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Yunnan Nationalities University (YNU)

 

Founded on August 1, 1951, Yunnan Nationalities University (YNU) is located in Kunming, a beautiful city with mild weather all year round. YNU is one of the key universities in Yunnan and also one of the earliest ethnic universities in China.

With the development of more than half a century, YNU has become a multi-discipline and multi-program university with diversified student sources. YNU has 18 schools, two divisions and one affiliated research institute: School of Ethnic Cultures, School of Humanities, School of Law and Public Administration, School of Literature, News & Communication, School of Economics & Business Administration, School of Foreign Languages, School of Southeast Asian Languages & Cultures, School of Mathematics & Computer Science, School of Electronic & Electrical Information Engineering, School of Chemistry & Biological Technology, School of Ethnic Arts, School of Physical Education, School of People’s Armed Forces, School of Adult Education, School of Vocational Technology, School of Preparatory Education, School of International Education, School of Educational Technology, the Graduate Division, Division of Marxism-Leninism Studies (School of Social Development), and Yunnan Institute of Ethnic Studies (also the headquarters of China Southeast Association of Ethnic Studies). Within the schools, the university has established 34 research centers. YNU now offers 50 graduate degree programs (currently Sociology is the only doctoral program, offered jointly with Renmin University of China starting in the Fall semester of 2004), 50 undergraduate degree programs, 8 undergraduate non-degree programs, and 16 vocational programs, covering 9 fields of study namely philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, and administration. Six study fields, one program, and five courses of the university have been recognized to be of provincial excellence. The student body of YNU is composed of graduates for master and doctoral degrees, degree and non-degree undergraduates, and preppies. Now YNU has more than 10,000 full-time domestic students, 12,000 part-time domestic students and over 100 international students.

YNU is a showcase for the publicity of Yunnan to the outside world for its ethic diversity and cultural diversity. Up to now, more than 20,000 international guests and friends from over 80 nations and regions in all continents of the world have paid visits to the university and many of them have highly praised the university. Among the visitors there are sovereigns, senior government officials, experts and scholars, including Ho Chi Minh, former chairman of Vietnam, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, His Majesty King Harold V of Norway, Dr. Henry Alfred Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, General Than Shwe, chairman of State Peace and Development Council (formerly State Law and Order Restauration Council) of Myanmar, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, and Danish Prince Joachim. The Norwegian King, the Nippon Electronic Company and some overseas Chinese have established scholarship funds in the university.

YNU is one of the earliest institutions to enroll international students in Yunnan, keeping close ties with 46 universities and academic institutions of more than 10 countries including the United States, Norway, Japan and Korea. YNU now has signed agreements with Daejin University of Korea, Burapha University of Thailand and some other foreign universities on mutual recognition of the students’ course credits and diplomas as well as student exchange programs.

YNU boasts unique sights of ethnic cultures with students from the 26 ethnic groups in Yunnan studying on the campuses, free to speak their ethnic languages and wear their ethnic costumes. The university arranges special activities and dinners on occasions of ethnic festivities, such as the Water Splashing Festival of the Dai people, the March Fair of the Bai people, the Torch Festival of the Yi people, the Fast-breaking Day of the Hui people, the Sanduo Festival of the Naxi people, and the Munao Festival of the Jingpo people, which make the university a land of joys.

School of International Education

Yunnan Nationalities University (YNU) was the first institution to enroll international students in YunnanProvince. The School of International Education has enrolled hundreds of students from dozens of countries and regions including Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, the United States, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Israel, Thailand, Myanmar, the Laos, Vietnam, Zambia, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Taiwan since 1983. Most of the students come to the university to study Chinese language and literature. YNU is the only ethnic university in Yunnan and it has ethnic institutions like the School of Ethnic Cultures and the Institute of Ethic Studies, which has attracted many scholars and experts to come to the university to study the languages and cultures of ethnic minorities. The School of International Education (SIE) is responsible for admission and administration of international students in YNU.

SIE has accumulated a great deal of experience in teaching Chinese to international students. It now offers degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students as well as certificate programs for people who want to study Chinese but do not intend to earn a degree, such as scholars or people with master or doctoral degrees. For certificate students, SIE opens Primary Level, Intermediate Level and Advanced Level classes. The class sizes and teaching modes vary according to the purposes, Chinese levels and numbers of the students. Meanwhile, individual tuition programs are also available by request. SIE focuses its teaching on the improvement of the students’ linguistic abilities and skills by means of all-round training in listening, speaking, reading and writing by following a lecture-practice teaching mode. The curricula are well designed in reference to the specific needs of different students.

To improve students’ linguistic abilities and skills, SIE also arranges extracurricular activities such spring and fall outings, sport games, parties, sightseeing visits, investigation tours and so on, which will enable the students to have an insight into the Chinese culture and make their life more colorful.

