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Tianjin University

China China


THE World Ranking: 401



Tianjin University (TJU) is a great place to study. Founded in 1895, the institution has an interesting history and a lot of modern facilities. TJU is actually one of the 16 National Key universities in China, and it’s leading the way in scientific research fields. By helping with important research efforts and projects with their tutors’ guidance, students can make an important impact on the world around them even before they graduate.


TJU is perfect for any ambitious student who wants to work hard and prepare for a successful career. Lecturers at TJU are highly experienced, and over 300 courses and programmes are offered at the foundation level, the undergraduate level and the postgraduate level. Whatever a student chooses to study, they will learn a lot.


Located southeast of Beijing and not too far from the coast, TJU offers students city life and the chance to enjoy nature. The best of both options. Plus, in terms of extracurricular activities, there are lots of friendly clubs and groups to join. No matter where in the world a person comes from to study at TJU, they’ll soon feel at home.


TJU actually has some brilliant scholarships for international students, and student support is always provided when it’s needed, from mental health services to career guidance through the Career Centre. There are some great facilities on campus, including impressive library resources and modern, technology-filled laboratories.


At every level, some courses at TJU are taught in Chinese and some are taught in English. Students will need to show a certain level of proficiency in the language that their courses are being taught in to be eligible for admission (for English, this will often take the form of an International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, assessment).


With a great graduate employment reputation in China, TJU is proud that it helps all of its students to be prepared for graduation and ready to succeed when the time comes. For any student who wants to help with exciting research projects and learn from some of the most talented teachers in China, TJU has to be on the list. The setting is perfect, the learning is delivered to a very high standard, and the outcomes are amazing.


Teaching Quality


TJU ranked 401st in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022. It came 62nd in Asia. It was also ranked 307th in the QS World University Rankings 2023. Most importantly, with an industry income rating of 95.4 per cent, it’s clear that the university prepares its students for the working world very well and offers them quality teaching from day one until graduation.


There are just nine students to each academic staff member at TJU, so every person enrolled can get detailed, focused support from their professors. The high quality teaching begins here with the idea that every student matters and every student deserves to be heard.


Lots of TJU’s subject areas are featured in the global top 20 by subject ranking. Energy and fuels comes 14th, chemical engineering is 15th, physical chemistry is 17th and mechanical engineering is 20th. These rankings confirm that the teaching quality is strong across a wide range of programmes.


TJU is also one of China’s best research universities. Scientific investigation is constantly happening on campus. Multiple projects done by the university/at the university by students or staff members have won awards and prizes. These include the Second Prize for State Technological Innovation and the municipal Technological Invention Award in Tianjin (this award has actually been won twice by a high-speed parallel robots project).


Entry Requirements


There are general entry requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate international students at TJU. In total, there are 63 bachelor’s programmes available and over 200 master’s and PhD programmes. Specific university entry requirements may also apply to different courses.


All international undergraduate applicants to TJU must provide a valid non-Chinese passport (applicants should note that there are separate conditions for people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). They must also have a high school diploma or equivalent and be under the age of 30.


Postgraduate requirements are the same, but applicants at this level need university qualifications rather than pre-university qualifications. They must be under the age of 35 for a master’s or under the age of 40 for a doctoral programme.


There are different rules for students who used to be Chinese citizens but have now moved to other countries. All applicants, no matter where they come from, must be able to demonstrate their strength of character and physical health. They should also be willing to comply with Chinese law and the regulations of the university.


The university also offers foundation-level programmes and summer and winter exchange programmes, which have different university requirements. All applicants must also meet certain language requirements, depending on the course they want to study.


English Score Required


TJU teaches four undergraduate courses in English: environmental science, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical science and environmental engineering. Students who want to study these courses will need to prove they have a certain level of English understanding.


One common option is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and undergraduate applicants to TJU need an IELTS overall band score of at least 6. There are then 26 postgraduate courses taught in English, and students need an IELTS overall band score, again, of at least 6 to be considered for admission.


Applicants for Chinese-taught courses at the postgraduate or undergraduate level must achieve an HSK4 exam result of 195 or above for engineering and science subjects or an HSK5 score of 180 or above for business and liberal arts courses.




