Bachelor of Arts in International Politics (Chinese taught)
Bachelor of Arts in International Politics (Chinese taught)

The BA in International Relations offers the students a specialization in Economic Diplomacy and is entirely taught in Chinese. The entire batch consists of international students only. The programme offers international students the chance to study International Relations in a complete Chinese setting, surrounded by an outstanding Chinese faculty.

Upon graduation, students are prepared for internationally-focused careers in government, NGOs, and the private sectors, specifically in departments dealing with China or Chinese foreign affairs. During the four years of academic study, students develop the skills they need to understand and take part in an interconnected world: political awareness, economic understanding, cultural competency, and global citizenship. Additionally, they will gain a superior understanding of the Chinese economy and political system.

The curriculum is firmly rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, inherently interdisciplinary, and aimed at helping students to think critically, clearly and methodologically about the most pressing global economic challenges.
SIR faculty and courses help students acquire critical intellectual dispositions and expanded practical and theoretical knowledge - enabling them to think critically, creatively, and independently about important international issues.

SIR adds a particular emphasis in the growing role played by China in the international arena and the principles subsiding the Chinese stance. There is truly no better place for an independent study of International Relations, where the insights behind the Chinese drive in IR engagement are so clearly emphasized!
Starting Date

September each year

4 years

Though the application can also be done through the CSC [provide link], SIR strongly encourages the prospective students to apply directly, through UIBE’s School of International Education.  

The prospective candidates will be screened according to their learning performance, motivation for the study of International Relations, leadership qualities and extracurricular activities. Excellent personal and academic qualifications are required. Cultural factors are considered in the evaluation process.

A good command of the Chinese language is mandatory and an HSK Level 5 certificate is required before graduation.  

The Application process through UIBE’s School of International Education is thoroughly described here [provide link to UIBE SIE]. The Application process through CSC may differ according to the country. Further inquiries on the application process can be directly addressed to SIR at [insert the email address] or sent through the China Scholarship Council [ link to CSC Website].

Prospective students willing to apply for SIR’s BA Programme in IR through UIBE’s School of International Education should submit their complete applications before May each year.

The courses are taught entirely in Chinese, consequently a good command of Chinese is expected. An HSK Level 5 certificate is required before the graduation. A working-level knowledge of English is desired, but not mandatory.  

A minimum number of 146 credits is required for graduation. Students are expected to accumulate a number of 120 credits from their coursework and an additional number of 14 credits from internship and practicum programmes. The BA thesis will be granted an additional number of 12 credits.

The coursework credits are structured according to the typical Chinese curricula, consisting of mandatory foundation courses (taught for all the students of the university, regardless their major), elective foundation courses, mandatory academic courses (taught for the students following the same major), elective academic courses and academic specialization courses. A minimum number of 55 credits for public mandatory courses and 44 credits for academic mandatory courses is required. Additionally, a wide range of public and academic elective courses are available.

Mandatory Foundation Courses
Chinese Listening Skills
Intensive Business Chinese
Intensive Business Chinese (module II)
Business Chinese: Reading, Listening, Speaking
Business Chinese: Reading, Listening, Speaking (module II)
Advanced Business Chinese
Advanced Business Chinese (module II)
Business Chinese: Reading & Writing
Business Chinese: Reading & Writing (module II)
Modern Business Etiquette
Basic Business English
Basic Business English (module II)
Mandatory Academic Courses
History of International Relations
Political Science
Introduction to Global Economy
International Politics
Economic Diplomacy
International Political Economics
Elective Academic Courses
Contemporary Government and Politics in China
Introduction to the History of Chinese Political Thought
Introduction to the History Western Political Thought
The Political System and Economy of Russia
US Political Culture and Foreign Policy
The Political System and Economy of Japan
Energy and Environmental Policies
The Political System and Economy of Developing Countries
Public Diplomacy
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Globalization and Global Governance
International Security and Development
International Geopolitics
Public International Law
Contemporary Western Political Thought
Human Rights: Theory and Diplomacy
Academic Specialization Courses
International Negotiation
International Organisations
The Political System and Economy of the European Union
Diplomatic Practice
Contemporary Diplomacy of China
International Conflict Settlement and Crisis Management
The Political System and Economy of the United States
BA Thesis

The BA Thesis is considered the capstone of the BA programme and should emphasize the candidates’ ability to properly understand and apply the concepts learnt throughout the study programme in the field of International Relations. The thesis will be written in Chinese and submitted during the eight semester, before March 1, and defended before the May 5 of the graduation year.

The annual tuition fee is RMB12,400. Multiple scholarship opportunities are presented in the Scholarship Section [provide link].