2020 NKU Admission for International Students (Ph. D.)

  • A Brief Introduction

 Founded in 1919 by the famous patriotic educators Zhang Boling and Yan Xiu, Nankai University, located in Tianjin, is a key multidisciplinary and research-oriented university directly administered by the Ministry of Education. In 2017, the university was selected to be on the list of 42 universities and colleges that would participate in the country’s “Double First-Class” Initiative (the construction plan of world-class universities and world-class disciplines). Taking “Dedication to Public Interests, Acquisition of All-round Capability, Aspiration for Progress with Each Passing Day” as the school motto, Nankai University has cultivated a large number of outstanding talents including the founding Premier of the People’s Republic of China Zhou Enlai, the famous mathematician Chern Shiing-Shen, the physicist Wu Ta-You, and the playwright Cao Yu.

 In the past 100 years, Nankai University has gradually constructed an operating pattern of “a university with three campuses” and featured a balance between the humanities and the sciences, a solid foundation and a combination of practicality and creativity. Currently, the university occupies an area of 3,750,000 m2. The university has 26 academic colleges, with disciplines covering literature, social science, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, art, etc.


 Nankai University is equipped with a strong world-class faculty. Among the 2,082 faculty members, 812 are professors and 834 are associate professors, including 20 members of the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Third World Academy of Science. Currently, the university has a total enrollment of more than 28,000 students, including 16,000 undergraduates and 12,000 master’s and doctoral students. In recent years, Nankai University’s international influence and international education levels have been increasing. There are now more than 400 full-time and part-time foreign experts, and more than 2,100 international students from 95 countries pursuing long-term study at Nankai.

1. Eligibility

 Applicants must have a master’s degree and be healthy, non-Chinese citizens and foreign passport holders, with no criminal record in China.

2. Application Date

 December 1st, 2019 — March 31st , 2020 (Scholarship available)

 April 1st, 2020 — May 15th, 2020 (Self-support)

3. Length of Study

 4 years (Students can apply for an extension of no more than 2 years if they meet the requirements of the university.)

4. Course-instruction Methods

 All majors are full-time programs taught in Chinese.

5. Majors

 Please visit the following link for specific information.

6.Application Process and Required Materials

 (1) Please register at the website:, and complete the online application. Please choose Self-sponsored (Other colleges);

 (2) Upload scanned documents of relevant materials as required (please find the List of Required Materials in Attachment 1);

 (3) Submit the application form and pay the registration fee;

 (4) Regularly check your email for personal application updates in case any changes or supplements of your materials are required.

7. Scholarships

 Nankai University will directly consider the applicants’ materials, education background, school performance and special abilities as the basis for scholarship selection. As for “Tianjin Government Scholarship” and “Study-at-Nankai Scholarship”, applicants do not need to apply again.

(1) Chinese Government Scholarship

 Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition fee and on-campus accommodation fee; provision of coverage of comprehensive medical insurance and a living allowance (CNY 3500/month).

 (2) Confucius China Studies Program Scholarship

 Scholarship Value: Exemption from tuition fee; provision of accommodation fee, living allowance, research fund, round-trip international airfare, expenses for foreign tutors to study in China, medical and accidental insurance premiums while in China, etc.

(3) Tianjin Government Scholarship

 Scholarship Value:

 Full Scholarship: CNY 58,800/student/year

 Partial Scholarship: CNY 38,000/student/year

(4) Study-at-Nankai Scholarship

 Scholarship Value:

 Full Scholarship: CNY 18,000/student/year

 Partial Scholarship: CNY 10,000/student/year


 a.Applicants for Chinese Government Scholarship should login to the website, complete the application, and submit it (please choose “B” for “Program Category” and type “10055” as the “Agency No.”);

 b.Applicants for the Confucius China Studies Program Scholarship should login to the website, complete the application, and submit it.

8. Assessment and Admission

 After the evaluation of applicants’ application materials, the colleges and schools will decide whether to add an additional examination or interview based on the applicants’ education backgrounds and application majors applied for. Please pay attention to further updates for specific assessment methods, contents, or dates.

