and 8,750,000 e-books, 171 databases of electronic resources. The university has more than 24,000 undergraduate students, 278 postgraduates and 3,000 adult students from 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions nationwide.
TNU comprises 20 colleges and faculties and 2 teaching departments, offering 60 different undergraduate majors and covering 9 disciplines of Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Science, Engineering, Management and Art, while the master degree program includes 3 first-grade discipline master programs in Geography, Chinese Language and Literature, Mathematics, and 3 professional master’s programs in Engineer (Computer Technology), Art and Education. TNU has about 1443 faculty members and working staff with 848 full-time teachers among them, including 110 professors, 296 associate professors and 146 doctors.
TNU at present has established friendly cooperative relations with more than 10 universities at home and abroad, and has signed cooperative agreements with the State University of New York at Albany, Northern Michigan University, Fisk University in America, Aston University in UK, Brandon University in Canada, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in Germany, the University of Adelaide in Australia. The university has also sent students for exchange and study for several consecutive years at the following universities: State University of New York at Albany and State University of New York at Purchase in America, Accademia di belle arti DI FOGGIA, University of Florence, Florence National Academy of Fine Arts in Italy, Selkirk College in Canada. TNU also invites famous experts and scholars to come to give lectures, and sends excellent teachers to famous domestic and international universities and institutions for study and academic exchanges.
We warmly welcome international students to come to study at Taiyuan Normal University, and sincerely hope to enforce the friendly cooperation and exchanges with foreign universities and institutions.
Programs for International Students
International students have the following options of study on both degree and non-degree programs at Taiyuan Normal University. Degree programs include Bachelaor Program, Dual-degree Program and Master Program. Non-degree programs include Chinese Language Program, Visiting Student Program, Research Scholar Program and Short-term Program.
Majors for International Students
Majors for International Students
Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese Calligraphy, Education, Music, Economics, Cartoon, Chinese-English Translation, Chinese Martial Arts, Biology Technology, Information and Computer Mathematics, Computer Science and Technology, etc.
All the related majors of Bachelor degrees；or the combination with programs of engineering and medicine
Joint programs with other universities
Literature and Art, Chinese Modern and Contemporary Literature, Tourism Geography and Tourism Planning, Engineering, Education, Art, etc.
Studying Duration and Academic Schedule
The normal studying duration for Chinese Language Program is 3 months, 6 months, one year and two yeas; 4 years for bachelor degree or double-degree, and 3 years for master degree. International students may, in particular cases, apply for earlier or delayed graduation.
TNU divides every academic year into spring and autumn semesters, with the latter marking the commencement of the academic year. The autumn semester starts in late August or early September and ends in mid- or late January of the following year, while the spring semester begins in late February or early March and ends in mid-July. There will be a winter and summer vacation every year. The summer vacation usually lasts for 6 weeks, while the winter vacation lasts for 4 weeks and normally coincides with the Chinese New Year. Please check the latest academic calendar for details.
1. Application Time
Apply from March 1st to May 10th and register in September
Apply from September 1st to November 10th and register in next March
Apply from March 1st to May 10th and register in September
2. Application Fee:
The Application fee is RMB 800 Yuan for each applicant each time, and the applicants should pay the application fee before submitting application materials. The application fee is non-refundable.
3. Application Method:
Applicants should mail the hard copy of the application forms and other required materials to the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Taiyuan Normal University (the address is enclosed in the item Contact Information).
4. Qualification of Applicants
1). Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens aged 18 or above, with valid passport and healthy, should abide by Chinese law and the regulations, and should respect Chinese social customs.
2). Requirements of Language Proficiency:
(a) For programs offered in Chinese: applicants for the programs of humanities, social sciences and management should pass Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) band 5 or above before admission, and those for science and engineering programs should pass Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) band 4 or above before admission.
(b) General Visiting Students are allowed to take specialty courses when they pass Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) band 5 and above before admission. The owners of Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) band 6 or above can take specialty courses directly.
(c) Senior Visiting Students (including Research Scholars) are not required to take the Chinese language proficiency exam, on the premise that the candidate experiences no obstacles in communicating with their advisor.
(d) Applicants of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese language proficiency must take Chinese language training courses in the International Education Center at TNU for one to three years to reach the language requirements before major studies.
5. Application Documents
Application Form for International Students
A photocopy of the valid passport（the page with personal information）
pages with photo, including the valid visa page and residence permit page if you are already in China
Diploma/Degree certificate(or pre- graduation certificate)
High school qualification
Bachelor’s degree certificate
Those who have not graduated yet shall offer Pre-graduation Certificate. The graduation certificate should be submitted when the diploma is acquired.
The complete academic transcript during the study period
Research Scholars also need to submit brief introduction of research experience.
Chinese Language Proficiency Certificate
HSK and score report (unless a waiver is approved)
Original version is required in the process of registration.
English Language Proficiency certificate (IELTS, IBT)
For applicants of English- taught programs
Generally, applicants must fill in and provide the following documents truly, correctly and completely.
l The applicants should send the required documents to Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges of Taiyuan Normal University before the deadline.
l No application documents will be returned.
l The application is invalid if the application materials are incomplete or the application fee is not paid.
Currently, Taiyuan Normal University offers two kinds of scholarship to the international students: Shanxi Government Scholarship (SGS) and Taiyuan Normal University Scholarship (TNUS). The Scholarship is mostly open to both the degree program students (undergraduate and graduate) and the non-degree program students (the visiting students and Chinese language students). The scholarships cover full or parts of the tuition, living allowance, medical insurance, basic textbooks, etc. The outstanding international students studying for undergraduate and graduate degree at TNU are given priority for scholarship. Normally the students can apply for the scholarship every year so long as they can finish their study as required by TNU.
According to the requirement of Chinese Ministry of Education, Students should purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan for Foreign Students provided by the insurance companies within Chinese mainland before registration. A waiver of medical insurance can be considered for the Short-term international students (less than 3 months) if they can provide certificate of medical insurance coverage of the similar kind. Students who do not have valid medical insurance are not allowed to register.
Tuition fee (RMB Yuan/per year)
Accommodation and Board
TNU provides apartments (60-80 square meters with two rooms and one lounge in each apartment for four students to live in) equipped with Internet access, furniture, kitchen and bathroom as the dormitory for international students. The accommodation fee is RMB 30 Yuan per bed per day. Three meals at the students’ Dining Hall are around 600 Yuan per month per person. International students could prepare food for their own in the apartment.
Visa Application and Registration
Please bring your passport, Admission Notice, Visa Application Form (JW202), and original Form of Health Record for Foreigners to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China, and apply for student visa. All the documents should be original. (Applicants can consult the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China for specific requirement.) Students shall come to Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of Taiyuan Normal University for registration during the dates indicated on the Admission Notice with the aforementioned documents.
A study period of 6 months and above requires an ordinary passport and an X1 visa. Accepted applicants need to exchange their X1 visas to a Residence Permit at the local Exit and Entry Administration of Public Security Bureau, within 30 days of arrival in China. If your period of study is less than half a year, you may apply for an X2 visa.
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Person in Contact: Wang Hong