Fudan English-Language Chinese Philosophy Programs

Here is information about the English-language programs in Chinese philosophy offered at Fudan University. We have had some discussion of them here before. and the feedback we’ve gathered has been consistently positive. I had an opportunity to give a lecture to some of the students in this program a year or so ago, and was impressed with the students! The application deadline and other information is below.

M.A. and Visiting Student Programs in Chinese Philosophy

With Courses Offered in English

Fudan University, Shanghai, China


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. Fudan University is a leading institution of higher education in China, and is experienced with and renowned for educating overseas students. The School of Philosophy at Fudan is a top philosophy program in China. The university is located in Shanghai, the most dynamic city of China that belongs to a region that is rich in Chinese traditions and cultures. It has been four years since these programs were launched in 2011, and 43 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (36 students) and the visiting student program (7 students). They are from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.K., Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Israel, and Indonesia, and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based post-graduate programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.

M.A. Program: a two-year degree program, 27 credits (with 6 credits for 3 courses in Chinese Language) and a master thesis.

Visiting Student Program: a one-year program, 3-4 major courses, and 1-2 courses of Chinese, a certificate to be offered upon the completion.

Audit Program: individual-course-based program.

Tuition and Living Expenses: RMB 50,000 a year for tuition; on-campus housing: from RMB 1,200 per month to 2,700 per month; meals at an on-campus dining facility: RMB 1,000 per month.

Scholarships and part-time jobs abundantly available.

Application Deadlines: Feb. 20 (Priority, for scholarships) and May 1 (for admission).

For Further Information: http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/xuewei.htm and then click on “Chinese Philosophy and Culture”

The International Student Office: http://www.iso.fudan.edu.cn/

Or contact BOTH the program director Prof. Bai Tongdong, baitongdong@fudan.edu.cn AND the graduate registrar Mr. Yu Minzhi, yumingzhi@fudan.edu.cn

7 thoughts on “Fudan English-Language Chinese Philosophy Programs

    • Over the 43 students, only 2 students have failed to complete their studies so far. There is no placement record although, as the program director, I’ve been in contact with most of the graduates. Many of them are either in a doctoral program or are applying for some doctoral programs.

  1. What I (and I think a lot of other potential grad students) would love to see would be more specifics on placement. Knowing how students fare after graduating – what PhD programmes are they accepted into, for example – would be invaluable

    • There are only two classes that have graduated. Some of them work in think-tanks or other organizations. Some of them still hesitate between applying for a doctoral program and working to pay off the student loans (from America). So, the data are changing. Nevertheless, we have been working very hard to help those who wish to continue their studies.

  2. Can people over 50 with a PhD in Western Philosophy apply for the Visiting Student Programs in Chinese Philosophy? And get a full scholarship?

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