2020 Nankai University Application for International Students(PhD)

1. A Brief Introduction

Founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educators Zhang Boling and Yan Xiu, Nankai University, located in Tianjin, is a key multidisciplinary and research-oriented university directly administered by the Ministry of Education. In 2017, the university was selected to be on the list of 42 universities and colleges that would participate in the country’s “Double First-Class” Initiative (the construction plan of world-class universities and world-class disciplines). Taking “Dedication to Public Interests, Acquisition of All-round Capability, Aspiration for Progress with Each Passing Day” as the school motto, Nankai University has cultivated a large number of outstanding talents including the founding Premier of the People’s Republic of China Zhou Enlai, the famous mathematician Chern Shiing-Shen, the physicist Wu Ta-You, and the playwright Cao Yu.


In the past 100 years, Nankai University has gradually constructed an operating pattern of “a university with three campuses” and featured a balance between the humanities and the sciences, a solid foundation and a combination of practicality and creativity. Currently, the university occupies an area of 3,750,000 m2. The university has 26 academic colleges, with disciplines covering literature, social science, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, art, etc.


Nankai University is equipped with a strong world-class faculty. Among the 2,082 faculty members, 812 are professors and 834 are associate professors, including 20 members of the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Third World Academy of Science. Currently, the university has a total enrollment of more than 28,000 students, including 16,000 undergraduates and 12,000 master’s and doctoral students. In recent years, Nankai University’s international influence and international education levels have been increasing. There are now more than 400 full-time and part-time foreign experts, and more than 2,100 international students from 95 countries pursuing long-term study at Nankai.


2. Eligibility

(1) Applicants must be healthy, non-Chinese citizens and foreign passport holders, with no criminal record in China.

(2) Doctoral degree applicants must have a master’s degree.

3. Application Date

December 1st, 2019  March 31st , 2020(scholarship available)

April 1st, 2020­  May 15th, 2020 (self-support)


4. Length of Study

4 years Students can apply for an extension of no more than 2 years if they meet the requirements of the university.


5. Course-instruction Methods

All majors are full-time programs taught in Chinese.

6. Majors

(1) Please visit the following link for specific information.


7. Application Process and Required Materials

(1) Please register at the website:,and complete the online application. Please choose Self-sponsored (Other colleges);

(2) Upload scanned documents of relevant materials as required (List of Required Materials (PhD.).docx);

(3) Submit the application form and pay the registration fee (please find the details of payment below in Item 9);

(4) Regularly check your email for personal application updates in case any changes or supplements of your materials are required.


8. Scholarships

Nankai University will directly consider the applicants’ admission application materials, education background, school performance and special abilities as the basis for scholarship selection. As for “Tianjin Government Scholarship” and “Study-at-Nankai Scholarship”, applicants do not need to apply again.

(1) Chinese Government Scholarship

Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition fee and on-campus accommodation fee; provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance and a living allowance (CNY 3000/month for master’s students and CNY 3500/month for doctoral students).

(2) Confucius China Studies Program Scholarship (Doctorate available)

Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition feeprovision of accommodation feeliving allowance, research fund, round-trip international airfare, expenses for foreign tutors to study in China, medical and accidental insurance premiums while in China, etc.

(3) Tianjin Government Scholarship

Scholarship Value:

Full Scholarship: CNY 58,000/student/year

Partial Scholarship: CNY47,800/student/year

(4) Study-at-Nankai Scholarship

Scholarship Value:

Full Scholarship: CNY 18,000/student/year

Partial Scholarship: CNY 10,000/student/year

Note: a. Applicants for Chinese Government Scholarship should login to the website, complete the application, and submit it (please choose “B” for “Program Category” and type “10055” as the “Agency No.”).

b. Applicants for the Confucius China Studies Program Scholarship should login to the website complete the application, and submit it.

c. Applicants for the Confucius Institute Scholarship should login to “The Confucius Institute Scholarship Online Application System” at complete the application, and submit it (specific scholarship policies are subject to the Confucius Institute Admissions Brochure).