 Admission results will be announced on the official website of the International Academic Exchanges of Nankai University.

9. Payment Standards and Methods

 (1)Application fee: CNY 600 or USD 100 (bank wire transfer is accepted, please find Nankai Univeristy Bank Account  in Attachment 2)

 (2)Tuition fee (On-site payment only)

 Humanities majors: CNY 30,000 yearly

 Science majors: CNY 39,000 yearly

 Medicine/Arts majors: CNY 50,000 yearly

(3)Place of Payment

 Please submit the fee to the Nankai University Registry (the ground floor of the Nankai University Student Activity Center). Making a payment on behalf of someone else is allowed.

(4) Medical insurance fee: CNY 1000 per student per year

 According to the regulations of Ministry of Education of P. R. China, international students must purchase comprehensive medical insurance for foreign students while they are studying in China. The university will cover the insurance for Chinese Government Scholarship recipients, Confucius Institute Scholarship recipients. Other international students are required to purchase insurance before registration (International Students Insurance:

10. Accommodation

 (1) On-campus accommodation

 Nankai University provides accommodation with individual lavatories  and room cleaning services. On-campus accommodation is limited—first come, first served.

 (2) Off-campus accommodation

 The University Cooperative Housing Apartment: Longfor Goyoo Apartment. Please find more details at the website:

 (3) Accommodation Fee

 CNY 1200/student/month — CNY 2200/student/month

11. Contact Information

 International Students Office, International Academic Exchange Office of Nankai University

 Balitai Campus Address: Room A101, Aichi Hall, 94 Weijin Road, Tianjin, P. R. China. Postal code: 300071.

 Jinnan Campus Address: Room 503, Expert’s Apartment, 38 Tongyan Road, Haihe River Education Area, Tianjin, P. R. China. Postal code: 300350



 Note: Any possible change in the above content is subject to the final interpretation of the International Academic Exchange Office of Nankai University. Please pay attention to further updates on the official website.

Attachment 1: List of Required Materials

 (1) Notarized diploma of highest level of education obtained. Applicants expecting to graduate this academic year must submit an official document issued by their current school to prove their current student status and expected graduation date.

 (2) Complete academic transcripts of the highest level of education.

 (3) Personal Statement, including a study or research plan, financial situation, reasons for scholarship application, honors and awards, personal strengths, etc. (no less than 800 words).

 (4) Two letters of recommendation from professors or associate professors. The letters should be written in Chinese or English; the phone number and email address of the person issuing the recommendation should be included.

 (5) Applicants should submit a HSK certificate (Level 4 or above). Applicants who don’t meet the language requirements must apply for one year of Chinese language studies before entering their major studies.

 (6) Foreigner Physical Examination Form. The physical examinations must cover all of the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete forms, forms without the signature of the attending physician or the official stamp of the hospital, or forms without a sealed photograph of the applicant are considered invalid. Please carefully plan your physical examination schedule as the result will be valid for only 6 months.

 (7) Certificate of no criminal record issued by the relevant local authority.

 (8) Photocopy of passport (ordinary passport and must be valid until April 1st , 2021 or later).

 (9) The application fee receipt or payment voucher.

Supplementary Materials:

 (10) Other materials that can prove the applicants' learning ability and comprehensive abilities, such as award certificates in sports or the arts, specialty certificates, published papers,  admission notices issued by other universities, etc.

Note: All of the above application materials should either be in Chinese or English. For documents or certificates in languages other than Chinese or English, notarized Chinese or English translations are required.

Attachment 2: Nankai University Bank Account

 Ⅰ.RMB Account

 Account Name:Nankai University

 Bank Name:Bank of Communications, Tianjin Branch, Nankai University Sub-Branch


 Account No:120066032010149600156

 Ⅱ.USD Account

 Account Name: Nankai University

 Bank Name: Bank of Communications, Tianjin Branch, Nankai University Sub-Branch


 USD Account No:120066032146300000768

 Note: When submitting the payment, please clearly state that these are Doctorate Entry Fees as well as including the passport number and nationality of the applicant.

 Also, please note that whether admitted or not, the above application fee will not be returned.