Beijing Foreign Studies University, or BFSU, located in the Haidian District of Beijing, where the key institutions of higher education and high-tech industries are concentrated, is divided into two campuses – the West Campus and the East Campus. BFSU covers a total area of 492,000 square meters and enjoys access to convenient transportation, with the Third Ring Road running through the two campuses.

Distinctive Features and Advantages

Founded in 1941, BFSU is a prestigious university in China under the direct leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is one of China’s top universities listed under Project 985 and Project 211, both comprising top universities in China. BFSU is one of China’s oldest language universities. It is the first institution specializing in foreign language studies. It has the longest history among universities of its kind in China, offering a complete range of degrees, diplomas and programs at various levels, with the largest number of foreign language programs in the country.BFSU is also one of the first universities in China to accept international students.

Today, BFSU teaches 101 foreign languages and 121 bachelor degree programs. Excellence in the teaching and research of foreign language and literature has allowed BFSU to enjoy a good reputation for its quality programs, both at home and internationally. In 2017, BFSU was successfully chosen as one of China’s top universities which will participate in the country’s construction plan of world-class universities and first-class disciplines comprising top universities in China. Its core discipline is under construction is Foreign Languages and Literature.

In the past 78 years, over 90,000 people have graduated from BFSU. BFSU now serves as an important education base for qualified professionals with language competence, who, after graduation, work as diplomats, translators/interpreters, businessmen, journalists, lawyers, bankers, etc. For example, among BFSU alumni who work or have worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have over 400 ambassadors and over 1000 counsellors. BFSU is thus known as the “Cradle of Diplomats”.

Teaching Institutions

BFSU consists of 19 schools, colleges and institute, 6 academic departments, and 8 research centres. Among them, schools, colleges and institutes recruiting international students include School of Chinese Language and Literature, School of English and International Studies, School of International Business, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, School of Law, School of International Journalism and Communication, School of Asian and African Language, School of European Languages and Cultures, School of Russian language, of Arabic Studies, National Research Center for Foreign Language Education, Department of Japanese, International Institute of Chinese Studies, etc.


BFSU is superbly staffed with a highly-qualified, experienced and conscientious faculty of 713 members. Among them, 141 are professors, 239 are associate professors, 286 are lecturers, 80 is Ph. D supervisors and 240 is master supervisors. 92% of the faculty have an overseas study or work experience. Each year approximately 165 teachers and experts are invited from more than 50 countries to teach at BFSU.

Library Holdings

Beijing Foreign Studies University Library is an Academic library. The collection of the library contains 1,410,000 print volumes, 1,410,000 e-books, 1,130 periodicals and 86 corpora in Chinese and foreign languages. The library features information mainly related to languages, literature and culture, yet during recent years, more and more books on law, diplomacy, economy, news and communication, and management have been introduced.

International Communication and Cooperation

BFSU has been actively engaged in comprehensive and in-depth international exchange and cooperation. For the present, BFSU has become the most important window for Chinese education opening up to the world. To date, BFSU has established extensive academic links with 480 partner universities and educational institutions in 83 countries and regions and has established 23 Confucius Institutes in collaboration with universities, colleges and institutions from 18 countries in Asia, Europe and America, ranking the first among Chinese universities.

Employment Situation

By November 30, 2017, the employment rate for graduates with a bachelor’s degree is 94.71%, the employment rate for graduates with a master’s degree is 95.04%, and the employment rate for graduates with a doctor’s degree is 96.11%.


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