The university admission process for international applicants at Tianjin University is slightly different depending on the level of qualification they’re applying for. The supporting documents they may be asked to provide also vary between levels. International undergraduate students must submit their online application through the university’s website and stick to the admission timeline. They’ll need to share:


  • A scan of their original high school diploma/qualifications
  • A scan of their academic high school transcripts
  • A photocopy of their passport
  • Proof of either their English or Chinese language skill level
  • Their Study Experience History in Resume form (there’s a provided template)
  • A personal statement or study plan of at least 600 words
  • A photocopy of their Foreigner Medical Examination Form
  • A photocopy of their visa and transfer certificate from their present school (if they’re now based in China)
  • A document confirming they don’t have a criminal record


Certain courses and programmes at TJU may ask applicants to submit other documents. For example, applicants for architectural courses must share five sketches of their own work. Other documents might also be needed for scholarship applications.


For postgraduate courses, student admission goes through the International Student Service System. This is done online, and postgraduate applicants have to share all the same documents as undergraduate applicants, as well as:


  • A scanned copy of their highest diploma
  • A study or research plan of at least 800 characters in Chinese or English
  • Two recommendations letters in Chinese or English from two professors or associate professors
  • An acceptance letter from a TJU Supervisor
  • A document confirming they don’t have a criminal record, or a student performance letter


Scholarships & Funding


TJU offers several university scholarships and bursaries to international students. It welcomes high-achieving students from all over the world and wants to help them settle into life in China as quickly and easily as possible. Since student life can be expensive, these scholarships are a good source of funding support.


The 2022 Tianjin University International Scholarship is available to all international students who are enrolled in a bachelor’s programme with valid non-Chinese passports. The scholarship lasts for one year, and there are four different types:


  • Type A covers tuition fees of up to RMB 20,000 and a living allowance of RMB 1,400 per month
  • Type B covers tuition fees of up to RMB 20,000
  • Type C covers tuition fees of up to RMB 10,000
  • Type D covers tuition fees of up to RMB 6,000


Each band is awarded based on academic merit. Both prospective and current students can apply. As with the general entry requirements, students need to provide certain documentation and pass English language requirements in order to be considered.


The Confucius Institute Scholarship is aimed at preparing students to advance their Chinese language teaching skills in order to keep up with the wider world’s growing demand for Chinese language professionals. As one of the host institutions, TJU invites academically talented students to apply. They must be non-Chinese, and they must want to work in Chinese language education.


This scholarship will cover tuition fees, accommodation fees, a medical insurance fee and a living allowance of RMB 3,000 monthly (or a one-off payment of RMB 2,500 for students who are only studying for one semester or one academic year).


Other great scholarship opportunities include the Tianjin Government Scholarship for master’s and PhD students and the 2022 Tianjin University Scholarship in the School of Civil Engineering and Technology.


University Structure


TJU currently has over 3,000 total faculty staff involved in teaching and research across 64 bachelor’s programmes, 111 master’s programmes and 130 PhD programmes. 10 per cent of the staff are international, creating a warm and friendly environment for non-Chinese students. The 22 colleges and schools of TJU, all ready to deliver an expert education, are:


  • The School of Architecture
  • The School of Chemical Engineering and Technology
  • The School of Civil Engineering
  • The School of Earth System Science
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Electrical and Information Engineering
  • The School of Environmental Science and Engineering
  • The School of Foreign Languages and Literature
  • The College of Intelligence and Computing
  • The School of International Education
  • The Law School
  • The School of Life Sciences
  • The College of Management and Economics
  • The School of Marine Science and Technology
  • The School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • The School of Mathematics
  • The School of Mechanical Engineering
  • The School of Microelectronics
  • The School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
  • The School of Precision Instrument and Optoelectronics Engineering
  • The School of Science
  • The Tianjin International Engineering Institute


As one of China’s leading research universities, TJU’s centres and institutes have completed lots of important projects in fields like development strategy, marine power and energy. Some great research sites at TJU include the Green Purification Process Research Centre, the Shandong Research Institute and the Frontier Research Institute in Wuqing.




The university library is a loved student activity centre for group and individual study sessions. It has a big collection of books and gives students access to Chinese and foreign databases. Each lecture theatre is modern and comfortable for the students, and the research centres are perfect for gaining practical skills and hands-on knowledge.


