Admission Information for International Students 2016

I. University Overview

Sichuan Agricultural University (SAU), founded in 1906, is identified as a key comprehensive university under the National Project 211 in China. With a predominance of bio-technology and agricultural sciences, SAU has a multi-disciplinary development in agriculture, science, engineering, economy, management, medicine, liberal arts, law, education and arts. According to the statistics by Ministry of Education of China in 2012, the following first-level disciplines are among the national top 10: landscape architecture, crop science, animal science, forestry, grassland science, and veterinary science.

The university has 3 campuses, located in Ya’an, in Chengdu and in Dujiangyan respectively. SAU has 22 colleges and 12 research institutes and offers 84 undergraduate programs, 76 graduate programs, 53 doctorate programs and 7 post-doctoral working-stations. Today SAU has 3190 full-time faculties, of whom 306 are professors and 521 are associate professors, along with 209 doctoral supervisors and 509 master’s supervisors. The University has now over 37,000 students, including 32,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. 

All the educational programs are open to international students. Besides some specialized programs are instructed in English, most of the programs are offered in Chinese or bilingually in Chinese and English. SAU has international students at different levels from more than 16 countries in Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

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II. Programs for International Students

International students have the following options of study on both degree-granting and non-degree granting programs at Sichuan Agricultural University:

s   Undergraduate Programs

s   Master’s Programs

s   Doctoral Programs

s   Degree Programs Offered in English

s   Chinese Language Program

s   Visiting Student Programs

s   Research Scholar Programs

s   Short-term characteristic Specialty Programs

For detailed information about the programs, please visit the website of International Office of Exchange and Cooperation at


III. Study Duration and academic schedule

The normal duration of study for each program is as follows: 4 years for bachelor’s degrees, 3 years for master's degrees, and 3 years for doctoral degrees. Students may, in particular cases, apply for early or delayed graduation.

SAU divides every academic year into spring and autumn semesters, with the latter marking the commencement of the academic year. The autumn semester starts in late August or early September and ends in mid- or late January of the following year, while the spring semester begins in late February or early March and ends in mid-July. There will be a winter and summer vacation every year. The summer vacation usually lasts 6 weeks and the winter vacation lasts 4 weeks and normally coincides with the Chinese New Year. Please check the latest academic calendar for details.


IV. Application procedure

1. Application Schedule

Degree programs: March 1st to June 1st every year

Non-degree programs: Spring semester: March 1st to June 15th

                               Autumn semester: September 1st to December 15th

2. Way of application

      Applyin the Online Application System of International Office of Exchange and Cooperation, Sichuan Agricultural University ( Submit all the documents in the Online System, thendeliver the hard copy of the application form and other required materials to International Student Office by mail (mail address is enclosed in the itemContact Information).

3. Qualification of Applicants

    1) The qualified applicant in principle should be over 18 and under 60 years old with good physical and mental health and qualified school performance.



Educational Background

Degree programs


Under 35

Senior high school diploma


Under 40

Bachelor’s degree


Under 45

Master’s degree or academic level equivalent

Non-degree programs

Chinese language

Under 60

Senior middle school diploma or above

General visiting students

Under 40

at least one year of undergraduate study at their own university

Senior visiting students

Under 45

Master's degree or above; supervised by a host-professor to conduct research on a specific subject

Research scholars

Under 55

Doctoral degree or Associate Professor or higher; collaborate with host-professors to conduct specific research.


Under 60

Senior high school diploma or above

    2) Requirement of language proficiency:

    (a) For programs offered in Chinese: applicants for the programs of humanities, social sciences, art, management, journalism and law should pass Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) band 5 or above, and those for science and engineering programs should pass Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) band 4 or above.

    (b) For programs offered in English: Applicants should pass TOEFL 80 or IFLTS 6.5.

    (c) For Doctoral Program applicants: if the English proficiency is sufficient, the Chinese language requirement could be adjusted for some majors.

    (d) General Visiting Students are allowed to take specialty courses when they pass Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) band 5 and above, otherwise they are advised to study Chinese in the Chinese Language Training Center for one or two semesters.

    (e) Senior Visiting Students and Research Scholars are not required to take the Chinese language proficiency exam, on the premise that the candidate experiences no obstacles in communicating with their supervisor.

    (f) Applicants of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese language proficiency must take Chinese language training courses in the Chinese Language Training Center at SAU for one to two years to reach the language requirements before major studies.

