Shanghai     2400-3000 CNY/Month     17.6 ℃
Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Degree Type: Master
Application Deadline: 2017-08-20
Language: English
Starting Date: 2017-09-01
Duration: 2 years
Tuition: CNY 50000.00
Application Fee Through University: USD 100.00
Application Fee Through CTUAS: USD 100.00


These programs are aimed to offer opportunities of learning Chinese and studying Chinese philosophy to overseas postgraduates or college juniors and seniors who have not yet been able to master the Chinese language.

In addition to Chinese language classes, these programs offer courses on Chinese philosophy as well as other related courses in English at Fudan University.

The School of Philosophy at Fudan is a top philosophy program in China.

Since 2011, there are and 43 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (36 students) or the visiting student program (7 students).

This program is the most successful of their kind (English-based post-graduate programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.



This is a two-year degree program. The students who apply for the program should have a college degree from an accredited institution upon entering the program. To get the degree, the students are required to get at least 27 credits (6 credits for 3 courses in Chinese Language, 15 credits for five required major courses and 6 credits for 3 elective courses). A master’s thesis is required for obtaining the master’s degree. Other than the above courses, students are also allowed to take courses that are offered by other departments at Fudan University (up to 6 credits per semester).


Chinese Language Courses

3 courses, and maximum of 6 credits will be counted toward your degree. If students take a 4-credit language course, only 2 credits out of the 4 will be counted toward your degree. For students whose Chinese is so good that they don’t consider taking Chinese Language courses necessary, these courses can be replaced with Chinese philosophy courses offered in Chinese.

Required Courses

3 credits/course * 5 courses = 15 credits

Pre-Qin Confucianism and Legalism (Fall Semester)

Pre-Qin Daoism and Mohism (Fall Semester)

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Fall Semester)

Confucian Classical Studies (Spring Semester)

Neo-Confucianism (Spring Semester)

Electives for Philosophy Majors

2 credits/course * 2 courses = 4 credits

Some elective courses offered in the past:

Chinese Spiritualities

Modern Chinese Political Philosophy

Indian Philosophy

Issues in Chinese Buddhism

Wei-Jin Xuanxue

Selective readings in Neo-Confucianism

Other non-Chinese-philosophy courses offered by the School of Philosophy

Elective from Other Disciplines

2 credits/course * 1 course = 2 credits

Students can choose any course from other departments.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All courses should be finished by the end of the third semester of students’ studies in the program.

Scholarly Activities and Practical Training

4 credits

Students in the program are required to participate in lectures offered by visiting scholars and arranged by the program

Classical Chinese Tutorial

0 credit

One Chinese tutor will be assigned to every two foreign students in the program who have similar Chinese level. The tutor will meet with the two students for 2 hours every week during the semester, studying classical Chinese together. The tutors are selected from Chinese graduate students at the School of Philosophy.


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Students will discuss their thesis proposal at the end of their first year of studies. They will be required to defend their proposals at the end of September in the second year. The mid-term exam of their thesis will take place in the middle of December in the second year. The complete draft of their thesis will be submitted in the middle of March in the second year. The final defense takes place in June in the second year.

Item Amount (RMB/Per Year)
Tuition fee 50000.00 (Approximately)
Medical Examination 500.00 (Approximately)
Insurance 800.00 (Approximately)
Accommodation Fee 20000.00 (Approximately)
Residence Permit 400.00 (Approximately)
Living Cost 25000.00 (Approximately)
Settlement and Other Cost 2000.00 (Approximately)
Not: Medical Examination only need to be paid at the 1st academic year.

How to Apply

(1) Overall Procedure

You need only to complete the following procedure which is very convenient and time saving

1. Click “Apply Now”

2. Fill in online application

3. Upload all the required documents and Submit your application

4. Pay the application fee

5. Wait for the application results

Important notice: You need to create an account before applying. Account name needs to be a valid email, which will be used to receive our system notice.

(2) Required documents

1. One photocopy of your passport;

2. Passport-size Photos of the applicant;

3. Official transcripts;

4. An official certificate of your highest education; or an official Certificate of Enrollment for the ones still on campus.

5. Two Recommendation Letters from professors in the same academic field (The letters should be written in the blank recommendation form and enclosed in special envelopes with seal);

6. Language Proficiency certificate; (Certificate of HSK for Chinese-taught Programs. Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose first language is not English for English-taught Programs)

7. Personal Statement including previous study and work experiences, academic research achievement, planned research proposal, and individual development objective after graduation.

Notice: Note that all Certificates or Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be notarized in Chinese or English editions.



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