SIE has an excellent staff to provide the international students with all necessary services, and a high-quality faculty competent for their teaching jobs after two decades of operation. Among the faculty members, there are professors, associate professors and lecturers, both full-time and part-time. Many of the teachers are distinguished experts in their fields, seven are certified teachers to teach Chinese as a foreign language----this number is much larger than those of such certificate holders in other universities in Yunnan, two teachers are members of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, quite a few have attended domestic and international symposiums on teaching Chinese as a foreign language, and many teachers ever taught Chinese at universities of other countries. With rich teaching experiences, many teachers have published essays on Chinese teaching, three teachers have jointly published Practical Chinese as a Foreign Language: Conversations about Yunnan, a textbook, and one teacher has published Chinese Idioms for Non-Chinese Speakers, a monograph. SIE has been cautious in employing teachers. Full-time or part-time, they must be profound in linguistic theories with a high proficiency of Chinese to guarantee the teaching quality.

 

International Programs and Admissions

I. Master’s Degree Programs

II. Bachelor’s Degree Programs

III. Language and Culture Certificate Programs

IV. Cultural Studies and Fieldwork Programs

V. Room and Board

VI. Diplomas and Certificates

VII. Tuition and Fees (in RMB)

VIII. Application and Registration

Yunnan Nationalities University (YNU) welcomes students from other countries as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions to study in the university. Any foreign citizen at the age varying from 18 to 60 can apply for admission to YNU as long as he or she is healthy and willing to abide by the laws and statutes of China, the regulations and disciplines of the university, and the social ethics and customs of China. In addition to degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students, YNU also offers certificate programs for people who are interested in studying Chinese language and culture not for a degree. Here is a brief introduction to the programs that YNU offers to international students and information about the international admissions.
I. Master’s Degree Programs
Applicants for any master’s degree program must hold a bachelor’s degree.
Applicants for the science programs should have passed the HSK test (Grade Three), applicants for the liberal art programs except the Chinese language programs) should have passed the HSK test (Grade Four),and the applicants for the Chinese language programs should have passed the HSK test (Grade Six). Besides, each applicant shall have to pass the entrance exam of the related program. The following are the master’s degree programs that YNU offers to international applicants:

Code

Program

Code

Program

020201

National Economics

010107

Languages and Literatures of Chinese Ethnic Minorities

020202

Regional Economics

010107

Religious Studies

020207

Labor Economics

030301

Sociology

120201

Accounting

060105

Special History

120202

Business Administration

060107

Modern History of China

030303

Anthropology

070303

Organic Chemistry

030401

Ethnology

030107

Economic Law

II. Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Applicants for any bachelor’s degree program must hold a high school diploma or an equivalent, and should have passed the HSK test. Besides, each applicant shall have to pass the entrance exam of the related program. The following are the bachelor’s degree programs that YNU offers to international applicants:

Code

Program

Code

Program

050104

Languages & Literatures of Chinese Ethnic Minorities

110204

Financial Management

050304

Editing & Publishing Science

110201

Business Administration

030301

Sociology

070101

Mathematics & Applied Mathematics

060101

History

070102

Information & Computer Science

060105

Ethnology

080605

Computer Science & Technology

110206

Tourism Management

070201

Physics

030101

Law

080601

Electric Engineering & Automatization

030401

Politics & Administration

080603

Electronical Information Engineering

110302

Public Administration

080604

Communication Engineering

110301

Administrative Management

070302

Applied Chemistry

050101

Chinese Language & Literature

070402

Biological Technology

050302

Radio & Television Journalism

071401

Environmental Science

040104

Educational Technology

050406

Fine Arts

020101

Economics

050409

Dancing

110205

Human Resources Management

040201

Physical Education

III. Language and Culture Certificate Programs

There is no nationality, diploma or degree requirement for applicants for Chinese certificate programs except one for age, which is from 18 to 60. Durations of study for the programs may vary from 4 weeks to 3 years. Either individual or group applications are accepted. A student will be arranged into Primary Level Class, Intermediate Level Class or Advanced Level Class ccording to his or her Chinese proficiency or preference. Advanced certificate students (who intend to study Chinese at a high level and study a language of an ethnic minority for more than ten hours a week) will have the privilege to choose his or her courses and the time to start the program. The university can also make special arrangements of the courses and time for those who wish to study mathematics, physics, chemistry and English.

