Starting from 2008, Academic Education Programs sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China is designed to foster high-end business officials and managerial personnel for developing countries, offering one-year and two-year master programs as well as three-year doctoral programs for the purpose of educating high-end and inter-disciplinary talent working in the applied fields of government, trade, foreign affairs, agriculture, technology, education, culture and health, building intellectual capacity and facilitating the economic and social development of the recipient countries. These programs mainly offer assistance to working governmental officials, research fellows, and senior managerial personnel on their master and doctor education in China, which are fully conducted in English. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, relevant working experiences, and decent physical conditions, essential for the high-compact curriculum needed for the degrees.
Since September 2015, Wuhan University has undertaken the Master Program in International Law and Chinese Law. Over 97 students have been admitted to the program, of which 20 students are studying in our university now. This program is designed for non-Chinese citizens. The purpose is to educate application-oriented foreign affairs talents who has a broad international horizon, good legal professional ethics, a systematic mastery of International Law and Chinese Law and use English proficiently as a working language to offer legal service to foreign enterprises in China, overseas Sino-foreign joint ventures, state departments, enterprises and public institutions and foreign law firms. The programs are playing a more and more important role in stimulating economic cooperation between China and students’ home countries, which the host governments are attaching great attention to this program.
As for the positive effects and good results brought by these programs in strengthening economic ties and friendship between China and the recipient countries, the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China will continuously intensify its efforts in enlarging the enrollment scale and improving the quality of education. We believe that by attending the program and achieving the degree, the outstanding young people of all countries will become leaders in the field of law, and make a friendship bridge between your countries and China.
Our prospective students are mid-to-senior level officials or managers from the government, the media, NGOs, and other public sectors, who have demonstrated superior performance, both academically and in their work. By the time of matriculation, each must have obtained an undergraduate bachelor's degree.
The program is to, in advanced theory and application, prepare professional and versatile talents who can be independently engaged in research and teaching of International Law, master the basics of law systematically and expertise of International Law and Chinese Law deeply and comprehensively and specialize in some fields of International Law.
(4) Admission Plan
In 2020, we have planned to enroll up to 20 students in our master program, for Intentional Law and Chinese Law major. Study period is two years. The teaching language is English.
(5) Financial Aid
Ministry of Commerce of P.R.C. will provide "Chinese Government Scholarships" to admitted students from developing countries. These scholarships cover tuition, management, basic living expenses and round-trip international airfares for the students, etc. The Scholarship coverage and criteria are as follows:
a. Exemption from tuition fees, teaching material fees, research and investigation fees, English teaching subsidy, graduation thesis guidance fees.
b. Free accommodation inside campus.
c. living expenses, 36000RMB/year/person for the master program.
d. A one-off settlement allowance of 3000RMB/person.
e. Comprehensive medical insurance which is purchased by the university for students.
f. Round-trip international airfare. It covers one round-trip international airfare and one round-trip international airfares for home visits for the students of 2-year schooling length.
g. The Scholarship qualification will be evaluated annually, and those students who meet the standards of achievement assessment will continue to receive a full scholarship the following year.
h. Other expenses shall be administered and used by the Ministry of Commerce or the university, and shall not be distributed to the students. The Ministry of Commerce only provides students with financial support within the schooling year, which is stated in the admission notice, and students will not receive further funding for deferment.
2. University Introduction
(1) About Wuhan University
Wuhan University (WHU) is a comprehensive and key national university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education. It is one of the "211 Project" and "985 Project" universities with full support in the construction and development from the central and local government of China, while it is also one of the first batch of "double-first-class" construction of universities. It is located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province. The university features spectacular natural surroundings with the scenic Luojia Hill in it and the beautiful East Lake by its side. The University dates back to Ziqiang Institute, which was founded in 1893 by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty after the Qing Government approved his memorial to the throne. Later, its name changed for several times before it was named National Wuhan University in July 1928. By the end of 1946, the university had six colleges, i.e., the colleges of liberal arts, law, sciences, engineering, agriculture and medicine. Wuhan University had a glorious innovative tradition and enjoyed a very high academic prestige.
With the approval of the State Council of China, new Wuhan University was founded on August 2nd, 2000 with amalgamation of four first-rate universities original Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electrical Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, and Hubei Medical University. At present, Wuhan University has 34 schools in 6 faculties, including 5 National Key first-rate disciplines, 17 National Key second-rate disciplines, 6 National Key Disciplines, it covers 12 areas, namely philosophy, Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Management and Art, with 123 bachelor degree programs, 58 master degree programs and 47 doctoral degree programs for first-rate discipline. There are 38 programs fully delivered in English.
