Study at Southwest University
SWU Doctoral Degree Programs (for Self-financed Students)

SWU Doctoral Degree Programs

Reasons for Choosing to Study at SWU

►A national key comprehensive university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.

►One of the “211 project” universities (top 100 universities in the 21th century gaining preferential support in the construction and development from the Central Government of China).

►Strong discipline profile: 12 disciplinary categories, 100 PhD degree programs of the first class disciplines, 44 master’s degree programs of the first class disciplines, 107 bachelor’s degree programs.

►Strong faculty profile: over 2800 full time teachers, nearly 1700 professors and associate professors (including research fellows), over 300 PhD supervisors, over 1300 master’s degree tutors.

►Less expenses: Studying at SWU Chongqing costs you much less because the consumption level in Chongqing is comparatively much lower than in most other cities in China, and the tuition fee at SWU is comparatively lower than that at many other universities in China.

►Delicious food: Chongqing cuisine is popular with people from all over the world for its beautiful outlook, fragrant smell, and good taste.

►Ideal studying environment: National famous garden-style campus located near Jialing River and Jinyun Mountain.

Study Duration: 4 years

Applicant Eligibility

►Non-Chinese citizen in good health

►High school graduate or above

► Under the age of 45

English-taught Majors (Click here)

Application Documents

1. Application Form for Southwest University (For mail-in application ONLY).

2. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport.

3. A passport-style photo taken within 6 months.

4. Photocopies of the highest diploma, graduation certificate or diploma certificate attained. University students or employed applicants should provide proof of studying or employment. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must provide notarized translations in Chinese or English.

5. Transcripts of previous academic record. Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.

6. Photocopy of the Physical Examination Record for Foreigners (Please keep the original for visa application).

7. Language proficiency certificates: Photocopy of HSK certificate or other certificates of Chinese proficiency.

8. Study or Research plan.

9. Two recommendation letters from professors or associate professors. Recommendation letters should have the employment institution, contact information and signature of professors or associate professors.

10. Published academic papers or other academic achievements (original or photocopy, if any).


1.    For online application, please prepare all materials in JPEG or PDF format.

2.    For music or fine arts applicants, please submit two works via CD.

3.   For English-taught program applicants, please complete all the materials in English and provide certificates of English proficiency like IELTS/net-based TOFEL.

Application Procedures

A. Online Application

1. Log onto and register at or

2. Download the Foreigner Physical Examination Form, complete it and take physical examination at a local public hospital. All sections must be completed and the form must include one certificate photo with a seal or stamp that covering the margin of the photo, the signature of the physician and the official stamp of the medical service. The record is valid for 6 months.

3. Log onto the website and enter the information and upload the documents as requested.

4. Confirm all information and submit.

5. Transfer application fee (500 yuan) upon the conditional offer.

B. Mail-in Application

1. Download the Application Form for Southwest University and the Foreigner Physical Examination Form at, or collect them from the International Students Admission Office of Southwest University.

2. Complete the Foreigner Physical Examination Form and undergo a physical examination at a local public hospital (requirements are the same as those specified in item 2 above).

3. Prepare the other application documents requested and send the full application package to the International Students Admission Office of Southwest University.

4. Transfer application fee (500 yuan) upon the conditional offer.

Note: Application fee is non-refundable.

Application Date Window

March 1st to June 15th every year

Accommodation Information

►Double-bed room: 5000 yuan/semester, 9000 yuan/year

►Single-bed room: 7000 yuan/semester, 12000 yuan/year

►Four-bed room: 6000 yuan/year

Note: International students can rent room on/off the campus with the help of International College.

Tuition and Fees

Application fee500 yuan


Liberal Arts: 34000 yuan/year

Science: 37000 yuan/year

Arts: 39000 yuan/year


Medical Insurance: 800 yuan/year

Bank Account Information

Name of the account: Southwest University

Name of the bank: Bank of China, Chongqing Beibei branch 

Bank account number: 0000 1102 0510 3057

Bank code: BKCHCNBJ59A

Address of the bank: Beibei District, Chongqing, P. R. China

Zip Code: 400700

Contact Information

International Students Admission Office, Southwest University

Address: No. 2 Tiansheng Road, Beibei District Chongqing, P. R. China

Zip Code: 400715

Tel: +86-23-6836-6001



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