4. Application documents

Generally, applicants must fill in and provide the following documents truly, correctly and completely.

1) Application Form for International Students at SAU (downloaded in the Online System)

2) A photocopy of the valid passport (pages with photo, including the valid visa page and residence permit page if you are already in China)

3) Diploma/Degree certificate. (Those who have not graduated yet shall offer Pre-graduation Certificate and academic transcript.) Undergraduate program applicants need to submit notarized photocopies of senior high school certificate and junior high school certificate. Master program applicants need to submit bachelor degree certificate. Doctoral program applicants need to submit both master and bachelor degree certificates.

(4) Academic transcript. Undergraduate program applicants need to submit notarized photocopies of senior high academic transcript. Master program applicants need to submit academic transcript of undergraduate study. Doctoral program applicants need to submit academic transcripts of both graduate and undergraduate studies.

5) Personal Resume / CV (Doctoral program applicants also need to submit brief introduction of research experience)

6) A study plan or research proposal (Not necessary for Chinese Language program and short-term programs)

7) Chinese Language Proficiency Certificate (HSK) and score report (unless a waiver is approved). Original version is required in the process of registration.

8) Two academic recommendation letters in Chinese or English from scholars of associate professorship or higher (referee’s phone number and email address on the letter)

9) Acceptance Letter from host-supervisor (Only for graduate programs, senior visiting student programs and research scholar programs)

10) English Language Proficiency certificate for applicants of English-taught programs (IELTS, IBT)

11) Other auxiliary supporting materials including sports, arts and other relevant awards and certificates to show your talent.


    1) In addition to the above application materials, the university may require applicant to provide supplementary materials, depending on the circumstances.

    2) For applicants under the age of 18 on Registration Day, a notarization of guarantors in China is required. The guardian of the student has to be living in Sichuan at present. Whatever the guardian's nationality is, he or she must have a source of income.

    3) For applicants who will be graduating from senior high school (University) in July should provide the Pre-graduation Certificate.

    4) For applicants who are studying in a university, additional materials are required, such as academic transcripts, Studying Certificate and recommendation from the university.

    5) Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.

    6) Recommendation letters should be submitted in original copy and necessary for graduate programs, senior visiting student programs and research scholar programs.

     7) The above documents should be bound on top left corner (in duplicate) in order. No application documents will be returned. The application is invalid if the application materials are incomplete.

5. Admission Notice

    Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW202) will be issued to the admitted applicants in early July according to the instruction of the pre-admission notice.


V. Scholarship

    Currently, Sichuan Agricultural University offers two kinds of scholarship to the international students: Sichuan Government Scholarship (SGS) and Sichuan Agricultural University Scholarship (SAUS). The Scholarship is mostly open to both the degree program students (undergraduate and graduate) and the non-degree program students (the visiting/exchange students and Chinese language students). The scholarships cover full or some proportions of tuition, living allowance, medical insurance, basic textbooks, etc. The students will get the scholarship every year until they finish their study on the premise that they are approved by SAU every year.

To get more detailed information about introduction and application of scholarship, please visit the website of the International Office:


VI. Medical insurance
     International students at Sichuan Agricultural University must be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students are required to purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan of Foreign Students provided by Ping An insurance company on the day of registration, which has been recognized and recommended by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The insurance fee is RMB 400 yuan per 6 months, or RMB 800 yuan per year. A waiver of medical insurance can be considered for the Short-term international students (less than 3 months) if they can provide certificate of medical insurance coverage of the similar kind. Students who do not have valid medical insurance are not allowed to register.

      Please refer to the website of International Student Insurance( find the details (Scheme 2).


Tuition fee and other cost (RMB)

1. Application fee (Non-refundable): 600 Yuan

2. Tuition Fee (RMB)

  1) Long-term programs


Tuition fee RMB

Chinese language program

15, 800 yuan/year

Undergraduate program/General visiting student program

16, 000 yuan/year

Master’s program/Senior visiting student program

20, 000 yuan/year

Doctoral/Senior visiting student/Research scholar program

26, 000 yuan/year


  2) Short-term programs




Instruction language

Tuition (RMB)


