📖 Introduction

Established in 1953, Beijing Sport University (BSU) is a prominent public institution located in Beijing, China, dedicated to the comprehensive study and advancement of sports science, physical education, and sports management. Recognized as one of the leading sports universities in China, BSU has played a crucial role in shaping the nation's athletic landscape and promoting excellence in sports education and research. As a specialized university, BSU offers a wide range of programs encompassing various sports disciplines, sports science, and management, with a commitment to nurturing both elite athletes and professionals in the sports industry.

One of Beijing Sport University's distinguishing qualities is its focus on combining theoretical knowledge with practical training in sports. The university has produced numerous Olympic champions and world-class athletes, reflecting its dedication to athletic excellence. While specific world rankings may vary, BSU is acknowledged nationally and internationally for its significant contributions to sports education and research. The university's commitment to fostering a holistic approach to sports development, encompassing education, research, and high-performance training, positions it as a key player in the global sports education arena.

🏫 About Beijing Sport University (BSU)


BSU was founded in 1953 as the Central Institute of Physical Education and was renamed the Beijing Institute of Physical Education in 1956 then Beijing Sport University (BSU) in 1993. It is one of the National Key Universities and also a “Project 211” University under the direct leadership of the General Administration of Sport of China, and is among the first batch of “Double First-Class” university project. It enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad for its glorious history, a profound deposit of culture and a solid schooling foundation. Situated on the Xinxi Road, Haidian District of Beijing, BSU covers a total area of 755 thousand square meters, with a total construction area of approximately 450 thousand square meters and nearly 100 indoor and outdoor training grounds.

BSU currently consists of four divisions: Physical Education and Health Division, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Olympic Sports Division and Sports Engineering Division. The Physical Education and Health Division has seven schools (colleges): School of Education, School of Psychology, School of Sport Science, School of Sport Medicine and Physical Therapy, School of Strength and Conditioning, China Wushu School (Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Sports) and the School of Leisure Sports and Tourism; the Humanities and Social Sciences Division has eight schools (colleges): School of Marxism, School of Management, Business School of Sports, School of Journalism and Communication, School of International Sports Organizations (Foreign Languages School), School of Art, International Culture School and School of Continuing Education (Training School of Winter Olympic Sports); the Olympic Sports Division has 11 schools (colleges): China Football College, China Basketball College, China Volleyball College, China Ice Hockey College (China Curling College), China Swimming College, China Athletics College, China Extreme Sports College, China Equestrianism College, China Coaches College, Sports Coaching College, and Competitive Sports School Affiliated to Beijing Sport University; and the Sports Engineering Division has School of Sports Engineering. In addition, the Party School of the CPC Committee of the General Administration of Sport of China, Sports Officials Training Center of General Administration of Sport of China, and the Coach College of the General Administration of Sport of China are also located at the University.


The University currently has four national key disciplines, 13 provincial and ministerial-level key disciplines, two provincial and ministerial-level excellent key disciplines, five provincial and ministerial-level key laboratories such as Key Laboratory of Exercise and Physical Fitness of Ministry of Education and Key Laboratory of Performance Training and Body Function Recovery of General Administration of Sports of China, one Beijing Higher Institution Engineering Research Center, one National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center and two Experimental Teaching Demonstration Centers of Beijing Higher Institutions. It is also home to more than 1.2 million books in its library.

The University focuses on postgraduate education on the basis of its undergraduate programs. Today, we offer 27 undergraduate majors: physical education, sports training, guidance and management of social sports, sports science, Wushu and traditional sports, public service administration, sports economy and management, journalism, advertisement, applied psychology, English, performance, dance performance, sports rehabilitation, leisure sports, Chinese international education, education science, economics, network and new media, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, tourism management, Theory of Marxism and physical training. There are nine discipline categories: education science, law, economics, literature, science, engineering, medicine, management, and art. Their physical education is rated as both a National Key Discipline and First Class Discipline, with one of its sub-disciplines rated as a Key Second Class Discipline of the Beijing Municipality. The discipline of physical education came at the top in all the three rounds in the national assessment of disciplines and ranked as Grade A+ in the 4th round of the national assessment. They have the authority to grant doctorate degrees in physical education and the authorization to grant master's degrees for the following First-Class Disciplines: Theory of Marxism, education science, psychology, clinical medicine, and public management. They also offer master's degree programs for sports, art, journalism, and communications; and they have a center for post-doctoral studies in physical education.

