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 Doctoral Program

Duration: 4 years

Beginning: early September

Application Period: Jun.15th, 2021 (Scholarship application deadline please refer to the Scholarship Section)

Majors: Catalogue of Doctoral Programs   


1. Non-Chinese citizen with a valid foreign passport.

2. Ph.D program applicants should have a Master's degree or an equivalent degree to a Master's degree (or above) in China.

3. For Chinese-taught programs: HSK Level 5 over 210

For English-taught programs, effective English Language Test Certificate or official proof of taking English-taught programs (details refer to the Language Proficiency Certificate) is required.

Native English speakers do not need to submit the English Certificate.


Documents required: 

1. ECNU International Students Application Form

Please log on the online application system http://lxs.ecnu.edu.cn/application.php to fill in the application form and print it out. 

2. Ph.D program applicants should submit both their Master's and Bachelor's degree certificates.

* Scanned original documents. If documents are not in Chinese or English, a notarized and translated version in Chinese or in English is required.

* Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide the expected graduation certificate and the estimated graduation time should be earlier than August 31, 2021. The original Graduation certificate and diploma should be submitted for the registration.

3. Official Academic transcript

Ph.D program applicants should submit academic transcripts of both their graduate and undergraduate studies.

*Original or notarized copy documents. If documents are not in Chinese or English, a notarized and translated version in Chinese or in English is required.

4. Language proficiency certificate

 For Chinese-taught programs: effective (within 2 yrs) HSK certificate ( HSK Level 5 over 210 or HSK Level 6 over 180).

*Applicants who complete their undergraduate or master's studies in Chinese must provide a certificate issued by the university they graduated from. After obtaining the permission of the applied school/department, they can be exempted from submitting the HSK score certificate.

 For English taught program: English Language Test Certificate or official proof of taking English-taught programs. 

a) English Language Test 

English Language Test 

Base Line


6.0 (overall) 



Cambridge English 


* If taking TOEFL exam, you can submit the result to ECNU directly through exam system, by selecting Institution Code: C304. 

b) Proof of Taking English-taught Program 

-  Bachelor or Master Degree is taught in English and test language is English as well.
Official proof with official institution letterhead should be issued by the university, such as registration office or graduate school, instead of department of the university or supervisors.

Native English speakers do not need to submit the English Certificate.

* Applicants without any related English Proficiency Certificate should take the English Language Test as soon as possible. 

5. Two Recommendation Letters 


Written in English by scholars who hold the title of associate professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field.

The issue date of the recommendation letter should be later than September 1st, 2020.

Recommendation letter MUST include: the position, the title, working place, contact telephone, email and the signature of the recommender

6. A study or research plan

Words: no less than 1500 words

Language: Written in Chinese for Chinese-taught programs or English for English-taught programs.

Content: Include but not limited to personal study or work experience, academic research outcome, research plan of Ph.d program, personal goal after graduation.

7. Catalogue and abstract of published papers, or other documents that proves academic ability ( not compulsory ); the abstract of your Master degree thesis instead of the full text.

8. Photocopy of Passport (Include personal information page and Chinese visa pages if you have been in China)

9. Effective (within 6 months) Health Certificate 

Physical examination report must cover all of the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form, and provide the detailed blood test report. Incomplete forms or forms without the applicants' photograph, a sealed photograph of the applicant, the official stamp of the hospital, or signature of physician are considered as invalid.

10. Non criminal certificate (notarized photocopy in English or in Chinese)

11. Award certificates.

Application procedures:

1. Apply online : http://lxs.ecnu.edu.cn/application.php

Log on ECNU International Students online application website: http://lxsapply.ecnu.edu.cn/. Please register and submit the online application. Upload your application documents and pay the 800 RMB application fee online, which won’t be refunded.

* If you apply scholarship, you have to register at scholarship website as well.

2. Post your application documents

Add/Mailing Add:

Global Education Center, East China Normal University

Room 253, 3663 Zhongshan Rd.(N.), Shanghai, 200062, China

Tel: +86-21-62232013 / +86-21-62238353

* Students must pay application fee to complete your application procedures. Incomplete application documents or fake application documents will be regarded to be invalid.

* The application documents and application fee will not be returned no matter you are accepted or not.

3. Track your application status online
Check your email or login on your ECNU online application account to track your application status.
* Make sure your email address is correct and check your email from time to time, otherwise you might miss some IMPORTANT INFORMATION, eg. the arrangement of interview etc.

4. Admission and University Enrollment

The final result of your application will be announced both in your application account and on the noticeboard of Global Education Center website (http://lxs.ecnu.edu.cn/).

Admitted students must register at the university on the prescribed dates mentioned on the admission letter and bring the original graduation certificate and degree certificate for check. Your enrollment will be canceled without providing the relevant certificates.


PH.D. StudentRMB/year/person:


Application fee

TuitionFee (Year)

Insurance (Year)


Liberal Arts





Science & Business















The teaching material fee may vary according to the program.








Chinese Government Scholarship


Local Chinese Embassy or Consulate

Full Scholarship (Tuition Fee, Accommodation, Insurance, Monthly Stipend) Or Partial Scholarship 

Monthly StipendPh.D3500 RMB/Month




ECNU Website

Chinese Government Scholarship Website

Full Scholarship (Tuition Fee, Accommodation, Insurance, Monthly Stipend) 

Monthly StipendPh.D3500 RMB/Month


*ECNU code: 10269


Shanghai Government Scholarship


ECNU Website

Shanghai Government Scholarship Website


Full Scholarship (Tuition Fee, Accommodation, Insurance, Monthly Stipend)
Monthly Stipend
Ph.D3500 RMB/Month




Partial Scholarship Tuition Fee, Insurance








ECNU Website

Confucius Institute Scholarship Website

Full Scholarship (Tuition Fee, Accommodation, Insurance, Monthly Stipend) Or Partial Scholarship
Monthly Stipend
Ph.D3500 RMB/Month





Contact us

Global Education Center of ECNU, East China Normal University

Room 253, 3663 Zhongshan Rd.(N.), Shanghai, 200062, China

Tel: +86-21-62232013 / +86-21-62238353
Fax: +86-21-62238352
E-mail: lxs@ecnu.edu.cn

Program Advisor: Yin ing

E-mail: yyin@ied.ecnu.edu.cn


Download Application form  

2021 Doctoral r Major List: 

Name List of the Doctoral Tutors :

The contact info. of each department: https://yjszs.ecnu.edu.cn/system/zsdwlxr_list.asp

FAQ regarding the Application of Doctoral Program 

Application Remarks

1. Applicants must ensure that the application information and application materials provided are true and accurate. If the admissions unit or certification department verifies that anything in the application is not true, the application, admission or study qualification will be cancelled.

2. Graduate students are not allowed to be enrolled in two or more programs at the same time.

3. Degree authentication can be issued by any institution listed below

1) Degree authentication issued by the Overseas Study Service Center of the Ministry of Education of the P.R.China: http://zwfw.cscse.edu.cn/Only for the degrees issued by overseas universities

2) Degree authentication issued by your graduated university or Copy of Certified degree stamped by the issued university;

3) Notarial certificate issued by a notary public;

4) Certified degree copy stamped by the embassy of your country in China or the Chinese embassy in your country.

5) Degree authentication issued by China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) : http://www.chinadegrees.cn/cn/Only for the degrees issued by universities in Mainland China


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