9. Assessment and Admission

After the evaluation of applicants’ application materials, the college and schools will decide whether to add an additional examination or interview based on the applicants’ education backgrounds and application majors applied for. Please pay attention to further updates for specific assessment methods, contents, or dates.

Admission results will be announced on the official website of the International Academic Exchanges of Nankai University.


9. Payment Standards and Methods

(1) Application fee: CNY 600 or USD 100 (bank wire transfer is accepted,please findNankai University Bank Account.pdf)

(2) Tuition fee:

a. Chinese-taught programs  

Doctoral Degree


CNY 30,000 yearly


CNY 39,000 yearly


CNY 50,000 yearly

b. English-taught programs: CNY 50,000 yearly

Note: The information above is for reference only. Actual fees will be in accordance with the tuition standards at time of admission.

(3) Place of Payment

Please submit the fee to the Nankai University Registry (the ground floor of the Nankai University Student Activity Center). Making a payment on behalf of someone else is allowed.

(4) Medical insurance fee: CNY 1000 per student per year

According to the regulations of Ministry of Education of P. R. China, international students must purchase comprehensive medical insurance for foreign students while they are studying in China. The university will cover the insurance for Chinese Government Scholarship recipients, Confucius Institute Scholarship recipients and Confucius China Studies Program Scholarship recipients. Other international students are required to purchase insurance before registration (International Students Insurance:


10. Accommodation

(1) On-campus accommodation

Nankai University provides with individual lavatories and room cleaning services On-campus accommodation is limited—first come, first serve.

 (2) Off-campus accommodation

The University Cooperative Housing Apartment: Longfor Goyoo Apartment. Please find more details at the website:

(3) Accommodation Fee

   CNY 1200/student/month  CNY 2200/student/month


11. Contact Information

International Students Office, International Academic Exchange Office of Nankai University

Balitai Campus Address: Room A101, Aichi Hall, 94 Weijin Road, Tianjin, P. R. China. Postal code: 300071.

Jinnan Campus Address: Room 503, Expert’s Apartment, 38 Tongyan Road, Haihe River Education Area, Tianjin, P. R. China. Postal code: 300350



Note: Any possible change in the above content is subject to the final interpretation of the International Academic Exchange Office of Nankai University. Please pay attention to further updates on the official website.

