Apply online now at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China for 2022 intake. Info of admissions for international students, scholarships, and more.

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📚About the Program

Non-degree in Long Term General Chinese Language Program at South China Normal University (SCNU)


The long-term Chinese language program is offered to international students who are interested in Chinese language and culture. There are six levels. Students will be clarified into a suitable level (class) after taking the placement test. Our experienced teachers will also provide their suggestions after the interview.

The six levels are as the following:

Elementary I, Elementary II; Intermediate I, Intermediate II; Advanced I, Advanced II.

Teaching periods:

One academic year is divided into two semesters. There are 18 weeks or 20 weeks of the actual teaching period each semester and 20 class hours each week. Students will take part in the placement test after registration to learn their own Chinese proficiency.

Application and Deadlines

Spring Semester: February - July. The deadline for application is December 30th.

Fall Semester: September - January of the second year. The deadline for the application is June 30th.

Tuition Fees:

RMB 8,600/semester; RMB 16,300/year


Students can choose to take a 1-semester or 2-semester duration. Kindly message us for the duration you will choose.


After the completion of the coursework and passing all examinations, a certificate is awarded.

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📖Program Curriculum

Compulsory Courses:
Chinese Comprehensive Training
Listening and Speaking
Reading Comprehension
Readings in Newspapers and Periodicals
News Listening Comprehension
Chinese Composition
Advanced Chinese and the Culture of China, etc.

Optional Courses:
HSK (primary, middle and advanced levels)
Business Chinese
Chinese Handwriting
Chinese Numeral Input (typing Chinese with numbers)
Chinese Kungfu
Pronunciation Training
Chinese Music

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🏫About South China Normal University (SCNU)


Built in 1933, South China Normal University is a comprehensive university created by the Ministry of Education and Guangdong Province. As a 211 project key university, SCNU locates in Guangzhou and has three campuses, Shipai campus, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center campus, and Nanhai campus. SCNU is one of the first few high universities which are able to admit foreign students, the recipient of Chinese Government Scholarship and Confucius Institute Scholarship, and one of the first "Chinese Cultural Propagation and Inheritance Bases" assigned by Guangdong Government.

SCNU now has 30 faculties, including 87 undergraduate majors, more than 200 master programs and over 100 doctoral programs. There are altogether 12 categories, including economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, management, agriculture, art, and medical science. Psychology, the science of sports and education rank top 10 in the whole nation. Chemistry, the study of plants and animals, engineering and maths is among the top 1% in ESI global ranking.

SCNU welcomes schools overseas and is very active in international communication. The university has a nearly 30-year history in international Chinese language teaching. Furthermore, it cooperated with more than 130 universities and institutions overseas. For example, the university built three Confucius Institutes with Coquitlam in Canada, Universite de la Reunion in France, and the University of Latvia.

In the future, SCNU will base itself in Guangdong and open to South East China and even the world. We will devote ourselves to teacher education, and turn SCNU into a top comprehensive normal university in the world.

About Guangzhou

South China Normal University is located in the City of Guangzhou. Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province, is an international metropolis in South China. Located near the South China Sea, Guangzhou is also close to Hong Kong and Macau. It is not only a national central city, a world-famous trading port, but also the political, economic, scientific, educational, cultural and military centers of south China.

As one of the most active frontier cities and one of the windows of China, Guangzhou's economic power ranks third in China. Guangzhou is also one of the beginnings of the Maritime Silk Road. As one of the largest commercial cities in China, Guangzhou is called "the Ancient Capital of Commerce" and named "Best Commercial City in Mainland China" by Forbes three years in a row. Inaugurated in 1975, the China Import and Export Fair, also known as the "Canton Fair" as it always holds in Guangzhou, is the largest international commercial fair in Asia.

Guangzhou is also a city known for its history and culture. It is a dynamic and multi-cultural city. In Guangzhou, you can experience Lingnan Culture, which enjoys a history of over 2,200 years. In here, you'll see the spirit of pragmatism, open, compatibility and innovation. You can also experience the modern part of the city, the subway, the international airport, the Canton Tower and so on. People from the nation and all over the world visit Guangzhou for business, travel and for living. At the same time, they share the city with different cultures, customs, and religions.

The view of Guangzhou is amazing, with the beautiful Baiyun Mountain and charming Pearl River. The sub-tropical climate brings no cold winters or hot summers to Guangzhou and makes it a livable garden city. Besides, Guangzhou is also a model city of national environment protection and listed as a National Health City. Guangzhou is an important transportation hub of China, with its convenient air transportation, road traffic, and sea travel. You can take buses, subways, trains or planes and reach wherever you want. Cantonese food is one of the Chinese four cuisines. It is known for its unique dishes and good tastes. Abundant entertainment and leisure facilities are available in Guangzhou.

About School of International Culture (SIC)

School of International Culture was set up in January, 2004. After 10 years of construction, it has become a good and large-scale Chinese language teaching and research institution with distinctive teaching characteristics and wide influence home and abroad. Now the school has Chinese language and culture programs, a center of Chinese language education courses, a research center of Chinese international teaching, 6 research sections and 3 master programs. There are more than 60 teachers and staffs in the school, among which includes 6 professors (2 of them PhD supervisors), 14 associate professors, and 17 teachers with doctoral degrees. The school is not only one of the first "Chinese Cultural Propagation and Inheritance Base" assigned by Guangdong Government Overseas Affairs Office and Guangdong Education Department, but also the main base of the South China Normal University's Research Center of Lingnan Culture. Besides, SIC also has two school-level innovative programs, the Research Center of Internationalized education and Research Center of Chinese Language Learning and International Propagation, and 4 college-level program. SIC has built up a professional and dedicated group of teaching faculties with reasonable structure, strong teaching and research abilities who already makes remarkable teaching and research progress.

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🏠 Accommodation

South China Normal University provides accommodations to their International Students through their International Students Housing, Tao Bei Dormitory, and Xing he lou Dormitory. They offer single rooms, two-bedrooms, and four-bedrooms.

  • 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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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$75 USD

Tuition fee:

8,600 CNY per semester

16,300 CNY in total

Insurance is 600 CNY.

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 55.

You don’t need to have studied Chinese before.

Minimum education level: High School.

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:

  • HSK Transcript
  • 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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