Tianjin Foreign Studies University (TFSU), specialized in language and cultural studies, is one of the earliest eight such designated institutions of higher learning. The university provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management.
The University has 14 colleges and departments that grant both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additionally, a number of non-degree programs are available for students in need of professional training. Altogether 31 undergraduate programs are offered between three disciplines. Among all these programs, four have won national awards, and another 12 have been awarded prizes by the local government.
Overseas students and non-collegiate persons having received equivalent education may also apply for MA candidacy. Meanwhile, TFSU is home to more than ten research centers and institute. All play a key role in the city’s research in Humanities and Social Sciences. Two magazines are published by the university: Tianjin Foreign Studies University Journal and World Culture. The former focuses on academic research, while the latter introduces different cultures among different nations. Their great popularity has continually contributed to cross-cultural communications between China and abroad.
Today, TFSU has matured into one of the city’s best universities. Its 10,000 students come from China’s 28 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions. The faculty is a richly diverse group of men and women who are leaders in their respective fields of study, among whom at least 50% (up to 90% in some majors) have experience studying or working abroad, and 22.5% have obtained Doctorate Degrees. More than half of the faculty members hold professorship, among whom 19% are graduate students’ supervisors. Each year, over 100 international experts and teachers are invited to work at the university.
Advanced teaching facilities at TFSU help students better pursue their academic goals. Multimedia facilities are accessible in over 70 classrooms, and nearly a hundred state of the art language labs offer effective aid for students with their studies. Moreover, four lecture rooms with simultaneous international-standard interpretation equipment serve various international conferences held in the city.
A satellite television receiving system, covering 11 languages and 25 international channels, provides the university with access to foreign media, while the computer network covering both campuses facilitates both education and communication throughout the university. The university library has over one million books in its collection, along with nearly one thousand different of academic journals, magazines, and newspapers for teachers and students to read. Meanwhile, the e-library has compiled more than ten databases, offering quick accesses to larger sources of information. Various sports facilities in the university enrich students’ daily lives. Both campuses have sports halls equipped with badminton and volleyball courts, gymnasiums, and swimming pools. Stadiums are also available for field games.
supports several international academic exchange programs each year. To date,
the university has established a worldwide network of international education
with over 70 higher education institutions across 18 countries to provide easy
access to overseas studies. Meanwhile, a number of Confucius Institutes are
co-sponsored by the university with Soonchunhyany University (Korea), University
of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Toulouse I (France), and Volgograd State
Pedagogical University (Russia) each playing a significant role in promoting
the world’s understanding of Chinese culture. Additionally, training facilities like the Korea’s Sejong School, Germany’s Goethe German Language Center, and the United States’ ESEC Program are provided to students for bicultural studies. International student exchange programs, such as “3+1”, “2+2”, and “4+1” programs, are also available both for Chinese students to study abroad and for overseas students to study at TFSU.
With an outstanding competency in foreign language instruction, TFSU has served society for decades by constantly getting involved in big events like the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2010 Shanghai EXPO, and the 2010 Summer Davos exhibition. In 2008, the university received the award for “Significant Contribution to Translation” issued jointly by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) and the Translators Association of China, which best demonstrates TFSU’s proficiency in translation practice. Meanwhile, TFSU has provided volunteer for various international conferences, bringing nationwide reputation for the university.
With decades of endeavors, TFSU has matured into a prominent institution of higher learning with foreign language studies taking the lead and other disciplines balancing the overall disciplinary structure. As a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that serves both the city and the entire nation, TFSU is striving for more rapid growth to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding. With each and every bit of progress, the university is growing into a stronger and more prominent participant in China’s foreign language studies and education.