BA International Relations

General

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Program Description

China’s economic growth has coincided with rapid globalisation over the past three decades. As this growth continues there is a need for a more specialised understanding of the country’s growing socio-economic interactions with the rest of the world.

The BA International Relations programme aims to deepen such knowledge and understanding, and to produce the entrepreneurial and managerial leaders of the future who will bring China to the world and the world to China.

Through the interdisciplinary study of the interconnectedness of politics, economics and law in global affairs, the programme examines relationships between nation-states, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and multinational corporations within the international framework.

While the programme focuses on China in an international context, all students will spend one semester studying abroad in the country of their choice during their studies.

Why Should I Study International Relations at XJLTU?

  • Live in China, the perfect place to gain a unique understanding of the country's place in the world;
  • Learn another language with Spanish or Japanese available as additional languages if the required standard of Chinese and English is reached;
  • Specialise in the study of one other country and spend one semester there as part of your programme;
  • Undertake a significant piece of independent research based on your Semester of International Experience;
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and Skills

By the time you graduate from the BA International Relations, you will have:

  • an appreciation of other countries and societies, through both study and lived experience in a country of specialisation;
  • the specialist knowledge of China’s interactions with other parts of the world, other countries’ involvement with China, and world structures of business, trade, and investment;
  • an understanding of the principal concepts of the humanities and social sciences, as well as a range of theories of knowledge in international relations and international political economy;
  • advanced analytical, critical thinking, cross-cultural, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • practical experience in research and policy analysis.

Modules

Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

Compulsory modules:

Year Three

Year Four

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Careers

Graduates from this programme are well prepared for positions related to China’s international socio-economic interactions, both in China and in other countries of the world. Graduates may find employment in a range of sectors including government, development, business and trade relations, and international social mobility.

Fees

International students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All international who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount

Join a free Chinese language course

We now offer a free summer Chinese language course for all undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their degree in September 2020.

Choose from a two-week, four-week or six-week language course.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao students who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students who apply to XJTLU through the Joint Entrance Examination on the governmental online application system (Education Examination Authority of Guangdong Province) will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Mainland Chinese students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Entry Requirements

International students

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan may apply with the following:

  • A minimum grade of 400 on the Joint Entrance Examination to Chinese Universities for Overseas Chinese Students and Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, or
  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) ranking of at least the top 50 per cent for 4 subjects, including English and Maths. For detailed information see information in Chinese.

English language requirements

For international applicants, if you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.5 or above will take five credits EAP.

"The BA in International Relations will provide you with critical insight into China's increasingly prominent role in the world economy and global political arena, and its growing importance and influence on the international stage."

Stephen Long
Programme Director

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the apply link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.

You may log-in to view your application form at any time.

For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less