Located in Shapingba District, Chongqing, Sichuan International Studies University (SISU) is a full time regular undergraduate university. It aims to cultivate high quality foreign language professionals and professionals in foreign-related fields. It is the most important research center of foreign languages and cultures, foreign trade and business, and international relations in Southwestern China.
Located in the famous Gele Mountain scenic resort in Chongqing, SISU is at the foot of Gele Mountain by the Jialing River. The campus environment is elegant, classical and naturally beautiful. It is a garden-style unit named by Chongqing Municipal Government and also a famous harmonious ecological campus in Chongqing.
Making full use of its advantages of foreign language education, SISU develops related disciplines, such as literature, economics, management, law, pedagogy, philosophy and the liberal arts. It offers 1 first-level doctor's degree, 2 first-level master’s degree, and undergraduate degrees in 36 programs or professional degree. It offers 11 foreign language courses and 36 undergraduate majors. It is engaged in education on different levels and in different forms, embracing undergraduate education, post-graduate education, doctor-postgraduate education, international student education, continuing education and intensified training courses. It has 5 “A-class key disciplines” at the provincial level (including 3 first-level key disciplines and 2 second-level key disciplines), 4 “Priority Programs” at the state level and 8 “Priority Programs” of Chongqing Municipality.
SISU boasts a strong faculty of devoted, qualified and experienced teachers with a high academic level. Some of the teachers have been recognized as “model teachers” and “model educators” of the state level or national “May Day Prize” winners. Some have been granted the title of “experts with outstanding contributions” at the provincial level; some are famous teachers of the provincial level; and some have been granted the title of “Chongqing’s model workers” or “excellent teachers of Chongqing” and other titles of honor.
Prospective Students and Graduates
At present, there are 13,000 students studying in SISU. It has enrolled students from 28 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities all over China. The cultivation program aims to promote deep integration of professional teaching and foreign teaching by balancing knowledge and practice. SISU’ mission is to “cultivate high quality foreign language professionals with a broad international perspective, strong communication skills and the ability for creative and critical thinking”. It has 5 experimental centers for the development of a new mode of intellectual cultivation, 3 experimental teaching demonstration centers, 1 postgraduate education innovation center, and 1 professional-degree educational reform center. For years, graduates from SISU are widely praised by all circles of the society for their excellent foreign language competence and strong communication abilities.
SISU has 3 key academic research centers for humanity and social studies at the provincial level: “the Center for Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies”, “the Center for Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies”, and “the Research Center for International Business and Economy”. It has international and regional research center sponsored by the Ministry of Education i.e. the center for German Studies, the training and research center for studying abroad. It also has the “Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Foreign Language Learning” and “the Key Laboratory for Multi-lingual Corpus Linguistics”. It has established over 20 research institutes, including “Research Institute for Foreign Language Education and Resources” and “Research Institute for Lexicography Studies”. Foreign Language and Literature, a journal published by the University, is a “national core journal in Chinese”, it is one of China’s top 100 journals in social sciences, and it is an “A-class priority journal” supported by Chongqing Municipality.
Inter-college exchanges have been established between SISU and about 80 universities around the world. Extensive cooperation and exchanges have been going on between SISU and other Chinese or foreign colleges in the training of teachers and education of teachers and the education of undergraduates and postgraduates. The University is the only formal member unit of Chinese members of Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). In cooperation with education institutions of the other countries, SISU has set up some foreign language centers on its campus, such as Alliance Française de Chongqing, the Goethe Language Center, the Russian Language Center, the Cervantes Institute, the South Korean Center, and the Consortium of University of Toulouse, France at China Office, and it has established Confucius Institutes at Lome University of Togo, Nizhniy Novgorod Language University of Russia and University of West Florida of America. Cooperating with the University of Newcastle, Australia, SISU is one offering an “International dual-degree” joint program in Business English.
Materials and Resources
The teaching facilities in SISU are complete and advanced. The University has classroom with multimedia facilities and sound labs for foreign language teaching, translation and oral interpretation-the best in southwestern China. The University library boasts a collection of more than 1.6 million books which include foreign language and literature works published in foreign countries, reference books and dictionaries on language studies. In addition, the library subscribes to about 3,000 periodicals in both Chinese and foreign languages.
Taking advantage of its language competence, SISU has graduated many talented professionals to lift the level of internationalization and social civilization of Chongqing, to create more economic environment and to facilitate the internationalization and diversified development of Chongqing industries. Volunteers from SISU were frequently seen at many international and domestic grand events and other foreign events in Chongqing, offering foreign guests, entrepreneurs and journalists the services of reception, translation and interpretation, contact, coordination and guide. Their performance and services were greatly appreciated by the domestic and foreign friends. Since its establishment, the graduates from SISU have worked all over the world. They have made a great contribution to the development of society and national economy, foreign exchanges and cooperation, national diplomatic affairs as well as playing a a crucial role in developing the friendship between the Chinese people and the people in other countries and regions.
SISU warmly welcome international students from all over the world to come to SISU to continue studies.