Founded in 1902, Northwest University (NWU) in Xi'An is one of the leading
comprehensive universities and also one of the oldest institutions of learning
in Northwest China. Located in the ancient Chinese capital city of Xi'an,
the university covers an area of 55 hectares with a total floor space of
290,000 square meters. Moreover, Northwest University is listed in the
Encyclopedia Britannica as a world-famous Chinese university. The university
also has a publishing house named Northwest University Press, an academic
periodical called Journal of Northwest University, and a modern education
Nowadays, the university is increasingly focused on international academic
and personal exchanges. When China started to reform in 1978, the university
began to established cooperation and exchange relations with nearly 30 institutions
of higher education in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, France,
Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Northwest University has held more than 20 international academic
conferences and sent abroad more than 500 scholars to pursue advanced studies,
give lectures, collaborate on scientific research and participate in international
conferences. Currently, there are 19,000 students at the university, including
more than 180 international students from 12 countri
The Northwest University has 21 colleges and departments, including 69
undergraduate programs, 69 masters programs and 46 doctoral programs.
Since 1965, the university has accepted more than 5,000 international
students. All specialties at Northwest are open to international students
provided they have met the university's acceptance requirements.
One of the most famous colleges is the College of International Cultural
Exchanges (CICE), which was established in 1922 and is responsible for
the admission of overseas students. CICE also offers degree and non-degree
courses in Mandarin Chinese language. The courses in non-degree programs
can be 4 and 8 weeks in length, as well as one semester and one year in
length, and where the number of students in each class is at least 15.
The main courses include Chinese listening, speaking, writing, grammar
and reading. Optional elective courses are held in the afternoon which
can include calligraphy, painting, folk music, taiji boxing, Chinese music,
Buddhist art, and etc.
The Northwest University focuses on teaching and research and it has
achieved a good balance between the arts and science. There are more
than 2,300 faculty and staff members, among whom 600 are professors and
associate professors. In addition, there are also more than 30 tutors
for Master Degree candidates. Most of them have been educated abroad
and have received many awards from China and other countries, including
Special National Award for Excellent Teaching Result, National Award for
Excellent Teaching Result, and Provincial Award for Excellent Teaching
The Chinese Language and Culture Department at Northwest University has
highly qualified and experienced teachers to teach Chinese language and
culture to foreign students. All teachers have the Teaching Qualification
Certificates issued by the Ministry of Education. The department has
more than 30 members in the International Chinese Language Department.
The teachers are all expert native Chinese speakers who have advanced
teaching methods and who have made great teaching contributions.
The library contains over 2.2 million volumes of books and has
a massive collection of periodicals and journals. Northwest University
Library is the largest library in Northwest China and it covers
an area of 15,000 square meters. The collection includes history,
economics, science and technology, business and foreign language
books. There are many precious books and documents in its collection.
The library also provides computer rooms where students can use
the internet, print, send fax and photocopy facilities. The academic
computing center is very useful to support the students academic
program needs. The Foreign Book Stack Room stores 175,000 volumes
of books and over 40,000 volumes from 1,200 periodicals. Books
on natural science, engineering, history, philosophy, literature,
economics, arts, are available in many languages. These collections,
praised as "a small encyclopedic treasury", play an important role
in the university's academic and research projects.
Overseen by knowledgeable support staff, this facility provides
network and internet access for academic programs, professional
and personal research. The library web page provides easy access
to the local catalog of Northwest university's library holdings.
The web page also provides links to online databases and other information
The online databases provide full text articles as well as citations
to other articles. All of the databases are available to registered
Northwest University students from computers on campus or any computer
globally that is connected to the internet. Many other resources
are available at the library web page. Reference staff are available
for consultation for any information needs. The library has attracted
a large number of visitors including many state leaders and well-known
domestic and overseas scholars and experts.
The Northwest University provides various student activities centers,
athletic field, basketball courts, tennis courts, table tennis room,
piano room, gymnasium, etc. for students use. There are also some
bars and karaoke near the campus. A visit to the world-famous Terracotta
Army in Xi'an should not be missed.
Washing facilities are provided on each floor of international
student dormitories.Students can buy a magnetic card to use these
machines. A Laundromat on campus offers dry cleaning service, while
a bigger one is located outside near the campus gate.
A Chinese clinic is located inside campus. Open 24 hours a day
with Chinese speaking staff and providing Chinese medicine. Shaanxi
Provincial People's Hospital is just 1.75 km southeast of campus.
As the biggest hospital in Xi'an, this hospital has foreign and
Chinese doctors. Well-stocked pharmacies provide Western medicine
and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) ingredients. It is open
24 hours and payment can be made by cash or card.
Food & Groceries
The dining room offers various kinds of food, including Muslim
food such as baked beef and mutton, buns with beef and other such
regional dishes. Students can eat delicious food at a low price
for just around 13 RMB per day. For other options, there are a
lot of Western, Korean and Japanese restaurants nearby.
A convenience store is also located on campus, which sells various
kinds of food, drinks and some household items. A larger grocery
store is located near the campus and serves customers from morning
A post office is located opposite the west gate of the Northwest
University. It is open Monday to Saturday and serves people who
want to send international and domestic mail, and also pick up packages
The international student dormitories offer single and double rooms.
Every room is equipped with a bathroom, fan, TV set, telephone and
heating central system. Kitchen, refrigerator, washing facilities,
public phone and hot drinking water are provided on each floor.
Students need to pay additional fee if they use more than 40 units/month
of electricity. Internet access is available in every room for
an additional cost.
From the airport to the university: 1 hour by car
From the train station to the university: 20 minutes by car