Chinese Language and Culture(EMA)
Chinese Language and Culture(EMA)

Why should you choose to study Chinese language and culture at Fudan University’s Department of Chinese Language and Literature?

◆ Whether you are studying Chinese because you are relocating to China or because you want to gain insight into Chinese civilization, history, industry, business or even pop culture, we have something that will interest you. Here the choice is yours. We offer both courses in modern and classical Chinese. Be you a beginner or someone with near native fluency, we have a class for you. For most candidates we suggest our two-year program in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature (DCLL).

◆Besides classroom teaching, here at DCLL our students have an opportunity for daily conversation with Chinese students in the department, home stays at Chinese professor’s homes, casual dinners with successful Chinese business men, factory visits and a chance to meet people of different backgrounds on our weekend outings to places of cultural and historical interest. Immersion studies in Fudan’s Department of Chinese Language and Literature is your number one choice.

◆ Having a basic foundation in Chinese culture and literature gives you the upper hand over the competition and provides you with access to more business opportunities. DCLL academic staff has earned national and international recognition for their research into Chinese culture and literature as well as the Chinese language. They will give you personal guidance in ancient and modern Chinese language and culture. The truth is, if you want to do business with your well-educated Chinese partners (often referred to as ru shang, Confucian tycoons) nowadays, you have to be at home in their culture and literature. Mutual trust starts with common interest and is strengthened with shared ideas.

◆ As of now, DCLL has established partnerships with more than 20 universities in Asia, America, and Europe, and has programs for student training and exchanges for faculty and student.

◆ Careers? There is great need for candidates fluent in both English and Chinese in Shanghai. After you graduate, there will be opportunities in business, trade, journalism, education, law, translation/interpreting, government, tourism, and IT. Having an EMA degree and international experience can facilitate entering into some of these professions. Many investors and multi-national companies have established their China and Asia headquarters in Shanghai. In recent years students from the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and others have made their way to Fudan University in ever increasing numbers to learn Chinese language and culture.

General Information about the Department of Chinese Language and Literature

◆ Fudan University’s Department of Chinese Language and Literature (DCLL) was founded in 1925. At present, it also includes the Research Institute of Chinese Language and Literature. There are six teaching and research divisions in DCLL: Modern and Contemporary Literature; Classic Literature; Theories of Art and Literature; Writing; Chinese language; and Comparative Literature. In addition, it has a language lab, a research center for modern literature, and a research center for traditional Chinese culture. The Research Institute of Chinese Language and Literature also consists of six branches: History of Chinese Literary Criticism; Modern and Contemporary Literature; Grammar; Rhetoric; Wu Dialects; Theoretical Linguistics; and Aesthetics. In order to give further strength to our research team, DCLL has established another six research divisions besides the Research Center for Classic Chinese Literature, which is recognized by the Ministry of Education. They include centers for research into Art, Literature and Aesthetics, World Chinese Culture, Film Art, Chinese Contemporary Literary Creation, Speech-Audio Science, and Artistic Anthropology and Folk Literature. Other institutes and research centers attached to DCLL are the Fudan Institute, Institute for Literature of Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the Research Center for Unearthed Literature and Archaic Chinese Characters.

◆ There are 92 full-time faculty at DCLL including 37 professors, 25 PhD advisors and 32 associate professors. Since China’s reform and opening policy, faculty members have received 16 municipal and national level teaching and textbook awards, published more than 300 textbooks and academic monographs, several thousand papers and essays, and won more than 170 awards from national or Shanghai level institutions.

◆ There are 11 areas of study for PhD majors and 13 for MA majors. The center for post-doctoral research was established in 1995.

◆DCLL offers all types and levels of study options for international students: 

full-time BA, MA and Ph. D degree programs or shorter programs for students or teachers who wish to study for Chinese language, literature or culture from a month to a year or more. DCLL also offers inter-university and inter-department exchange programs, for both students and educators. Apart from these, DCLL offers special courses to international teachers and students for HSK training, and the Chinese teaching certificate.

Faculty and Facilities

◆ Teachers in our program are members of the full-time faculty and are experts in Chinese language, literature, and culture. They feel at home in both Western and Eastern cultural contexts. 50 members of the faculty have doctorates and the majority has experience teaching international students Chinese. Over the past ten years, 84 teachers in DCLL have taught Chinese language in 21 universities overseas.

◆ DCLL’s offices are located from the 10th to the 15th floors of Guanghua Twin Towers. Besides administrative offices, DCLL has classrooms, conference rooms, multimedia rooms and party rooms, which are available for various teaching and research activities. Professors in DCLL have office hours in Guanghua Twin Towers. DCLL covers an area of approximately 700 square meters, and has more than 100,000 books and periodicals in its library.

