Study at Southwest University
General Visiting Scholars

Reasons for Choosing to Study at SWU

►A national key comprehensive university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China

►One of the “211 project” universities (top 100 universities in the 21th century gaining preferential support in the construction and development from the Central Government of China)

►Strong discipline profile: 12 disciplinary categories, covering 55 first class disciplines, 3 national key disciplines, 37 provincial or ministry key disciplines, 22 post-doctoral research stations, 19 PhD degree programs of the first class disciplines, 44 master’s degree programs of the first class disciplines, 107 bachelor’s degree programs

►Strong faculty profile: over 2800 full time teachers, nearly 1600 professors and associate professors (including research fellows),  nearly 300 PhD supervisors, over 1200 master’s degree tutors

►Less expenses: Studying at SWU Chongqing costs you much less because the consumption level in Chongqing is comparatively much lower than in most other cities in China, and the tuition fee at SWU is comparatively lower than that at many other universities in China

►Delicious food: Chongqing cuisine is popular with people from all over the world for its beautiful outlook, fragrant smell, and good taste

►Ideal studying environment: National famous garden-style campus located near Jialing River and Jinyun Mountain

Program List (Same as Master’s Programs)


Study Durationone semester or more


Applicant Eligibility

►Non-Chinese citizen in good health over 18.

►Master’s degree holders.

►HSK 4 certificate with the score of or above 180.

Note: Applicants who fail to meet the requirement about Chinese proficiency should take one year Chinese course before the visiting program begins.


Documents Required

►Application Form to Southwest University (in duplicate, including one photocopy).

►Photocopies of master’s degree diploma and transcript. Such documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized copies in Chinese or English (in duplicate, including one photocopy).

►Photocopy of HSK certificate or other certificates of Chinese proficiency.

►Two recommendation letters from professors or associate professors with their signatures.

►Study and research plan in English or Chinese (not less than 800 words).

►CD of works. Applicants for music studies are requested to submit a CD of their own works; applicants for fine arts are requested to submit a CD of their own works (including two sketches, two color paintings and two other works).

►Published academic papers or other academic achievements (original or photocopy, if any).

►Two recent photos (white background, in passport size). Please write down the applicant’s name and major at the back of the photo.

►Photocopy of the applicant’s passport.

►Two photocopies of Physical Examination Record for Foreigner (Applicants keep the original form for study visa application).


Online Application and Admission Procedure

►Log onto the website of SWU online application for international students ( Complete steps including online name registration, password setting, and verification code input, etc.;

►Click “Download” on the website of SWU online application for international students (/en/) and download “Application Form Southwest University” and “Physical Examination Form for Foreigner”;

►Fill in “Application Form to Southwest University”. Take physical exam at local public hospital as requested. Applicants should follow exam items to take physical examination. Please note that any physical exam form with missing items or without photograph, official seal of the hospital or signature of the doctor will be considered as invalid document. Since the result of the physical exam is valid for six months, please arrange the examination time accordingly to make sure the result is good for application;

►Log into the website (, then fill in/select certain information, and upload required application documents;

►Confirm information filled in/selected and documents uploaded, and click “Submit”;

►Southwest University evaluates the application materials and decides on the enrollment name list;

►Southwest University announces the name list of the successful applicants on the website of , and notifies them by emails;

►Applicants admitted remit application fee CNY 500 to Southwest University bank account;

►“Admission Notice” and “Visa Application for Study in China” (JW202 form) are to be mailed to applicants admitted by the end of June every year.

Application Deadline

June 15th every year (from January 1st)


Accommodation Information

►Double-bed room at international students’ dormitory on campus (shared by two): CNY 9000/year/person.

►Single-bed room at international students’ dormitory on campus: CNY 12000/year.

Note: International students can rent rooms on/off campus with the help of International College.


Fees (CNY)

Liberal Arts: 22000 yuan/year

Science: 24000 yuan/year

Fine Arts: 26000 yuan/year

(English-taught programs require an additional 4000 yuan/year)


Bank Account Information

Name of the account: Southwest University

Name of the bank: Bank of China, Chongqing Beibei Branch

Bank account number: 0000 1102 0510 3057

Bank code: BKCHCNBJ59A

Address of the bank: Beibei District, Chongqing, P. R. China

Zip Code: 400700


Contact Information

International Students Admission Office, Southwest University

Add: No. 2, Tiansheng Road, Beibei District, Chongqing 400715, P. R. China

Tel: +86-23-6836-6001