Chinese Philosophy(Chinese Philosophy and Culture)
Fudan University
Basic Information
Degree: Master
Starting Date:
Please be subject to the starting date on admission letter you got, since the starting date may change.
Sep 1 , 2025
Duration: 2 Years
Teaching Language: English
Tuition Fees: RMB 50,000 per Year
Application Deadline:
The deadline means the date of Beijing time. You are suggested to submit your application 3 or 5 days before the actual deadline so that you can have time for necessary changes on documents.
May 31 , 2025
Application Fee:
The application fee charged by the university, CUCAS only collect on their behalf.
USD 164 (Check Policy)
Service Fee:
For the service CUCAS provide to you. If you get a scholarship while applying as a self-financed applicant, you need to pay another scholarship service fee of 200 USD.
USD 200 (Check Policy)

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Special Requirements
Program Description

These programs are aimed to offer opportunities of learning Chinese and studying Chinese philosophy to overseas postgraduates or college juniors and seniors who have not yet been able to master the Chinese language. In addition to Chinese language classes, these programs offer courses on Chinese philosophy as well as other related courses in English at Fudan University. Fudan University is a leading institution of higher education in China, and is experienced with and renowned for educating overseas students. 

M.A. Program

This is a two-year degree program. The students who apply for the program should have a college degree from an accredited institution upon entering the program. To get the degree, the students are required to get at least 27 credits (6 credits for 3 courses in Chinese Language, 15 credits for five required major courses and 6 credits for 3 elective courses). A master’s thesis is required for obtaining the master’s degree. Other than the above courses, students are also allowed to take courses that are offered by other departments at Fudan University (up to 6 credits per semester).

Major and Elective Courses

1. Major Courses
Classical Chinese Philosophy I (Confucianism and Legalism)
Classical Chinese Philosophy II (Daoism and Mohism)
Chinese Classical Studies
Wei Jin Xuanxue
Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy
Modern Chinese Philosophy

2. Elective Courses
Issues in Chinese Spiritualities and Religions 
Daoism and Its Texts
Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy from a Comparative Perspective
Special Topics:Chinese Philosophy and Its Methods
Special Topics:Chinese Philosophy in the English Speaking World
Confucianism: Then and Now 
Special Topics in Buddhism 
Political-religious Relationship of Modern Buddhism 
War and Peace in Ancient Chinese philosophy.  
Ways of Contemplation in China.
Dialogical Styles in Chinese Philosophy.
Issues in Chinese and Indian Logic  
Indian Philosophy
Seminar: Issues in Indian Philosophy
Chinese Religions in Theory and Practice: Insider- and Outsider-Bias after WWI

Requirements for Master’s Degree Program

Chinese Language Courses

3 courses, and maximum of 6 credits will be counted toward your degree. If students take a 4-credit language course, only 2 credits out of the 4 will be counted toward yourdegree. For students whose Chinese is so good that they don’t consider taking Chinese Language courses necessary, these courses can be replaced with Chinese philosophy courses offered in Chinese.

Required courses

3 credits/course * 5 courses = 15 credits
Pre-Qin Confucianism and Legalism (Fall Semester)
Pre-Qin Daoism and Mohism (Fall Semester)
Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Fall Semester)
Confucian Classical Studies (Spring Semester)
Neo-Confucianism (Spring Semester)

Electives for philosophy majors

2 credits/course * 2 courses = 4 credits
Some elective courses offered in the past:
Chinese Spiritualities
Modern Chinese Political Philosophy
Indian Philosophy
Issues in Chinese Buddhism
Wei-Jin Xuanxue
Selective readings in Neo-Confucianism
Other non-Chinese-philosophy courses offered by the School of Philosophy

Elective from other disciplines

2 credits/course * 1 course = 2 credits
Students can choose any course from other departments.


All courses should be finished by the end of the third semester of students' studies in the program.

Scholarly activities and practical training

4 credits
Students in the program are required to participate in lectures offered by visiting scholars and arranged by the program

Classical Chinese Tutorial

0 credit
One Chinese tutor will be assigned to every two foreign students in the program who have similar Chinese level. The tutor will meet with the two students for 2 hours every week during the semester, studying classical Chinese together. The tutors are selected from Chinese graduate students at the School of Philosophy.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid ordinary passport, be in good health, have attained a degree (Bachelor's degree for Master applicants) and meet the language requirements.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency. Non-native English speaker must submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The program requires a minimum score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL test or 6.5 on the IELTS test. This requirement can be waived only if the applicant received a bachelor's or postgraduate degree lasting for 2 years or above from an institution with English as official instructive language.
  • A writing sample of less than 5,000 words.

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee
Master RMB 50,000 pre year
RMB 100,000 in total (About $ 20,409)
Accommodation Fee
Unijia No.2 Building
Single Room RMB 160 to RMB 8,100  (More Details)
Unijia No.8 Building
Single Room RMB 145 to RMB 160  (More Details)
Other Fees
Application Fee:
The application fee charged by the university, CUCAS only collect on their behalf.
RMB 400 to RMB 800
Service Fee:
For the service CUCAS provide to you. If you get a scholarship while applying as a self-financed applicant, you need to pay another scholarship service fee of 200 USD.
USD 200 (Check Policy)
Living Expense RMB 1,500 to RMB 2,000

Application Materials

"*" means necessary documents that you must provide in your application.

*1. Application Form

2. Catalogue and abstract of published papers, or other documents that can prove academic ability

not compulsory

*3. Proof of No Criminal Record in Chinese or English

*4. Diploma of the highest degree conferred or proof of impending graduation(for applicants in their final year of study).

The document must be original or notarized copy, and should be attached with notarized Chinese or English translation if the original one is not in Chinese or English.

*5. Transcripts of the highest degree conferred.

The document must be original or notarized copy,and should be attached with notarized Chinese or Englishtranslation if the original one is not in Chinese or English.

*6. Proof of Financial Capacity or the Statement of Financial Support for International Students of Fudan University.

You can download a template or sample from here.

*7. A photocopy of the passport

Photocopy of valid passport identification page. Passport must be an ordinary one and be valid until Sep. 30, 2022. Applicants currently residing in China also need to provide a copy of the page containing a valid visa or residence permit.

*8. Passport photo

A recent passport-sized photo of the applicant

*9. English proficiency test certificate

*10. Two recommendation letters

The referee must be professor,associate professor.The letter should be in Chinese or English and include the referee’s signature and contact information. If the letters cannot be uploaded online, applicant may contact the referee to send the scanned letter via email to the school or department applied.Please visit the website below to get the detailed contact information of School or Department.

*11. Personal Statement

It requires above 2000 words for master applicants. The language should align with the one to be taught with.The content should include (but not limited to) study and work experience, academic achievement,expected research proposal,and career plan after graduation, etc.

12. Completely filled Foreigner Physical Examination Form.

The form should be filled out in Chinese or English.the report is valid for six months. Applicants currently residing in China may submit Residence Permit or Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card in substitute for Foreigner Physical Examination Form.

You can download a template or sample from here.

13. Supporting Documents: Certificate of Good Conduct

Provided by your current/previous school/company in Chinese/English to improve your success rate.

You can download a template or sample from here.

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