◆ DCLL’s Office for International Students administers to the studies and provides day to day assistance for international students in the department. Chinese students and international students in DCLL get along well, helping each other with their studies and holding an annual party each year. International students are welcome to participate in departmental student organizations such as the Hong Wen and Bei Chen Societies.


Fudan University offers a variety of scholarships, such as the Chinese Government Special Scholarship, Shanghai Government Foreign Student Scholarship and the Outstanding Foreign Student Scholarship, to name a few. Every year international students have the opportunity to apply on a competitive basis for a scholarship.  Self-supported students are qualified to compete for such fellowships according to their academic performance and potential. Applications for scholarships for the first year are made at the time of application to the EMA program.

Academic Issues

Academic Year:

The EMA degree program is a two-year full-time study program.


Students are required to have 30 credits to graduate. Students are also required to complete a thesis of no less than 20, 000 English words.

Curricula of EMA Program in Chinese Language and Culture

Academic Issues

Degree student

Academic Year:

The EMA degree program is a two-year full-time study program.


Students are required to have 30 credits to graduate. Students are also required to complete a thesis of no less than 20, 000 English words.

Non-degree student

Non-degree students are required to have study for one semester at least. The certificate will be offered at the end.

Curricula of EMA Program in Chinese Language and Culture


Admission Criteria

Degree student

◆ Undergraduate coursework

It is required that students provide credentials documenting prerequisite academic work proving the ability to pursue a graduate program in their chosen area of study. To be considered for admission, you should have completed what Fudan University considers the equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

◆ Grade point average

At minimum, a cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) in all prior undergraduate college-level course work is required.

◆ TOEFL or IELTS scores

Applicants should have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher; or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5 or higher. Applicants from countries where English is the official language are exempt from this requirement.

Non-degree student

Applicants must be undergraduate students or have completed a bachelor degree

Tuition and application processing fee:

The two-year tuition for a degree student is RMB100, 000; for a non-degree Student, the tuition is RMB 25,000 per semester.

Enrollment and visa fees will be charged by Fudan University. The application fee (non-refundable): Degree student is RMB 888 or US$110/ Non-degree student is RMB 444 or US$55 in cash, check or by postal remittance.


Apartments for International Students are available. Double room is 70 RMB/day/person; Single room is 90 RMB/day/person. Facilities include private bathroom, air-conditioner, telephone, and internet access.

Application schedule

Applications are accepted all the year around.

Acceptance or rejection letters shall be emailed to the applicants as soon as a decision has been made.

Completing the application


a. Download Admission Application Form online and complete it.

b. Send the application, the application fee and other required materials to the Foreign Student Admissions Office of Fudan University by the application deadline.

c. Both admission and non-admission decisions will be informed by email and by letter. If accepted , applicants will receive an admission letter, a Foreign Student Visa Application Form (Form JW202), and a Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizen.

d. Accepted applicants should undergo all medical examinations required by the Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizen at private or public medical facilities.

e. Applicants should bring the admission letter, completed Foreign Student Visa Application Form (Form JW202), Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizen, to Chinese embassy or consulate-general for the X or F Visa. (Note: Applicants must retain the original Form JW202. Chinese embassy or consulate-general only requires its copies.)

f. Applicants must register at Department of Chinese Language and Literature with the admission letter, the Foreign Student Visa Application Form (Form JW202) and Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizen no later than the registration deadline indicated in the admission letter. An approval for late registration must be issued by Department of Chinese Language and Literature. Late registration without a prior approval will not be accepted.

Application package:

Degree Student:

i. One (1) official copy of diplomas for each previous college-level degree program.

ii. One (1) official copy of transcripts for each previous college-level degree program.

iii. Two letters of recommendation from tenured faculty (professor or associate professors).

iv. Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable.

v. Resume.

vi. A statement of purpose.

vii. A writing sample of around 2000 words.

viii. A copy of passport.

Non-degree Student:

i. Resume.

ii. A statement of purpose.

iii. A copy of passport.

iv. Official documents of education background

v. Official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable.

Applicants should download the application form online, fill it out, and submit it via mail. Please send applications to:

International Programs Department of Foreign Student Office               Fudan University                                                       220 Han Dan Road, Shanghai 200433, China

(Foreign Students Office (FSO) of Fudan University is responsible for admission and supervision of all international students. )

For more details, please check the website of FSO:

Contact Information

1)      International Programs Department of Foreign Student Office

Tel: 8621-55664843

Fax: 8621-65117298



2) EMA program at Department of Chinese Language and Literature

1114 West Guanghua Building

220 Han Dan Road, Shanghai 200433, P. R. China

Tel: 8621-65643246

Fax: 8621-65119143