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BUCEA 2023 International Student Enrollment Guide for English Master

Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture (BUCEA), which originated from Capital Elementary Industrial School in 1907, got its current name with the approval of the Ministry of Education, P. R. China in 2013. It is a multidisciplinary university focusing on engineering especially known for architecture. The university was approved as a Master’s degree awarding institution in 1986 and a doctor's degree awarding institution in 2018. It has also been approved to establish post-doctoral research stations in architecture and civil engineering. The university has over 10,000 students, including over 90 international students. It has formed a comprehensive and multi-level education system from undergraduate, master's to doctoral students, from full-time to international students, and adult education.

The university insists on opening-up policy and extensively carries out international exchanges and cooperation. In 2017, it initiated the establishment of the “One Belt One Road” International Alliance of Architecture Universities. Currently, 74 colleges and universities from 28 countries have joined, which has made important contributions to continuously deepen the “Belt and Road” initiative, as well as comprehensively promote the infrastructure construction of countries along the route, the training of international talents, the collaborative innovation of science and technology, and the cultural exchanges.

I. Applicant Qualification

1. Applicants should be non-Chinese citizens who are in good health and holda valid ordinary foreign passport.

If the applicant has foreign nationality at birth but does not have Chinese nationality sinceboth or one of the parents of the applicant are Chinese citizens and reside in a foreign country; or if the applicant is a mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan residentwho have immigrated and acquired the foreign nationality,should hold valid foreign passport or nationality certificate for more than 4 years (inclusive). The applicant must have resided in a foreign country for more than 2 years in the recent 4 years (before April 30 of the year of admission) (the actual residing in a foreign country for more than 9 months in a year can be counted as one year, subject to the entry and exit signature).

2. Applicants for master’s degree generally shall be no more than 35 years old (as of September 1, 2023).

3. Applicants for master’s degree shall have obtained bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Applicants for master’s degree in Architecture should have bachelor's degree in Architecture or Architecture related majors.

Applicants for master’s degree in Control Science and Engineering or in Mechanical Engineering, should have bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Automation, Electronics or Electronics related majors.

4. Master's degree is a full-time education. Once applicants enroll, it is not allowed to do the internship or workexcept for academic requirements by BUCEA. Once a violation is found, student who refuses to change after admonition will be handled as withdrawing from university.

II.Application Deadline:

June 17, 2023 (application will not be accepted after the deadline)

III. Application Procedures

Applicants shall apply online at http://apply.bucea.cucas.cn/ by filling in information and uploading application materials online. Applicants are expected to check their online application account and emails regularly, as BUCEA’s Admissions Office may contact them when necessary.

IV. Application Documents

Applicants must provide true and correct information in all application documents in the online application system:

1. Please complete “Application Form for International Students” in online application system. Please complete in Chinese or English.

2. To apply for a master’s program, applicants shall submit their undergraduate diploma or submit their pre-graduation certificates or certificate of enrollment issued by the school (they must get their undergraduate diploma before September 2023).

3. To apply for a master’s program, the undergraduate students shall submit their academic transcripts during the academic years, and the graduated students shall submit their complete transcripts during the undergraduate period.

4. Study or Research Plan

The Plan should be no less than 1,000 words, written in English.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation signed by professors or associate professors, written in Chinese or English with the signature or official seal.

6. Language Proficiency Certificate

(1) English proficiency requirements

Applicants need to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic transcripts. The TOEFL iBT score must be 65 or above, and the academic IELTS score must be 5.5 or above. The certificate must be within the validity period (within two years of the application date). Applicants who have taken all courses in English during their bachelor’s degree studies can present certificates issued by universities as substitutes. Applicants from countries where English is the official language are exempt from submitting proof of English language proficiency.

(2) Chinese proficiency requirements

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) certificate can be provided as an auxiliary material for the application.

7. Scanned copy of valid passport. The passport should be valid through December 31, 2023.

Applicants who are indicated in "I. Applicant Qualification, 1" should submit scanned copies of the first page of their passports that valid more than 4 years, scanned copies of their exit and entry signatures and seals that could show they have actually lived abroad for more than 2 years in the recent 4 years, and scanned copies of "naturalization certificates" issued by the foreign passport country.

8. CV or resume, completed in Chinese or English.

9. Foreigner Physical Examination Form completed in Chinese or English, bearing the stamp of the hospital. Physical examination results are valid for 6 months.

10. Applicants who apply for the major of Architecture needs to provide a collection of design works or a published academic paper of your major.