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No.College/SchoolCampusMajorLength of   SchoolingTuition FeeMedium of   Instruction
1Chern Institute of   MathematicsBalitaiFundamental   Mathematics439000Chinese 
2Chern Institute of   MathematicsBalitaiProbability and   Mathematical Statistics439000Chinese 
3Chern Institute of   MathematicsBalitaiTheoretical Physics439000Chinese 
4School of   Mathematical SciencesBalitaiFundamental   Mathematics439000Chinese 
5School of   Mathematical SciencesBalitaiNumerical Mathematics439000Chinese 
6School of   Mathematical SciencesBalitaiProbability and   Mathematical Statistics439000Chinese 
7School of   Mathematical SciencesBalitaiApplied Mathematics439000Chinese 
8School of   Mathematical SciencesBalitaiBioinformatics439000Chinese 
9School of   Mathematical SciencesBalitaiStatistics439000Chinese 
10School of PhysicsBalitaiTheoretical Physics439000Chinese 
11School of PhysicsBalitaiParticle and Nuclear   Physics439000Chinese 
12School of PhysicsBalitaiCondensed Matter   Physics439000Chinese 
13School of PhysicsBalitaiOptics439000Chinese 
14School of PhysicsBalitaiPhotonics and Photon   Technology439000Chinese 
15School of PhysicsBalitaiPhysics of Life   Information439000Chinese 
16TEDA Institute of   Applied PhysicsTEDACondensed Matter   Physics439000Chinese 
17TEDA Institute of   Applied PhysicsTEDAOptics439000Chinese 
18TEDA Institute of   Applied PhysicsTEDAPhotonics and Photon   technology439000Chinese 
19TEDA Institute of   Applied PhysicsTEDAPhysics of Life   Information439000Chinese 
20College of Electronic   Information and Optical EngineeringJinnanOptical Engineering439000Chinese 
21College of Electronic   Information and Optical EngineeringJinnanElectronic Science   and Technology439000Chinese 
22College of Artificial   IntelligenceJinnanControl Science and   Engineering439000Chinese 
23College of Artificial   IntelligenceJinnanArtificial   Intelligence439000Chinese 
24College of SoftwareJinnanSoftware Engineering439000Chinese 
25College of   Environmental Science and Engineering JinnanEnvironmental Science439000Chinese 
26College of   Environmental Science and Engineering JinnanEnvironmental   Engineering439000Chinese 
27College of   Environmental Science and Engineering JinnanEnvironmental   Management and Economics439000Chinese 
28College of   Environmental Science and Engineering JinnanEcology439000Chinese 
29College of ChemistryBalitaiInorganic Chemistry439000Chinese 
30College of ChemistryBalitaiAnalytical Chemistry439000Chinese 
31College of ChemistryBalitaiOrganic Chemistry439000Chinese 
32College of ChemistryBalitaiPhysical Chemistry439000Chinese 
33College of ChemistryBalitaiPolymer Chemistry and   Physics439000Chinese 
34College of ChemistryBalitaiChemical Biology439000Chinese 
35College of ChemistryBalitaiPesticide Science439000Chinese 
36School of Materials   Science and EngineeringJinnanMaterials Physics and   Chemistry439000Chinese 
37School of Materials   Science and EngineeringJinnanMaterials Sciences439000Chinese 
38College of Life   SciencesBalitaiBotany439000Chinese 
39College of Life   SciencesBalitaiZoology439000Chinese 
40College of Life   SciencesBalitaiMicrobiology439000Chinese 
41College of Life   SciencesBalitaiGenetics439000Chinese 
42College of Life   SciencesBalitaiBiochemistry and   Molecular Biology439000Chinese 
43College of Life   SciencesBalitaiCell Biology439000Chinese 
44College of PharmacyJinnanChemical Biology450000Chinese 
45College of PharmacyJinnanMedical Chemistry450000Chinese 
46College of PharmacyJinnanPharmaceutical   Analysis450000Chinese 
47College of PharmacyJinnanMicrobiology and   Biochemical Pharmacy450000Chinese 
48College of PharmacyJinnanPharmacology450000Chinese 
49School of MedicineBalitaiMicrobiology450000Chinese 
50School of MedicineBalitaiCell Biology450000Chinese 
51School of MedicineBalitaiBiochemistry and   Molecular Biology450000Chinese 
52School of MedicineBalitaiInternal Medicine450000Chinese 
53School of MedicineBalitaiGeratology450000Chinese 
54School of MedicineBalitaiImaging Medicine and   Nuclear Medicine450000Chinese 
55School of MedicineBalitaiObstertrics and   Gynecology450000Chinese 
56School of MedicineBalitaiSurgery450000Chinese 
57School of MedicineBalitaiOtolaryngology450000Chinese 
58School of MedicineBalitaiOphthalmology450000Chinese 
59School of MedicineBalitaiOncology450000Chinese 
60School of MedicineBalitaiNeurology450000Chinese 
61School of MedicineBalitaiClinical Laboratory   Diagnostics450000Chinese 
62School of MedicineBalitaiAnesthesiology450000Chinese 
63School of LiteratureBalitaiChinese Ancient   Literature430000Chinese 