There are over 300 student associations at TJU, including organisations like the Student Union and the Young Volunteer Association. There are also lots of fun events on campus each year, like the annual Robot Festival, which has been going on since 2004. There’s also a Freshman Party event organised by the TJU Communist Youth League Student Association, a great introduction event for new students and a place to start friendships with peers.


The TJU Food Court is another popular student life centre that supplies meals. There are then many student recreation centres, sports venues and halls across the Weijin Road and Peiyang Park campuses. High-level athletes can add to the university’s history of sporting success, playing football, tennis, cricket and more. There are also lots of great on-campus accommodation options for international students who are studying at TJU.




Residential student accommodation is available to international students, domestic students, undergraduate students and postgraduate students. There are university accommodation options on both campuses.


At Weijin Road, there are 13 dormitory buildings housing about 13,000 students. This is also where the Students’ Dormitory Committee is. The committee helps connect students and create a welcoming, well-organised residential environment.


At Peiyang Park, the larger campus, there are 20,000 students. They all have quick access to teaching areas, dining rooms and on-campus stores, so students have everything they need in close proximity to their student house.


Undergraduate residences usually house six students in each room. Master’s degree residences house four students in each room. PhD residences house two students in each room. The university also provides special apartments for married doctoral students. Accommodation fees will change between study levels. The standard fee for bachelor’s and master’s students is RMB 1,200 annually. For PhD students, it’s RMB 800 annually.


Student Support


TJU student support services are managed by the Student Affairs Office, but all staff members at the university are dedicated to making sure that students feel cared for, heard and happy. TJU understands that a happy student is a successful student.


The Student Affairs Office was founded in 1984, and the staff of the office are specifically employed to help students with their needs, worries and concerns. Through the office, anyone can speak with a student guide or get help on a number of topics, including financial aid, study support, employment health and mental health support.


The office also manages the TJU codes of conduct and encourages student growth and development. It can work with an individual to develop a student support programme that works for them or share previously created resources (often also available online) offering guidance on areas like student life, scholarships, and national student loans.


Student services at TJU are all about improving student talent and protecting student wellbeing. The right support is essential, and the university knows this. That’s why it takes great pride in its student support and in successfully bringing people from a range of different cultures and backgrounds together.


Graduate Outcomes


TJU has one of the best reputations for graduate employment in the country of China. According to TJU’s Graduate Employment Quality Report, released in 2020, the employment rate of undergraduate students is 93.2 per cent. Many of these graduates are now evolving and developing major Chinese industries. The university’s record is strong, and the growing alumni network gets more impressive each academic year.


Lots of students from TJU choose to stay and build their careers in China once their studies are over. TJU graduates have high employment rates in Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Zhejiang, and they work across a range of state-owned, privately-owned and central enterprises.


With a QS World University Ranking International Research Network rating of 69.5 per cent for 2023, it’s clear that lots of the people who study and work at TJU are having a positive impact across the globe. They aren’t just learning in a classroom, they’re gaining important professional skills, improving their job prospects and opening up their career options.


Staff at the Career Centre of TJU help students with lots of different helpful employment services. These include allowing students to meet and network with employers, giving them individual one-on-one appointments with a career guide and offering them CV and interview support, as well as matching them with specific jobs in some cases. The Career Centre is now connected to 10 different professional associations.


The Tianjin International Engineering Institute has also organised events for international students, which gave them in-person guidance from university and department leaders and told them what to expect from a working life and professional career in China.


All these career services, combined with the excellent teaching quality at TJU, allow students to succeed when they’re studying and keep succeeding when they reach graduation. For any potential future student who is searching for a way to start a new journey in China and learn more about their field of interest, TJU is a great choice. 

Subjects you can study at Tianjin University

  • Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
  • Applied and Pure Sciences Applied and Pure Sciences
  • Architecture and Construction Architecture and Construction
  • Business and Management Business and Management
  • Computer Science and IT Computer Science and IT
  • Creative Arts and Design Creative Arts and Design
  • Education and Training Education and Training
  • Engineering Engineering
  • Health and Medicine Health and Medicine
  • Humanities Humanities
  • Law Law
  • Social Studies and Media Social Studies and Media
  • Travel and Hospitality Travel and Hospitality

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Key facts and figures at Tianjin University


Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023
Source: THE


QS World University Rankings 2024
Source: QS


Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022
Source: ARWU


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