Cultivating and distinguishing of herbal medicines

4 weeks






The management of wild animals and natural reserves

4 weeks






Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture

4 weeks




Animal nutrition

4 weeks

Bilingual in C& E



Chinese tea culture and Mount Mengding tea ceremonies

4 weeks






Design of bamboo theme parks

4 weeks

Bilingual in C& E



Study on floral resources in Southwest China

3 weeks




Landscape architecture in Sichuan

3 weeks




International business

4 weeks




Study on Chinese agriculture and food industry

4 weeks




Production technology of Edible fungi

4 weeks


7, 400


6, 400


Sichuan Cuisine

3 weeks

Bilingual in C& E



Chinese Martial Arts Training

4 weeks

Bilingual in C& E


3. Medical Insurance: 800 Yuan/year

4. Accommodation: 5,2007,000 Yuan/2-bed room/year; 600700 Yuan/2-bed room/month

5. Estimated cost of living (For your reference)        

Basic textbooks: Charged according to the actual cost (approximately 500 Yuan/year)

Residence Permit: approximately 400 Yuan/year

Physical Examination: approximately 180~400 Yuan

Meals: approximately 12,000 Yuan/year

Transportation and other miscellaneous costs: approximately 3,000 Yuan/year

★Notes:A Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Program for International Students in China is provided for the scholarship students in China in case of hospitalization for serious diseases and accidental injuries. Please link to find the details (Scheme 2).


VIII. Accommodation

Room type


Accommodation fee (RMB)

Long-term program

Short-term program

Standard room

Bathroom, furniture, broadband internet access, 2 beds

5, 200 yuan/room/year

600 yuan/room/month

5, 200 yuan/bed/year

300 yuan/bed/month

Air-conditioner, refrigerator, microwave oven, bathroom, furniture, broadband internet access, 2 beds

7, 000 yuan/room/year

700 yuan/room/month

3, 500 yuan/bed/year

350 yuan/bed/month

      There is a bathroom, broadband internet access, furniture for each room in the student apartment. Air-conditioners are installed in some of the rooms. There are also water boilers, and public showers in the apartment. For each room, there is a fixed amount of free water and electricity, and the extra amount will be paid by students themselves.


IX. Visa Application and Registration

    Successful applicants should bring their personal and ordinary passport, Admission Notice, Visa Application Form (JW202), and original Form of Physical Examination Record for Foreigners as well as other original documents of physical examination to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China, and apply for student visa. Students shall come to International Students Office, Sichuan Agricultural University for registration during the dates indicated on the Admission Notice with the aforementioned documents.

    A study period of 6 months and above requires an ordinary passport and X1 visa. Accepted applicants need to exchange their X1 visas to a Residence Permit at the local Exit and Entry Administration of Public Security Bureau, within 30 days of arrival in China. If your period of study is less than half a year, you may apply for an X2 visa.


X. Three campuses

    Ya’an Campus is located in Ya’an city, the famous hometown of giant pandas. Ya’an is also an important birthplace of tea culture and the earliest artificial tea planting areas in the world. Winding Fengjiang River separates the campus into the Old campus and the New campus. There are the School History Exhibition Hall and the Animal Specimen Hall in the Old campus. In the east part of the New Campus, there stands the Laoban Hill, where flowers can be seen all the year round and develops into a public garden in Ya’an; there are the Animal Farms and the Experimental Farmland in the west of the New campus.

    Chengdu Campus is situated in Wenjiang District of Chengdu. Chengdu, honored as “A Land of Abundance”, is the largest city in the west China and the capital city of Sichuan province. Wenjiang, with the title of the International Garden Town, is near to the Taoist holy place—Mount Qingcheng. The campus is only 15 minutes’ drive to the first-ring area of Chengdu and 20 minutes’ drive to Shuangliu International Airport. Chengdu Campus is established as a high-level research platform of scientific and technological innovation.

    Dujiangyan Campus adjoins the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, the world natural and cultural heritage site. It is also near to the Taoist holy place—Mount Qingcheng. The garden-style campus, characteristic of Western Sichuan Folk-dwelling Houses, stands at the foot of Lingyan Hill, separated by the Yangliu River and surrounded by the Lingyan River. In the west of the campus, there is the Lingyan Intership Forest Farm (80 ha), green with abundant trees and birds.


XI. Contact Information

     Address of International Student Office:

     Room 721, Administration Building 1,

     No.211 Huimin Road, Wenjiang District, Chengdu city, Sichuan province, P.R.China

     Zip Code: 611130

     Tel: +86-28-86293221,+86-28-86293219,+86-835-2882969

     Fax: +86-28-86293221


     Website of the International Office:

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