The University now has more than 50,000 students, including over 26,000 graduates and 3000 international students. The teaching staff consists of more than 3,700 teachers, including 2,900 or so professors and associate professors, 8 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 6 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 3 academicians of the international Eurasian Academy of Sciences, 7 well-known senior scholars of arts and social sciences, 22 lead scientists of the National 973 Project, 6 domain experts of the National 863 Project, 4 national creation and research teams, 65 gainers of the National Excellent Young Scientists Fund and 15 nationally outstanding teachers.
There are numbers of large well-equipped teaching buildings, laboratories, gymnasiums, sports grounds, swimming pools, archive buildings and a specimen building. It has 4 state-level key laboratories, 2 national research centers of engineering, 7 national research centers for humanities and social sciences, 10 national bases for basic science talent development, 1 national education base for cultural development of university students.
During the last ten years, the university has established relations of academic cooperation and exchanges with over 415 universities, colleges and scientific research institutions in more than 45 countries and regions.
(2) Law School of Wuhan University
Wuhan University legal science has a long history which can be traced back to Hubei Legal School established in 1908. After the Revolution of 1911, the School renamed to Hubei Public Law School. In 1926, Wuchang Sun Yat-Sen University was founded and finally it was reorganized to Wuhan National University in 1928, and the Law School is always one of the important departments. At that time, a large number of famous jurists such as Yan Shutang, Wang Shijie, Pi Zongshi, Zhou Gengsheng, Mei Ru’ao successively worked here, the Law School enjoyed its reputation at home and abroad. After the recovery of Law Faculty in 1979 and the establishment of Law School in 1986, several famous jurists successively served as the dean of Law Faculty and Law School, such as the famous jurist Professor Han Depei, the famous penologist Professor Ma Kechang, the well-known civil and commercial law expert Professor Ma Junju, the well-known international law expert Professor Yu Jinsong and Professor Zeng Lingliang, and the current dean is the well-known economic law expert Professor Feng Guo. After 40-year reconversion and development, the Law School has become a national center of legal education and research in China.
(3) Campus Environment
Wuhan University is located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province. It has four distinct seasons in mid-latitudes zone. The average annual temperature of Wuhan is 17.1℃, among which the highest average temperature is 29.3℃ in July and the lowest is 3℃ in January. Wuhan is in the middle of P. R. China with convenient transportation and reasonable price level, and it is also one of the ideal livable cities in China. Wuhan University features spectacular natural surroundings with the scenic Luojia Hill in it and the beautiful East Lake by its side. It is known as one of the most beautiful universities in China. It has convenient living conditions with high-level facilities. A variety of sports stadiums, libraries, supermarkets, banks, school clinics and other supporting facilities are fully equipped to meet the daily learning and living needs of students. The canteens in each division of the university offer high quality diet to more than fifty thousand teachers and students, and special Muslims' dishes are offered too. In the Faculty of Humanities and Science of Wuhan University, there are standard single rooms in foreign students’ dormitories. Those rooms are equipped with air-conditioners, showers, washrooms and shared kitchens. An entrance guard system is installed in the dormitory buildings. Students can enter or leave the building by swiping their student cards. Cable internet and Wifi are availble on campus.
3. Academic Project
(1) Curriculum (in the below table) and credits
Total credits for the semester must meet 26 points.
a. Degree Course：16 points
① Fundamental Compulsory Course: 6 points, Chinese Language Comprehension of 64 hours and 4 points, and Introduction to China of 32 hours and 2 points included.
② Major Compulsory Course should be no less than 10 points.
b. Elective Course: 10 points
a. Introduction to Chinese Law and Society: to introduce the basic Law System of China and the situation of China Society.
b. Global Governance and International Rule of Law: to learn the basic theories of international Law, to know the international rule of law under the global governance circumstance.
c. International Trade Law: WTO Laws; Regional Trade Agreement; Comparative Foreign Trade Law; Chinese Foreign Trade Law; and International Commercial Law.
d. International Law of Treaty: Historical Development of International Law of Treaty; Categories and Characteristics of the Current Treaties; Status and Function of treaty; Conclusion and entry of effect of treaty; Reservation of Treaty; Responsibility for Breach of Contract and Settlement of Disputes.
e. International Arbitration and Civil Procedure: the International Civil and Commercial Dispute Resolution Methods, including theory and practice of the International civil dispute lawsuit system, and of international commercial arbitration system; ADR (Alternative Disputes Reservation), etc.
f. International Environmental Law: Principle, Regulation and System of the International Environmental Problems.
a. International Intellectual Property Law: International Law Protection of the Intellectual Property.
b. Chinese Contract law： to introduce the structure of Chinese Contract Law and other relevant laws and regulations.
c. International Organization Law： Theory and Practice of the International Organization Law; Interaction of the International Organization and International Law; the Articles, Structure, Functions and Powers and Activity Programs of the International Organization; the United National Laws; International Economic Law; Regional International Organization Law; Specialized Organization Law and International Administrative Law; Relations between China and the International Organization; WTO Laws; EU Laws.
d. International Law and the Sea, the Outer Space, the Antarctic: The historical Development of Sea Laws; Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone System; Adjacent Sea and Region System; High Seas System.
e. International Investment and Financial Law: Chinese Investment Law, Comparative Investment Law and some Private Overseas Investment International Laws. Legal System of International financial transactions, international financial regulation.
f. Legal Research: To introduce the methods of law research and the writing skills of legal papers.
