In 1949, shortly after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, CUFE, the first university of finance and economics in the Republic, was created by the China’s central government. The former name of CUFE was Central School of Taxation. Later, it went through several stages of development, from Central Institute of Finance, Central Institute of Finance and Economics, to Central Institute of Finance and Banking. In 1996, the Institute was officially renamed as Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) under the direct leadership of the MOE. CUFE upholds “loyalty, unity, truth and innovation” as its motto, adhering to the philosophy of “pursuing truth and excellence”. With over ninety-thousand graduates, CUFE is known as “the Cradle of Giants in the Field of Finance and Management “.
At present CUFE has established and maintained the close relationship with more than 50 universities and academic institutions in 20 countries and regions.
With the advancement of globalization and the rapid development of Chinese economy, more and more students are coming to CUFE to study finance and economics, as well as to experience Chinese culture. Obviously, CUFE is the first and best place for international students to attain their goal in China due to its convenience in Beijing and its outstanding academic programs and faculty.
About School of International Cultural Exchange (SICE)
CUFE commits itself to the development of internationalization, and pays much attention to the education of international students. School of International Cultural Exchange (SICE) was established to take charge of publicity, consultation, admission and general affairs of international students. SICE also takes responsibilities for Chinese language teaching, preparatory programs, and short-term programs. International students, including those with Chinese government scholarship, are welcome to apply for all undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs offered by CUFE. Non-degree programs, including long-term or short-term Chinese language programs and other training programs, are also available.
Located at 39 South College Road, Haidian District in downtown Beijing, the campus is surrounded by areas boasting rich educational, technological and cultural resources, flourishing shopping centers, as well as convenient transportations.
Founded in the early 1950s, the 60-year-old campus has comprehensive facilities comprising of modern teaching buildings, laboratories, library, campus network, and other facilities. In November 2010, it was reported that the campus had a classroom area of 8.82 acres, 37 modern laboratories such as Waterloo-CUFE Industry Research Laboratory, covering an area of 0.93 acres.
Additionally, 2,457 instruments are available for teaching and research. To satisfy the recreation need of teachers and students, the campus is equipped with modern facilities such as a running track, football field, basketball court, volleyball court, tennis court, National Physical Fitness Measurement Center, a student center, and an activity center for faculty members. Currently, more than 7,000 students,including seniors,master degree candidates，PhD candidates and international students, enjoy their life on the campus.
Built in 2007, the Shahe suburban campus is located 30 km north of the City campus. The total area of Shahe campus is nearly six times that of the City campus and its natural beauty of nearby areas contributes a quiet and comfortable environment. According to the development plan of CUFE, Shahe campus will become the main campus when it is completed. It will cover more than 9.88 acres, including teaching, research, living and sport areas. It aims to provide a high-standard and modern facility in a beautiful garden environment. Currently, there are more than 7,500 students on Shahe campus, including freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The university buses and suburban trains are available to transfer our teachers and students to the city center.
CUFE provides all sorts of financial aids and scholarships for international students of excellence so as to encourage them to study hard and observe Chinese laws. To be qualified, international students should enroll in a degree program and meet CUFE’s criteria. RMB 10,000 is awarded to qualified doctoral students while RMB 8000 is awarded to master students.
The scholarships are at three levels.
- The undergraduate student is awarded RMB 4000 for the first prize, 3000 for the second prize, RMB 2000 for the third prize.
- The master student is awarded RMB 6000 for the first prize, RMB 4000 for the second prize, RMB 3000 for the third prize.
- The doctoral student is awarded RMB 8000 for the scholarship.
- The master student qualified for a waiver of the entrance exam is awarded RMB 5000, the doctoral student qualified for a waiver of the entrance exam is awarded RMB 6000.
Living in University
SICE provides international students with a variety of colorful extracurricular activities such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese martial arts, Chinese cuisine, Chinese drama, Chinese knotting, etc. Cultural tours to the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, and the Beijing’s Hutongs, etc. can also be arranged.
Furthermore, SICE organizes splendid festivals such as Chinese speech contests or Chinese singing competitions to help international students increase their interest in learning Chinese. The annual New Eve’s Party has become a chance for international students to share their culture with their Chinese classmates through song, dance or other traditional performances.