Beijing Foreign Studies University

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Group.png Beijing Foreign Studies University  
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HeadquartersBeijing, China
“Cradle of Diplomats"

Beijing Foreign Studies University, commonly known as Beiwai in Mandarin and BFSU in English, is a university in Beijing, China. BFSU boasts of the oldest language programs in China, offering the largest number of foreign language majors on different educational levels. Located in Haidian District of Beijing, BFSU is divided into two campuses – west and east. BFSU is China's pre-eminent research university specializing in foreign studies according to recent collegiate rankings.[1] It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[2]

BFSU ranked the 17th out of 2,965 universities in China according to the statistics conducted on scores of test takers from 2012 to 2019 for the National College Entrance Examination (Gaokao).[3]

BFSU alumni are well-known for Chinese diplomacy circles, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China. Around 400 ambassadors and over 1,000 counselors graduated from BFSU. BFSU is thus known as “Cradle of Diplomats”.[4] BFSU was affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from its establishment in 1941 to the early 1980s and was classified a key university under the Ministry of Education. BFSU is praised for offering the widest range of language studies in China: as of September 2019, there are 101 foreign languages being taught in this university.[5]

BFSU qualified for the first round of the competition in its efforts to enter Project 211, a university development programme launched by the Ministry of Education in 1996.[6] BFSU is directly under the leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Education. BFSU is one of China’s top universities listed under “Project 211”. The government-sponsored campaign selected BFSU to governmentally support BFSU.[7]

BFSU has more than 1,000 international students from all over the world, more than 100 countries. Especially, South Korean, German, Malaysian (IBS) and Japanese students (School of Chinese Language and Literature) are the largest ethnic groups on campus. Some foreign students study only in Mandarin with Chinese students but most of the foreign students select international business school undergraduate program which is taught in English and can take Chinese language courses. More than 70 years, over 90,000 people have graduated from the Beijing Foreign Studies University.[8]

A Chinese French novelist Gao Xingjian, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature "For an Oeuvre of Universal Validity, Bitter Insights and Linguistic Ingenuity." graduated from the department of French, Beijing Foreign Studies University.[9]

Teaching institutions

  • International Business School (IBS)
  • School of International Relations and Diplomacy (SIRD)
  • School of English and International Studies (SEIS)
  • School of Law (BFSULAW)
  • School of English for Specific Purposes (SESP)
  • School of European Languages and Cultures (SELC)
  • School of International Journalism and Communication (SIJC)
  • School of Asian Studies
  • School of African Studies
  • School of Arabic Studies
  • School of Russian
  • School of Marxism
  • School of Chinese Language and Literature
  • School of Art and Research
  • Graduate School for Translation and Interpreting
  • School of French
  • School of German
  • School of Spanish and Portuguese
  • School of Japanese
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Physical Education


Alumni on Wikispooks

Fu YingJanuary 1953ChinaDiplomat
Double Bilderberger Chinese ambassador to the UK
Clara Shih11 January 1982USBusinesspersonMarshall Scholar, Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, World Economic Forum
Cui TiankaiOctober 1952ChinaDiplomatAttended the 2017 Bilderberg as Chinese Ambassador to the United States