Northwest A&F University is a national key university directly under the jurisdiction of Chinese Ministry of Education. It is one of the top universities in China and is supported by the central government under national "Project 211" and "Project 985" programs. These programs aim to develop a number of world-class universities in China. It is also one of the 56 universities in China having graduate school programs.
The university is located in Yangling Demonstration Zone of Agricultural Hi-tech Industries, a famous agricultural town, 80 km west of Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province. Shaanxi is one of the most important original places of Chinese civilization and enjoys the fame of its "Natural History Museum". Also in Xi'an is located one of the eight wonders of the world, "Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses". Shaanxi Province attracts more and more interest in its profound cultures and customs of people inhabiting the Loess Plateau. The university enjoys a good geographical position and an efficient transportation system. The picturesque landscape and building arrangement render the campuses all the more attractive as an ideal place for study and research.
Northwest A&F University is a comprehensive university with well-developed programs in agriculture, forestry and water resources. Fields of study cover agronomy, science, engineering, economics, management, literature, veterinary medicine, law, philosophy, history and education. The university has developed many distinctive and strong disciplines such as dry land farming, pedology, agricultural soil and water engineering, plant pathology, clinical veterinary medicine, soil and water conservation linked to desertification control, crop genetics and breeding as well as agricultural economics and management. The university supports a strong faculty and advanced instruction facilities. It has 17 colleges (departments) with 59 undergraduate programs, 105 master's programs, 71 doctoral programs and 8 post-doctoral programs. It has more than 20,000 undergraduates and about 5,000 postgraduates.
The university has established cooperative relations with over 60 universities and research institutes all over the world. More than 500 international professors and scholars from different universities and institutes from numerous countries come to visit the university and conduct academic activities annually. The list of countries sending international students to Yangling includes the United States, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, Iran etc.
Northwest A&F University is one of the universities in China qualified to accept international students and Chinese Government Scholarship sponsored students. Currently international students from Germany, Sweden, Spain, Senegal and Chad etc are studying at the university. The students with outstanding academic records may apply for the university scholarship.