64School of LiteratureBalitaiChinese Modern and   Contemporary Literature430000Chinese 
65School of LiteratureBalitaiChinese Ethnic   Minority Language and Literature430000Chinese 
66School of LiteratureBalitaiComparative   Literature and World Literature430000Chinese 
67School of LiteratureBalitaiHistory of Chinese   Literary Thought430000Chinese 
68School of LiteratureBalitaiArt and Literature430000Chinese 
69School of LiteratureBalitaiLinguistics and   Applied Linguistics430000Chinese 
70School of LiteratureBalitaiChinese Language and   Characters430000Chinese 
71Faculty of HistoryJinnanArchaeology430000Chinese 
72Faculty of HistoryJinnanWorld History430000Chinese 
73Faculty of HistoryJinnanChinese History430000Chinese 
74Japan InstituteBalitaiWorld History430000Chinese 
75Japan InstituteBalitaiInternational   Politics430000Chinese 
76College of PhilosophyJinnanChinese Philosophy430000Chinese 
77College of PhilosophyJinnanForeign Philosophy430000Chinese 
78College of PhilosophyJinnanLogics430000Chinese 
79College of PhilosophyJinnanAesthetics430000Chinese 
80College of PhilosophyJinnanPhilosophy of Science   and Technology430000Chinese 
81College of PhilosophyJinnanMarxist Philosophy430000Chinese 
82College of PhilosophyJinnanReligion Studies430000Chinese 
83College of Foreign   LanguagesBalitaiEnglish Language and   Literature430000Chinese 
84College of Foreign   LanguagesBalitaiRussian Language and   Literature430000Chinese 
85College of Foreign   LanguagesBalitaiJapanese Language and   Literature430000Chinese 
86College of Foreign   LanguagesBalitaiForeign Linguistics   and Applied Linguistics430000Chinese 
87School of LawJinnanLegal History430000Chinese 
88School of LawJinnanConstitutional and   Administrative Law430000Chinese 
89School of LawJinnanCriminal Law430000Chinese 
90School of LawJinnanCivil and Commercial   Law430000Chinese 
91School of LawJinnanEconomic Law430000Chinese 
92School of LawJinnanInternational Law430000Chinese 
93Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanPolitical Theory430000Chinese 
94Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanChinese and Foreign   Political System430000Chinese 
95Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanInternational   Relations430000Chinese 
96Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanSociology430000Chinese 
97Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanDemography430000Chinese 
98Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanSocial Psychology430000Chinese 
99Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanSocial Work and   Social Policy430000Chinese 
100Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanAdministrative   Management430000Chinese 
101Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanEducation Economics   and Management430000Chinese 
102Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanAnthropology430000Chinese 
103Zhou Enlai School of   GovernmentJinnanUrban Development and   Management430000Chinese 
104School of FinanceJinnanFinance430000Chinese 
105School of FinanceJinnanInsurance430000Chinese 
106School of FinanceJinnanActuarial Science430000Chinese 
107School of EconomicsBalitaiPolitical Economics430000Chinese 
108School of EconomicsBalitaiEconomic History 430000Chinese 
109School of EconomicsBalitaiWestern Economics430000Chinese 
110School of EconomicsBalitaiWorld Economy430000Chinese 
111School of EconomicsBalitaiPopulation, Resource   and Environmental Economics430000Chinese 
112School of EconomicsBalitaiRegional Economics430000Chinese 
113School of EconomicsBalitaiUrban Economics430000Chinese 
114School of EconomicsBalitaiPublic Finance430000Chinese 
115School of EconomicsBalitaiFinance430000Chinese 
116School of EconomicsBalitaiIndustrial Economics430000Chinese 
117School of EconomicsBalitaiInternational Trade430000Chinese 
118School of EconomicsBalitaiLabor Economics430000Chinese 
119School of EconomicsBalitaiQuantitative   Economics430000Chinese 
120Business SchoolBalitaiManagement Science   and Engineering430000Chinese 
121Business SchoolBalitaiAccounting430000Chinese 
122Business SchoolBalitaiEnterprise Management430000Chinese 
123Business SchoolBalitaiLibrary Science430000Chinese 
124Business SchoolBalitaiInformatics430000Chinese 
125Business SchoolBalitaiTechnical Economics   and Management430000Chinese 
126Business SchoolBalitaiCorporate Governance430000Chinese 
127Business SchoolBalitaiHuman Resource   Management430000Chinese 
128College of Tourism   and Service ManagementJinnanTourism Management430000Chinese 
129Institute of Finance   and DevelopmentBalitaiFinance430000Chinese