International Relations

So far, the University has established relations with 128 higher education institutions in 45 countries and regions in the world and has trained more than 15,000 foreign students from 106 countries. Among them, Dr. Oleg Matytsin was elected the president of the International University Sports Federation in 2015. Former Croatian Prime Minister and President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša was awarded a doctoral degree here. The University also awarded honorary doctoral degrees to eight international notables including former IOC President Jacques Rogge. Furthermore, the following figures have accepted the honorary professorship from the University: Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, Gian-Franco Kasper, President of the International Ski Federation and Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation. Through its international platform, the University has been integrating high-quality international educational resources and has set up an international cooperation mechanism in cultivating undergraduate and postgraduate students. The University will continue to make progress in cultivating international talents.

About Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, is a city where the ancient culture and modern civilization are well integrated. It attracts tens of millions of visitors and tourists both at home and abroad each year to enjoy its rich culture and wonderful scenery.

Beijing is endowed with rare cultural heritage by its long history. The Great Wall, one of the world wonders and the only piece of man-made architecture that can be seen from the space, meanders through mountains and valleys for hundreds of kilometers in the region of Beijing. The poetic and picturesque Summer Palace is a classic work of the imperial garden. The Forbidden City is the most splendid architectural complex of imperial palaces in the world. The Temple of Heaven is the place of worship for emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties as well as a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architectural art. The above four have all been listed in the World Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

January is mostly sunny month in Beijing, but it can be very cold and windy. Temperatures can drop to -20°C (4°F). Clothing Advice: Thanks to heating systems, a thin sweater is usually enough if you are staying inside. If venturing outside you have to wear a thick sweater, a warm down coat, boots, gloves, hat, and scarf to keep warm.

Campus Life


International students can live on-campus or off-campus.

The apartment for international students provides single/double rooms with bathroom, internet access, air-conditioner, and furniture. The living facilities, such as cafeterias, banks, post offices, and supermarkets are close to the apartment building.

If you can find an appropriate apartment off-campus, you are required to get a Temporary Residence Registration Form, which is issued by the local police station of your accommodation area. Please take your passport to go to the local police station together with your landlord for applying the Temporary Residence Registration Form.

Dining and Entertainment

On-campus, there are various restaurants offering western cuisine, Chinese food, fast food, and Islamic cuisine, and there are sports facilities for basketball, volleyball, tennis, football, swimming, etc.


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, China Citic Bank, China Merchants Bank and Bank of China which are located outside the main gate of BSU provide services for deposit and exchange of foreign currencies. US dollar, Euro, Pound, and Yen can be exchanged to RMB. A large number of foreign currencies and traveler's checks can be exchanged to RMB at the Bank of China. The banks usually open from 9:00 to 17:00 every day. On-campus Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found outside cafeterias. It is very convenient for students to withdraw money.

 Medical Insurance

International students are required should purchase medical insurance during their stay in China, in order to pay for the expense for possible accidental injury and medical treatments in hospitalization. The Comprehensive Insurance & Protection Scheme is provided by the Life Insurance Company of China. It costs 600yuan/person/year. It basically covers the expenses for the medical treatments for accidental injury and hospitalization in public hospitals in the mainland of China. Medical assistance service in an emergency is also provided.

 Other Services

There are a clinic, a post office, grocery store, and a laundry on campus. BSU is on the bus routes of No.105, 205,664,731 and the subway line 13 with direct access to Beijing's downtown area. A taxi ride from the university to the Beijing Capital International Airport takes only 50 minutes.

 Students Activities

Various international student activities are organized each year by International Education College, including sports competitions, sight-seeing tours, Christmas parties, etc. International students have opportunities to participate in the grand intentional sports tournaments held by the General Administration of Sport of China every year.

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🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

💸 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.

📬 Admissions Process

31 Days

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3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

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

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

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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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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