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BUCEA 2023 International Student Enrollment Guide for Postgraduates

BUCEA 2023 International Student Enrollment Guide for Chinese Taught Postgraduates

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 since both 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 resident who 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 PhD generally shall be no more than40 years old (as of September 1, 2023).Applicants for master’s degree generally shall be no more than 35 years old(as of September 1, 2023).

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


(1) The major of Architecture accepts candidates majoring in Architecture, Historic Building conservation Engineering, urban planning, Landscape architecture Design, Industrial Design and Art Design. The research direction of Architectural Technology science under the major of Architecture of the School of Architecture only accepts candidates majoring in Architecture and civil Engineering. Architectural Heritage Conservation Accepts candidates majoring in architecture, historic building conservation engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture design, and cultural heritage conservation.

(2) The major of Urban and Rural Planning accepts candidates majoring in urban planning, Architecture and Landscape architecture.

(3) The major of Landscape Architecture accepts candidates majoring in Landscape Architecture, Art Design, horticulture, landscape Architecture, landscape Architecture, and urban planning.

(4) Design Majors accept candidates majoring in Design, Art Design, Landscape Design, fine arts, Architecture, Industrial arts, Exhibition Art and Technology, Public Art, and Landscape Architecture.

(5) Master's degree students majoring in Architecture, Architectural Heritage Conservation, Urban and Rural Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Design are not allowed to apply from different majors.

4. Master's degree and PhD are full-time education. Once applicants enroll, it is not allowed to do the internship or work except for academic requirements by BUCEA. Once a violation isfound, student who refuses to change after admonition will be handled aswithdrawing 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 ininformation and uploading application materials online. Applicants areexpected to check their online application accountand emails regularly, as BUCEA’s Admissions Office may contact them whennecessary.

IV. Application Documents

Applicants must provide true and correct information in all applicationdocuments 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 PhD program, applicants shall submit their graduate diplomaor submit their pre-graduation certificates or certificate of enrollment issued by the school (they must get their graduatediploma of master before September 2023).

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

3. To apply to study for a PhD program, the graduating students shall submittheir academic transcripts during the academic years, and the graduatedstudents shall submit their complete transcripts during the postgraduateperiod.

To apply for a master’s program, the graduating students shall submittheir academic transcripts during the academic years, and the graduatedstudents shall submit their complete transcripts during the undergraduateperiod. Transcripts should be issued by the school.

4. Study or Research Plan.

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

5. To apply for a PhD program, the graduate students shall submit at least two Letters of Recommendation signed by professors within the professional field of the discipline applied, written in Chinese or English.

To apply for a master’s program, the undergraduate students shall submit two Letters of Recommendation signed by professors or associateprofessors, written in Chinese or English.

6. Language Proficiency Certificate.

(1) Chinese proficiency requirements

Applicants shall submit a HSK4 qualification certificate within valid period.Applicants who have taken all courses in Chinese during their bachelor’s ormaster’s degree studies are exempt from the HSK certificate requirement, ifproof of teaching in Chinese from the graduated university is provided.

(2) English proficiency requirements

The TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic transcript can be provided as an auxiliarymaterial for the application.

7. Scanned copy of valid passport. The passport should be validthrough 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 6months.

10. Applicants needs to provide materials which can reveal the applicants’ academic level, such as dissertations, acollection of design works or a published academic paper of your major.To apply for a PhD program, the graduate students shall provide graduation dissertation (or draft).

11.Applicants can provide proof of internship or work, proof of awards orscholarships, and proof of participation in academic activities assupplementary 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 materialsand 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

1. The admission majors of PhD in 2023 are shown in thefollowing table.

2. The admission majors of Master in 2023 are shown in thefollowing table.

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 thequalification 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 studying in China will be sent out accordance with the immigration policy.

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

Doctoral programs: 4 years;

Master programs: 2-3 years;

Length of study: the maximum learning period of doctoral programs is 6 years;

the maximum learning period of master programs is 4-5 years(including the time of suspension or retention of student status).

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

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

course materials)

(1) Chinese Doctoral programs: 30,000 RMB/year;

(2) Chinese Master programs (MBA): 30,000 RMB/year;

(3) Chinese Master programs (All Other Degrees): 25,000 RMB/year;

IX. Study Expenses

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


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 800 RMB/year. Please refer to the enrolment instructions for detailed information of medical insurance.

4. Visa: 550 RMB

X. Scholarships

For Chinese taught postgraduate students, there are the following 3 types of scholarships. Different types of scholarships will not be awarded to the same person at the same time. The scholarships will be reviewed once a year from the second year of enrollment, and eligible students can apply directly.

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

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

3. 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/colleges 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 truthfulness and accuracy of the information and documents they have submitted. New students’ 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

Email: liuxuesheng@bucea.edu.cn