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About Diploma in China Studies at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

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)


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.

  • Modules available

    • China and East Asia
    • China and the digital revolution
    • China: Enterprise and enterprise development
    • China: Family and society
    • China: Government and politics
    • China: International trade
    • China: Social policy
    • China: The public sector
    • China: Regional development
    • China: Social stratification and change
    • China: Society and development
    • China: Theatre and drama
    • China: Understanding gender
    • China and the world
    • Chinese cinema
    • Chinese civilisation: Thinkers and ideas
    • Chinese history: 1027 BCE to 1927 AD
    • Chinese linguistics
    • Classical Chinese I
    • Classical Chinese II
    • Classical Chinese III
    • Communications in China
    • Doing business in China
    • Introduction to Chinese literature
    • Introduction to classical Chinese
    • Local government in China
    • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature
    • Public health in China
    • Twentieth century China
    • West China
    • Chinese language classes

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