Curriculum Schedule of Chinese Law and International Law
Course Name in English
|Compulsory course||Fundamental course|
Comprehensive Chinese Language
A Survey of China
Introduction to Chinese Law and Society
Global Governance and International Rule of Law
International Trade Law
International Law of Treaty
International Arbitration and Civil Procedure
International Environmental Law
Course Name in English
International Intellectual Property Law
International Organization Law
International Law and the Sea, the Outer Space, the Antarctic
International Investment and Financial Law
Staff Structure: Teachers are mainly composed by professors and associate professors from Institute of International Law of Wuhan University who have background of studying abroad and excellent English skills.
(1) Teaching Methods
Course instruction is the main method, and international law courses will adopt lectures, workshops and other methods, emphasize on case teaching and encourage students to actively participate in classroom teaching. Assessment methods of compulsory courses include examination and appraisal. Appraisal is aimed to supervise and urge students to participate in course learning actively and focuses on testing students’ ability and method of using their existing theory and background knowledge to analyze, judge and resolve practical problems, and its forms may be versatile. Examination can adopt book-close examination and thesis or other forms, testing students’ abilities to understand and use their learned theoretical knowledge systematically and their abilities to conduct independent research. Both methods are chosen by teachers.
(2) Semester Arrangement
Course Schedule of LL.M. Program on Chinese Law and International Law (2021-2023)
Registration of Students
2021.09.01 – 2021.09.12
Opening Ceremony and Activities for New Students (to know about the campus, their study and living environment)
2021.09.13 – 2022.01.16
Courses in Term 1
lIntroduction to Chinese Law and Society
lGlobal Governance and International Rule of Law International Trade Law
lIntroduction to China
An hour’s Chinese Language Learning per day
2022.01.17 – 2023.02.20
2023.02.21 – 2023.06.26
Courses in Term 2
lInternational Law of Treaty
lInternational Intellectual Property Law
lInternational Organization Law
lInternational Law and the Sea, the Outer Space, the Arctic & the Antarctic
An hour’s Chinese Language Learning per day
2023.09.01 – 2023.01.31
Courses in Term 3
lInternational Arbitration and Civil Procedure
lInternational Environmental Law
lInternational Investment and Financial Law
2023.02.01 – 2023.03.14
Winter Holidays and Completion of Thesis
2023.03.15 – 2023.06.29
Completion of Thesis and Oral Defense
Graduation Ceremony and Leaving School
(4) Degree Thesis
Topics of degree thesis should locate in frontier issues with great theoretical and practical significance in the field of international law, or carry on comparative study of their own country’s or China’s legal system, which focus on reflecting students’ ability to analyze complicated legal problems in international community with integrated use of theory and knowledge. Mentor groups determine a specific mentor to guide students according to his or her topic.
Degree thesis should be reviewed by three experts with senior professional titles of associate professor or above.
(5) Degree Awarded
Students whose degree exams and elective exams are all qualified and passed the dissertation defense can be granted master’s degree of law.
1. Eligibility of Applicants
(1) Applicants, being under 45 years old (Born after Sept. 1, 1976), should be from developing countries with non-Chinese nationality and in good health.
(2) Be in good health with the health form issued by local public hospital, showing that the applicant carries no infectious diseases which may have a serious impact on public health or fall into any of the health situations prohibited by China’s Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations.. Applicants with severe illnesses or expectant mothers are not allowed to study in China, including those who have serious hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers or other serious chronic diseases, neurogenic diseases, infectious diseases and serious disability, and those who have just recovered from major surgeries, or in the acute phase of illness. Those students who become pregnant during studying in China should leave school.
(3) Bachelor Degree or above and more than 3 year work experience are required.
(4) Applicant who is on the job, as well as having a professional study or working background related to the project will be preferred.
(5) Serving as the government officials at senior level and above (or at the corresponding level), the senior managers of various organizations and enterprises, the academic backbone of universities and scientific research institutions.
(6) Be good at English, and proficient in the use of English for professional courses (Reference standard: IELTS score 6.0 and above, or new TOEFL score 80 points and above). For those who could not offer the above-mentioned standard English test results, additional oral or written English test organized by Wuhan University will be required to participate in.