Curricula of Chinese Certificate Programs

Class

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Primary Level

Basic Chinese

Ethnic Dancing,
Chinese Calligraphy,
Ethnic Cultures,
Chinese Martial Arts,
Perspectives of Chinese Grammar,
Chinese Cuisine,
Preparing HSK,
Chinese Idioms,
Ethnic Musical Instruments

Chinese Conversation

Listening Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

Intermediate Level

Basic Chinese

Intensive Reading

Oral Chinese

Selected Readings in Chinese

Listening Comprehension

Advanced Level

Oral Chinese

Intensive Reading

Selected Readings in Chinese

Listening Comprehension

Chinese Writing

IV. Cultural Studies and Fieldwork Programs
In addition to classroom teaching, the university also offers Lectures about Chinese traditional culture and cultural study tours for students attending the Cultural Studies and Fieldwork Programs.

1. Winter Holiday Chinese Program
(1) Duration: January 25 to February 15 every year
(2) Course hours: 50 hours for Chinese courses and 5 hours for elective courses (10 hours provided)
(3) Elective courses: Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Religions, Chinese Go, Ethnic Sports of Yunnan, Ethnic Costumes of Yunnan, Ethnic Dances of Yunnan, the Bai Culture, the Dongba Culture
(4) Cultural study tour (10 days):
Kunming: StoneForest, West Hill Forest Park, Yunnan Nationalities Villages, Yunnan Ethnic Museum, Chenggong Flower Market
Dali: DaliAncientTown, ThreePagodas, ErhaiLake, CangshanMountain,March Fair, Butterfly Spring
Lijiang: LijiangAncientTown, Yunshangping Meadow, YufengTemple, Naxi Ancient Music, HistoricMansions of Chieftain Mu, Naxi villages, Tibetan villages

2. Summer Holiday Chinese Program for Southeast Asian Students
(1) Duration: March 15 to May 15 every year
(2) Course hours: 180 hours for Chinese courses and 5 hours for elective courses (12 hours provided)
(3) Elective courses: Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Paintings, History of China, Geography of China, Chinese Chess, Chinese Go, Ethnic Sports of Yunnan, Ethnic Costumes of Yunnan, Ethnic Dances of Yunnan, the Bai Culture, the Dongba Culture
(4) Cultural study tour (12 days):
Kunming: Stone Forest, West Hill Forest Park, Yunnan Nationalities Village, the Horticultural Exposition Garden, Yunnan Ethnic Museum, Chenggong Flower Market
Dali: DaliAncientTown, Three Pagodas, CangshanMountain, ErhaiLake, March Fair, Butterfly Spring
Lijiang: Lijiang Ancient Town, Yunshangping Meadow, Yufeng Temple, Naxi Ancient Music, Historic Mansions of Chieftain Mu, Naxi villages, Tibetan villages
Zhongdian: LamaTemple, BitaLake, Tibetan villages, Horse Racing Track

3. Four-month Chinese Program
(1) Duration: March 1 to June 30 every year
(2) Course hours: 240 hours for Chinese courses and 10 hours for elective courses (20 hours provided)
(3) Elective courses: Economy of China, Agriculture of China, Politics of China, History of China, Chinese Calligraphy, Folk Music of China, Religions of China, Chinese Literature, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Chess, Chinese Go, Ethnic Sports of Yunnan, Ethnic Costumes of Yunnan, Ethnic Dances of Yunnan, the Bai Culture, the Dongba Culture, Local Cultures of Yunnan, Economy of Yunnnan
(4) Cultural study tour (20 days): Students are required to write an essay in Chinese about their findings during the tour.
Kunming: Stone Forest, West Hill Forest Park, Yunnan Nationalities Village, the Horticultural Exposition Garden, Yunnan Ethnic Museum, Chenggong Flower Market
Dali: DaliAncientTown, Three Pagodas, CangshanMountain, ErhaiLake, March Fair, Butterfly Spring
Lijiang: Lijiang Ancient Town, Yunshangping Meadow, Yufeng Temple, Naxi Ancient Music, Historic Mansions of Chieftain Mu, Naxi villages, Tibetan villages
Zhongdian: LamaTemple, BitaLake, Tibetan villages, Horse Racing Track
Xishuangbanna: the Ethnic Culture Park, Mangting Park, the Botanical Garden,Water Splashing Festival, Dai villages, Hani villages

4. One-month Chinese Program
(1) Duration: any month of the year
(2) Course hours: 50 hours for Chinese courses and 5 hours for elective courses (8 hours provided)
(3) Elective courses: Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Religions, the Bai Culture, the Dongba Culture,Ethnic Dances of Yunnan, Ethnic Costumes of Yunnan
(4) Cultural study tour (8 days):
Kunming: Stone Forest, West Hill Forest Park, Yunnan Nationalities Village, the Horticultural Exposition Garden, Yunnan Ethnic Museum, Chenggong Flower Market
Dali: Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake, Cangshan Mountain,March Fair, Butterfly Spring Lijiang: Lijiang:AncientTown, Yunshangping Meadow, Historic Mansions of Chieftain Mu, Baisha Frescos, Naxi Ancient Music, Naxi villages,Tibetan villages
Note: The time and contents of the above Chinese programs are subject to change.

