Renmin University of China is a research-oriented comprehensive university with a concentration on humanities and social sciences. It is directly under the Chinese Ministry of Education and is jointly financed and supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Beijing Municipal government. It all started with Shanbei Public School, which opened in 1937 during the Anti-Japanese War.

In 2013, the Ministry of Education released the latest appraisal of all the first-level disciplines and RUC got nine disciplines ranked No. 1 in the nation. Renmin University of China is currently ranked #601-650 in the QS World University Rankings.

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📚About the Program

Master’s in Contemporary Chinese Studies (Silk Road School - Suzhou) at Renmin University of China (RUC)

The Master of Contemporary Chinese Studies is a key measure by Renmin University of China (RUC) to actively support the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in education. Following several years of preparation, the program leverages RUC’s educational platform, international operational experience, and high-level think-tank resources to train future elite leaders for countries along the BRI that have a passion for Chinese culture, understand profoundly the path, model, and experience of China’s development.

The Silk Road School offers several levels of scholarship for successful applicants, including the full scholarship and partial scholarship.

Silk Road School launched in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, in 2018, jointly organized by Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY), School of International Studies, and Suzhou Campus of Renmin University of China. It has enrolled 106 students from 64 countries during the last two years with the support of all parties.

They followed the courses of Master of Contemporary Chinese Studies (MCCS) at Silk Road School in Suzhou, a two-year English master’s program. Graduates will be awarded the RUC Diploma in postgraduate Studies and the degree of Master of Laws. During their stay, students will be given access to a privileged range of cultural and academic experiences, from travel to all corners of China to exchanges with global leaders and mentorship with experts in their chosen discipline.  

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📖Program Curriculum

Chinese Politics
Chinese Economy
Chinese Culture
Chinese Law

Available Courses:
China Studies and Development
China Politics
Investing in China and its Legal Requirement
Development Studies and Developing Countries
Seminar on the Belt and Road Initiative
Seminar on China Studies
China and Global Governance
Political Economy of Development
Technological Revolution and World Politics
Chinese Economy Studies: Reform and Policy
Chinese Language Courses

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🏫About Renmin University of China (RUC)

Since Renmin University was established, more than 250,000 outstanding RUC alumni have made important contributions in various sectors including government, academia, finance, communication and education.

The vision of RUC is reflected in its logo, which is composed of three “人” (ren), a Chinese character that can be translated into person, human or humanity. The logo stands for “people’s university,” “the spirit of humanism” and “a focus on the humanities and social sciences.”  RUC’s vision is to become a world-class university that equips future leaders, produces cutting-edge research and promotes global academic exchange. With the support of a dedicated leadership, its students, faculty and staff, RUC continues to grow in influence as one of the most important trend-setters in Chinese higher education today.

About Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, is an ancient city with a long history. Back in 3000 years ago in Zhou dynasty, Beijing, which was called Ji at the moment, had been named capital of Yan. Thereafter, Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasty all made Beijing their capital. Therefore, Beijing was famous for “Capital of a thousand years”.

The long history leaves Beijing precious cultural treasure. Winding for several kilometers in Beijing area, the Great Wall is the only man-made structure that could be seen in the space. The Summer Palace is a classic composition of ancient royal gardens, and the Forbidden City is the largest royal palaces in the world. Tiantan is where the emperor used to fete their ancestors, and also the soul of Chinese ancient constructions. The four sites above has been confirmed world cultural heritage by UNESCO. However, the best representatives for Beijing are the vanishing Hutongs and square courtyards. Through hundreds of years, they have become symbol of Beijing’s life. Tian’anmen square being still brilliant today with cloverleaf junctions and skyscrapers everywhere, the old-timey scene and modern culture are combined to present a brand new visage of Beijing.

Scholarships Available

  • Chinese Government Scholarship
  • Confucius Institute Scholarship
  • Confucius China Studies Program
  • Beijing Municipal Government Scholarship
  • RUC Scholarship


Library was formally established in 1950. Currently it includes the East Building and the West Building, with a total construction area of over 26,000 square meters. It has 15 reading rooms and an Economics Hall, with more than 2,000 seats, provides various services such as book lending, consultancy, search, audio-visual service, photocopying, and binding, etc..

