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The Department of Politics at East China Normal University accepts applications from prospective students interested in pursuing a 2-year research-oriented Master’s of Art or 4-year Ph.D. in Politics. The program is based on ECNU’s main campus in Shanghai. Part-time, non-degree students are also welcome to apply for short-term studies leading to a graduate certificate or to complement studies elsewhere. The program focus is Chinese politics, and draws from the Department’s expertise in the areas of political philosophy, political history, political theory and systems, political communication and public relations, political education and participation, international relations, and research methods. Mandarin language learning support will be provided, and degree-seekers will be required to pass the HSK Level 4 Examination in order to graduate.

All courses will be taught in English, and Master’s students in the program will be required to successfully defend a thesis written in English. Doctoral candidates may submit their dissertations in English or Chinese. The Department boasts a robust, diverse faculty, many of whom have trained abroad or earned their doctorates or completed substantial post-doctoral or visiting scholar positions abroad. All are regular faculty at ECNU and will therefore be available to form strong mentorships as they teach, advise, direct student research, and help graduates embark on post-graduate opportunities.

The program applies the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to accommodate and integrate students from different cultures, backgrounds and capacities. This includes creating teaching environments for better instructional presentation and student engagement, doing in-service teacher training to implement multiple methods in teaching, engaging and assessing, as well as leveraging the latest technological innovations available.

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  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Scores from TOEFL, IELTS or other international or national English proficiency examinations (Alternatively, applicants can interview with program faculty directly and upon recommendation from faculty, the submission of formal test scores can be waived. A student whose native language is English or completes his or her undergraduate studies in English-based studies or institutions faces no requirement to demonstrate English language proficiency).


There are four international student dorms on Zhongshan Rd. Campus: International Exchange Service Center, No.1 International Student Residence Hall, No.2 International Student Residence Hall, and No.12 Student Residence Hall.

International Exchange Service Center (Campus Map #25)

Students who live in the International Exchange Service Center must sign a “Rental-Least Agreement” and pay a deposit money of RMB1000 (full scholarship students pay a deposit money of RMB500). Students should pay the accommodation fee of a whole semester for checking in and won’t get refund if they check out before semester ends. Students may apply for an extension and pay the accommodation fee beforehand.

No.1 International Student Residence Hall (Campus Map #31)

Students should pay a deposit money of RMB400 when checking in.
Public Facilities: restroom and shower, kitchen (with refrigerator), laundry room, etc. Facilities in room: free internet, TV, air-con, two desks, two beds, two closets.

No.12 Student Residence Hall (Campus Map #41)

Students should pay a deposit money of RMB400 when checking in.
Public Facilities: restroom and shower, kitchen (with refrigerator), laundry room, etc.
Facilities in room: free internet, air-con, two desks, two beds (1m*2m), two closets.

Yifu Lou Guest House

Standard Room RMB420/night/room or RMB498/night/room
Single Room RMB588/night/room
Suite RMB988/night/room

Minhang Campus

Single room     RMB 35/night/room     (private bath room; air-con; phone, internet access)


About the University Summary

Founded in Shanghai in October 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is sponsored by the national programs “Project 211” and “Project 985”.

With two campuses located in Minhang and Putuo District, and with a total area of over 207 hectares, ECNU has long been reputed as a Garden University for its beautiful campus scenes.

Since China opened up to the world in 1978, ECNU has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the University has three faculties, 27 full-time schools, two colleges,8 advanced research institutes, a college of further education, and a national training center for secondary principals with 58 departments offering 80 undergraduate programs in humanities, education, science, engineering, economics, management, philosophy, psychology, law, history and art. Besides that, the University also offers 27 doctoral programs of the State Primary Disciplines, 38 master's programs of the State Primary Disciplines, one professional doctoral program, 19 professional master's programs and 25 post-doctoral mobile research stations.

As the first normal university founded in the country after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, ECNU has kept teacher training as one of its main features since its establishment. The Ministry of Education's Training Center for Secondary School Principals located at ECNU is a unique base for the training of secondary school principals on China’s Mainland and for advanced studies for those in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. It enjoys the reputation of being the “Huangpu Military School” for secondary school principals.

ECNU boasts two State Key Labs, one National Engineering Research Center, one National Field Observation and Research Station, seven Key Labs or Engineering Centers, six Key Research Bases for Humanities and Social Sciences and one Base for Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Education, and one International Cooperation Laboratory of the Ministry of Education. It also has 10 Key Labs or Engineering Centers, seven Social Sciences Innovation Bases and Studios, and two university think-tanks for Shanghai Municipality. The university sponsors or supervises the publication of nearly 30 academic journals and periodicals. Its library collection has exceeded 4,620,000 volumes, and it also has 22 affiliated primary or secondary schools and two affiliated kindergartens.

ECNU attaches great importance to the internationalization of its development and enjoys a wide influence and an excellent reputation around the world. The university has established exchange and cooperative partnerships with more than 200 internationally renowned universities and academic institutions. ECNU is one of the Chinese universities that first began establishing Confucius Institutes with foreign universities and institutions. So far, the university has set up 9 Confucius Institutes around the world.

Among the over 4,000 strong faculty, 1737 are professors and associate professors, including 11 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of Engineering. Currently, the number of full-time undergraduate students is 14,405 while that of graduate students is 15,771. There are also about 5,000 international students studying at ECNU.

Adhering to the university motto of “Seek truth, foster originality, and live up to the name of a teacher”, ECNU has made enormous achievements in talent-training, scientific research, community service and international exchanges. In so doing, it has significantly contributed to the development of Chinese basic education and teacher training, and the advancement of economics, sciences and society, both locally and nationally. The development and transformation of the country and the modern international metropolis of Shanghai bring huge opportunities to the university for its progress. ECNU is steadily and enthusiastically working towards its goal of establishing itself as an internationally renowned high-level research university, with a number of first-class disciplines and a well coordinated discipline development, while also taking the lead in the development of China's teacher training.

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