V. Room and Board
1. Guest House (on-campus): double room with a bathroom, a telephone, a TV, 24-hour hot water supply, CNY 60 per day.
2. Homestay: some teachers of the university are willing to haveinternational students to live with them, and the cost is lower than that of the Guest House.
3. Off-campus housing: apartments for renting are available in the neighborhood of the university.
4. The university runs on-campus dining halls for both teachers and students. The costs vary from person to person. But 20 yuan RMB are enough for one to spend on meals each day. There are many private cheap restaurants in the neighborhood of the university.

VI. Diplomas and Certificates
Graduate and undergraduate students will be awarded a diploma and Degree by YunnanNationalitiesUniversity after earning the required credits and passing the oral test of the thesis. Certificate students attending the short-term or long-term Chinese programs will be awarded a certificate by the university after completing the prescribed courses and passing the tests. Those who attend the HSK test offered by the National Chinese Teaching Office of China will be awarded a corresponding graded certificate by the Education Ministry of China.

VII. Tuition and Fees (in RMB)
1. Master’s Degree Programs

Length of Schooling

Registration Fee

Registration Fee

Textbook Fee

Master’s Degree Program

CNY 85

CNY 830-1650

CNY 16500-22000/Year

2. Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Length of Schooling

Registration Fee

Textbook Fee

Tuition

Bachelor’s Degree Program

CNY 85

CNY 85

CNY 14000-20000/Year

3. Language and Culture Certificate Programs

Length of Schooling

Registration Fee

Textbook Fee

Tuition

4weeks

85CYN

210CYN

1650CYN

6weeks

85CYN

210CYN

2450CYN

8weeks

85CYN

210CYN

3300CYN

12weeks

85CYN

210CYN

4540CYN

1 Semester

85CYN

210CYN

5780CYN

Two Semesters

85CYN

420CYN

11550CYN

Advanced Certificate Program

85CYN

210CYN

CNY 18150/Year

Individual Tuition

85CYN

CNY 60/Hour

4. Cultural Studies and Fieldwork Programs

Program

Duration

Total Hours

Weekly Hours

Tuition

Winter Holiday Chinese Program

3weeks

50

16-20

1500CYN

Summer Holiday Chinese Program

10weeks

180

16-20

4600CYN

Four-month Chinese Program

13weeks

240

16-20

6040CYN

One-month Chinese Program

3weeks

50

16-20

CNY 1230(CNY 1500 during winter & summer holidays)

 

 

 

 

Note: The touring fee is not mandatory and not included in the tuition. It shall be covered by each student and is subject to change based on the local travel expenses. Students can choose their own tour routes according to their preferences.

VIII. Application and Registration
Every applicant for the YNU international programs may contact the Admissions Office of the School of International Education (SIE) by fax, by mail, by email or in person. Then SIE will mail the Application Form and related reference material to the applicant. After filling the Form, the applicant should send it and other required documents back to the Admissions Office. When the applicant is admitted, SIE will send a letter of admission and the JW-202 Form to the applicant to apply a visa from the Chinese Embassy or its consulate in the applicant’s home country. Applicants for master’s or bachelor’s degree programs should apply in the period from August 1 to September 10 and arrive at the university before September 20. Generally, a master’s degree program lasts for three years and a bachelor’s degree program lasts for four years. Applicants for short-term certificate Chinese programs may apply at any time, but applicants for long-term (one semester or one year) certificate Chinese programs should apply in January or July and the classes start respectively in March and September. All Chinese certificate students will be divided into the primary level, intermediate level or advanced level classes according to their Chinese proficiency by taking a test after their arrival. All admitted international students should arrive at the university to get registered at least two days before the class or a new semester starts. For the registration, every student is required to submit the JW-202 Form, the passport and three recent head photos, and pays the Tuition and the mandatory fees. The university will apply for a Temporary Stay Permit for every student from the local police department and help him or her go through all other necessary procedures. SIE will pick up the new students at the airport or the railway Station when they arrive in Kunming, but each student needs to inform SIE of the exact date and number of the flight or the train ahead of time.

APPLICATION FORM FOR FOREIGNERS WISHING TO STUDY IN CHINA

Contact Person: Wu Yunhong (wuyunh@tom.com)

      Yuan Fei(feiyuan85@126.com)

Tel: +86-871-5122140

Fax: +86-871-5122139

Website: http://www.ynni.edu.cn

Address:School of Intentional Education,Yunnan NationalitiesU niversity

134 Yi Er Yi Avenue Kunming, Yunnan 650031

People’s Republic of China