Native English-speaking applicants could be exempted from providing the above English proficiency certificate.
(7) Having the potential for career development in this field and are interested in promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation between host countries and China.
(8)Those students who have studied in China or have been admitted to other Chinese government scholarship programs are not allowed to apply.
2. Application Procedures
(1) How to Apply
a. Application Online.
Firstly, register and apply online in CSC at http://www.campuschina.org/. Choose type B of scholarship program in the CSC system. Wuhan university code is 10486. Submit online the completed “Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship”, download and print the completed application form.
Secondly, register and apply online in Wuhan University at http://admission.whu.edu.cn/ for record, please choose the program of Chinese Government Scholarship, submit online the completed “Application Form for International Scholars and Students of Wuhan University”, download and print the completed application form.
① Application forms should be signed after print.
② Application forms should be pasted with required photo after print.
③ Type should be Chinese Government Scholarship programB.
④ For the Master program, Discipline is “International Law”.
(2) Materials Required
a. Application form for Chinese Government Scholarship.
b. Application Form for International Scholars and Students of Wuhan University.
c. Recommendation letter by a superior in the institution where the applicant works.
d. Recommendation letters by a professor who knows the applicant research abilities well.
e. An original copy and a photocopy need to be prepared for each degree.
f. Transcripts must list all courses taken and all scores obtained.
h. Personal statement must be written in English and be some 1000 words in length. It shall cover such essential elements as applicant’s academic background, work experience, achievements.
i. Future research plan can be written in Chinese or English. It shall entail the applicant’s study and research goals.
j. Personal passport with a minimum of one year before its expiration: photocopy of passport photo page. Do not use diplomatic or official passport.
k. Applicants who are not native English speakers or whose undergraduate education was not conducted in English shall provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores. TOEFL requires 80, IELTS requires 6.0. For those who could not offer the above mentioned standard English test results, additional oral or written English test organized by Wuhan University will be required to participate in.
l. Two recent, 2-inch, white photos.
m. The health form shall be issued within one month before the submission of application, showing that the applicant carries no infectious diseases which may have a serious impact on public health or fall into any of the health situations prohibited by China’s Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations. Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form can be downloaded from http://admission.whu.edu.cn/student_service.html. Please keep the original Physical Examination materials for the school registration.
n. Non-criminal record report in English or Chinese. The applicant shall submit a valid certificate of Non-Criminal Record issued by the local public security authority, usually issued within 6 months prior to the submission date of the application.
a. Applicants may apply for the scholarship project after receiving the approval and recommendation from the relevant Department of the Government concerned, and submit the application document according to the specific requirements of the relevant departments of the host country.
b. If the host Government allows the applicants to submit the application document directly to my embassy abroad, the applicants shall, in the relevant certificate or letter of recommendation approved by the host country for permission to study in China, submit the original paper documents and their scanned electronic documents formed in c, d and e above-mentioned to the Economic and Commercial Counselor Office(ECCO) of the Chinese Embassy in the host country.
c. The responsible department of the host Government submits a written request to the Economic and Commercial Counselor Office of Chinese Embassy for an official recommendation letter for their applicant and clearly state:
*Whether the applicant is willing to be considered for a similar program at other universities if the program at WHU are already full.
*Other special requests if any.
① All the documents to be submitted should be in Chinese or English. Otherwise, a notarized copy in Chinese or English is required.
② An original copy of degrees, transcripts and language certificates must be presented for on-site verification.
③ Applicants will get back all the hard-copy materials, both original copies and photocopies from the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office. Then the applicants should e-mail all the scanned application documents to Ms. Yuan for verification in Wuhan University. If admitted, they must take the documents to China and submit them to the School of international Education of Wuhan University during registration in early September.
④ Materials submitted to the School of international Education of Wuhan University will not be returned. For important documents such as degree certificate and transcripts, a stamped copy issued by the institution where the applicant received his/her degrees will be accepted as an alternative to the original copy. In this case, the original copy must be presented for on-site verification.
The application deadline for the master program is May 31st, 2021.
4．Admission and Registration
Scholarship winners will receive the admission package from ECCO of the Chinese Embassy before the end of August, 2021, and must register at Wuhan University before the deadline which is usually at the Beginning of September, 2021,the exact date will be specified in the admission notice.
Address: Admission office of School of International Education, Wuhan University, Hubei Province, P. R. China
Contact Person: Ms. YUAN
2. Important Statements:
(1) All the documents will not be returned after submission, no matter what the result is.
(2) Chinese Government would not do explanation to the results deliberately.
(3) Bringing spouse or other dependent for accompanying is not allowed during the students’ study in China. The scholarship will not provide any related cost.
(4) Admission documents will give guideline for visa procedures.