The library has a book collection of 2,500,000 copies, covering all central fields of inquiry such as the humanities, the social sciences, economics, and administration. The holdings are especially b in economics, law, philosophy, and history. The library has collected more than 3,000 essential periodicals. It has 300,000 titles in foreign languages, including English, Japanese, Russian, French, and German texts. In the library there are 400,000 thread-bound classical books, and more than 30,000 copies of rare books.

The library also has a rich collection of electronic resources; this includes access to more than 200 data bases and disk-based materials from networks both at home and abroad, 32,000 e-periodicals and 15,000 digital books.

Living in University

Student Organizations

There are more than 100 student organizations and clubs on campus, every September, they will recruit new members.

International Students Office organizes different activities for international students. International students can use all facilities, stadium, gyms that are available to students on campus. Fees are applicable as well.


RUC dining serves a variety of food at convenient locations throughout campus. The East Canteen, Central Canteen, West Canteen, North Canteen, and South Canteen (Jitian Restaurant), International Student Dining Hall (Chenghuangmiao Restaurant) are the major canteens 24/7. In addition, internationals students have other distinctive dining choices on campus, for instance, East Restaurant, Jin Xian Ju Restaurant, Zhi Wei Cafeteria, Mingde Paradiso Coffee, Canaan Pizza and Steak Restaurant, F. S. Grand Banquet, Water Stone Café, Jinggang Tea Restaurant and Korean Cuisine, etc.

The International Culture Festival of RUC

The Renmin university of China international culture festival started in 2001 as a means to expand the youth, international vision, to rich the campus culture as an annual event, and it,s also a display of students receiving mental outlook, at the same time with its inclusive open communication form, wonderful rich content, it is eagerly being looked forward to many students in the brand activities.

The international culture festival generally divided into two parts, “amorous feelings show” and “evening party”, through the international culture festival, students can show their country’s culture as well as own talent.

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🏠 Accommodation

There are four different international residence on campus. They are No.1 International Student Residence, No.2 International Student Residence, No.3 International Student Residence, and International Cultural Exchange Center. The rooms types are different, so do the room fees. The room fees range from 40 yuan/bed/day to 120 yuan/bed/day.

  • You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.
  • You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.
  • We have an article about how to find accommodation off campus here.
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💸 Scholarship Information

The Silk Road School offers all successful applicants comprehensive scholarships. The scholarships cover full tuition, accommodation subsidy, medical insurance, and necessary living allowance for the duration of the program.

💸 Living Expenses in Beijing

Expense Average costs
Accommodation On average, a single room student dormitory accommodation will cost about RMB 1500 per month, or about RMB 18,000 per year, including utilities.
Food A meal at the university canteen/restaurant or in a fast-food restaurant outside would cost about RMB 7 to RMB 30. The average monthly bill for students that will study in Beijing, China can be between the range of RMB 1800 to RMB 4000.
Transportation A one-way local transport ticket in Beijing costs about RMB 4. The taxi start rate costs about RMB 13, plus the additional taxi rate per kilometer of about RMB 2.30. A monthly transport pass for university students in Beijing would cost around RMB 200.
Extra costs: Some extra costs for university students who will study in Beijing, China are books and study materials around RMB 210 to RMB 350 per month (increased costs for those studying Sciences, Medicine, or Art), and medical insurance of about RMB 400 per six months.

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 35.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied a degree in English before
- Can demonstrate a high level of English
- Having an English certificate such as IELTS level 6 or TOEFL 95 and above is an advantage.

Minimum education level: Bachelor's.

All students from all countries are eligible to apply to this program.

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📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Renmin University of China - Personal Statement Letter
  • Renmin University of China - Statement of Guarantee Letter
  • Renmin University of China - Study Plan
  • Renmin University of China - Commitment Letter for Non-Criminal Record
  • Certificate from the Financial Guarantor
  • Bank Statement
  • No Criminal Record Certificate
  • Second Recommendation Letter
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • Medical Examination Form
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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