11. Applicants can provide proof of internship or work, proof of awards or scholarships, and proof of participation in academic activities as supplementary materials.


(1) All the application materials in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by the original copy and its notarized translation in Chinese or English. It is advised to have the original copy and its translation notarized at the Chinese Embassy in the applicant’s home country. Please stamp on the edges of all sheets with part of the impression on each sheet if the document consists of more than one page.

(2) Applicants are expected to submit a complete set of application materials and will be held accountable for the authenticity of their documents. Incomplete or forged materials will be rejected.

(3) In general, there is no need to mail original hard-copy materials through courier service. However, under extraordinary circumstances, BUCEA reserves the rights to require applicants to mail original hard-copy documents for further review and identification. No application materials will be returned, regardless of the outcome of the application.

V. Academic Programs

The admission majors of English Master in 2023are shown in the following table.

Note: Each major needs to have at least 5 students to start classes.

VI. Admission and Selection

1. Verification of qualification

There will be a comprehensive review of the applicant’s foreign identity, highest degree diploma, academic performance, language proficiency, research plan, recommendations etc.

2. Interview assessment

Schools will conduct remote video interview assessment (ZOOM or Tencent Meeting) in June for part of the overseas students who pass the qualification examination, focusing on students' language communication, academic ability and comprehensive quality, etc. Offline interviews may still be arranged for students who are in China. Please refer to email for interview arrangement.

3. The best applicants will be selected according to the results of the qualification examination and interview.

Applicants can check their admission results on the International Development Research Institute (School of International Education) website (http://idri.bucea.edu.cn/) during July and August. Admission letters and visa application forms for study in China will be sent out accordance with the immigration policy.

VII. Length of Program, Duration of Study and Conferral of Degree

The length of study for each above master's program is 3 years, with the maximum learning period of 5 years (including the time of suspension or retention of student status)

Students who complete the credits stipulated in the teaching plan, complete their thesis, successfully pass the oral defense and meet the requirements for graduation, are granted the master’s diploma, and those qualified are granted the master degree.

VIII. Tuition Fee (charged per academic year in RMB, excluding cost of course materials)

English Master Programs: 30000RMB/ academic year

IX. Study Expenses

1. Accommodation:Double bedroom 60yuan/day/bed,Triple bedroom 40yuan/day/bed

2. Living Cost: Around RMB 1000-1500 per month (estimate based on personal consumption level).

3. Medical Insurance: For the safety of international students in China, according to the regulations of the Chinese Ministry of Education and BUCEA, international students are required to purchase medical insurance which is 800RMB/year. Please refer to the enrolment instructions for detailed information of medical insurance.

4. Visa: 550 RMB

X. Scholarships

For English taught master students, there are the following 4 types of scholarships. Different types of scholarships will not be awarded to the same person at the same time. Except for the Freshman Scholarships for English Taught Master, the other three scholarships will be reviewed once a year from the second year of enrollment, and eligible students can apply directly.

1. Freshman Scholarships for English Taught Master: to subsidize all tuition fees for the first academic year.

2. First-class Scholarships: to subsidize all tuition fees for one academic year.

3. Second-class Scholarships: to subsidize half of the tuition fees for one academic year.

4. Special Contribution Scholarships: It is used to reward international students who have made outstanding achievements in academic, sports, art, cultural exchanges, and public welfare activities. The amount of subsidy does not exceed 5,000 yuan per person per academic year.

Scholarship applicants must abide by the law, respect teachers, have good moral character, study diligently, unite with classmates, actively participate in group activities, attend the classes on time and complete all the credits of the courses required for the previous academic year with good grades. What’s more, applicants should have paid all tuition fees and meet the requirements of other relevant rules and regulations.

The International Student Scholarships Jury will adhere to the principles of standardization, objectivity and fairness to select scholarship applicants.

XI. Monitoring, Complaints and Action for Misconduct

1. Under the guidance of the University’s Student Recruitment Leadership Group, BUCEA’s international student recruitment is jointly conducted by the BUCEA Admissions Office and the relevant schools and is subject to the monitoring of the BUCEA Supervision Division. The Supervision Division can be reached on +86 (0)10 61209094/9381.

2. Applicants are responsible for the authenticity and accuracy of the information and documents they have submitted. Freshman’s admission qualifications will be rechecked upon their entry to BUCEA. Failure to meet the admission regulations for international students or any falsification or misrepresentation will result in disqualification of enrollment in accordance with the regulations of the educational authorities and BUCEA.

XII. Contact Information

International Development Research Institute (School of International Education)

Tel:+86 (0) 10 68361635