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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences(中国科学院大学)

History of UCAS

Located in Beijing, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences was established with the approval of Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Its predecessor,  Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS), was the first graduate school in China. UCAS graduated the PRC’s first doctoral student in science, first doctoral student in engineering, first female doctoral student, and first student with double doctoral degrees. In June 2012, GUCAS was renamed UCAS. Now UCAS includes campuses located at four locations (Yuquanlu, Zhongguancun, the Olympic Village, and Yanqi Lake), and has provided high quality education to over 170000 students.


UCAS is administered and managed by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), established in 1949. Comprising more than 100 institutes, CAS is China's highest academic institution in the Natural Sciences, the highest-ranking consulting institution in science and technology, the preeminent research and development center for the Natural Sciences and high technology, and the most important base in the training of advanced scientific talents.

International Cooperation

Based on CAS and its extensive international network of scientific cooperation, UCAS has established close ties and partnerships with Harvard University, MIT, Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bristol , Munich University of Technology, the University of California-Santa Barbara, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Australian National University, Sorbonne University (Paris), Univeristé PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres), the University of Toronto, the National University of Singapore, the Royal Society, the Max Planck Society (Germany), the National Center for Scientific Research (France), the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, as well as many other world-renowned universities. UCAS is also a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and has also co-founded the Sino-Danish College in China with the Danish Ministry of Science and Education and eight Danish public universities, and has established the ICTP-AP with UNESCO. Supported by the Kavli Foundation of the United States, UCAS has also founded a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences, one of the 20 Kavli institutes across the world. To help promote education in Belt andRoad countries, UCAS has been involved in international projects, including ANSO fellowship and the CAS “The Belt andRoad”Master fellowship program.

For Better Students, For Better Future

Embracing the motto“Knowledge, Devotion, Investigation, Virtue”, continuingthe CAS tradition of “Science, Democracy, Patriotism and Dedication”, and promoting a work ethic of “Practicality, Truth-seeking, Cooperation, and Innovation”, UCAS pays great attention toand focuses on helping students lay a solid foundation for future scientific research in addition to developing a spirit of innovation, a down-to-earth character, and a sense of social responsibility. Simultaneously and concurrently, in its development as a comprehensive national science center, UCAS is reaching further to explore its unique path and vision in the fusion of scientific research and education, aiming to createand construct a top world-class innovative university by 2050.


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1.  Introduction

The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) accepts international students through over 20 UCAS faculties and over 100 institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Doctoral programs commonly last for 3-4 years. Certificates of graduation and degrees will be awarded to those who have met the requirements of graduation and degree conferment.

2. General Conditions for Applicants

(1) Non-Chinese citizens.

(2) Be in good health, of good character, and willing to abide by China's laws and decrees, as well as UCAS’s rules and regulations

(3) Holding a Master's degree or its equivalent.

(4) English proficiency is required.

3. Application Guideline


You should verify that you meet ALL the requirements specified in the “General conditions for applicants” section of this call.


See here for a list of eligible supervisors affiliated with UCAS faculties/CAS institutes.

Once you find an eligible professor of your interest, you must contact him/her, send an explanatory e-mail together with your CV, research proposal and any other required documents to him/her, and indicate that you wish to pursue doctoral degree at UCAS.


Applications shall be submitted via the Online Application System for International Students of UCAS (here). Please prepare and upload the following materials to the system.

  Personal information page of ordinary passport

The passport shall have at least 2 years validity. According to Article 3 of the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China, any individual who was a Chinese national and then acquired a foreign nationality shall provide a Certificate of Cancellation of Chinese Household registration.

  Recent full-face bust photo with 2-inch

It is best to upload the photo used for passport.

  Complete CV with a brief introduction of research experience;

  Foreigner Physical Examination Form

  Master’s and Bachelor degree certificates

Applicants having just completed or about to complete their Master’s degree should provide an official pre-graduation certificate showing their student status and stating their expected graduation date. They are required to submit Master’s degree certificates to the International Students Office of UCAS via their host institute before they are enrolled at UCAS.

  Master’s and Bachelor degree’s transcripts

  Detailed research proposal

  Title pages and abstracts of published papers (if have)

If you have more than 5 papers, please upload no more than 5 of representative papers. Please DO NOT upload any unpublished paper.

  TWO reference letters

The referees shall be familiar with you and your work, NOT to be your host supervisor. The letters should be signed, dated on official headed paper with contact phone number and email address of the referees.

  Certificate of financial support (or complete the scholarship application procedure to UCAS)

For those who a. have already got financial support, please attach the certificate of financial support; b. are applying to study by self-support, please attach the affidavit of support from guarantors and a bank statement; c. are applying for scholarship program(s) to UCAS, please complete the scholarship application procedure(s).

  Bank Receipt of Application Processing Fee


After reviewing your online application from the step of UCAS faculties/CAS institutes, the online system will automatically send an email to the supervisor to explain how to log in the system and what to do in the system.

Please note:

a One applicant can only have one account in the Online Application System. Please DO NOT apply for more than one account. Otherwise, your applications may not be processed.

b. All uploaded documents should be in Chinese or in English; otherwise notarial translations in Chinese or English are required. Once translated, the original documents and their notarial translations are required to submit together to the application system. Please use a scanner to prepare all the required documents in colour. Images captured by mobile phone or camera are not acceptable. Copies are also not acceptable.

c. The university has the right to request applicants to provide the original or notarial hardcopies of their application documents for further qualification checks if the uploaded documents are insufficient. Applicants shall guarantee all the information and application documents submitted in this application are authentic and accurate, otherwise they will be disqualified from admission.

d. Application with incomplete documents, lack of some required documents or wrong personal information will not be processed.

e. The applicant cannot apply to more than one institute/school and supervisor.

f. Please choose major, host supervisor and host institute cautiously before submission. After enrolment at UCAS, applications for the change of these items are seldom considered.

g. Please DO NOT send any hardcopy of application materials directly to the International Students Office of UCAS. None of the application documents will be returned.

h. The Chinese Government Scholarship, ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents and UCAS Scholarship for International Students do not request for application processing fee.

i. Processing fee is non-refundable in any case.

j. Please prepare your application carefully. After submission, none will be returned to you for modifications.


Tuition Fees

Liberal Arts: RMB 34,000/year;
All Other Disciplines: RMB 40,000/year;

Financial Aids

● Chinese Government Scholarship

The Chinese Government Scholarship sponsor international students to study at Chinese universities. The scholarship offers fee waivers of admission application and tuition, health insurance, on-campus accommodation, etc. Please refer to the website of the China Scholarship Council (http://www.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/) for detailed introduction, qualifications of applicants and application procedure.

UCAS is one of the Chinese Government Scholarship universities. Eligible applicants may apply to the China Scholarship Council with recommendation from related national official departments and Embassies or Consulates of the People's Republic of China. The scholarship application usually starts in November and ends in the following April, but please be noted of deadline variations for different countries. The International Students Office of UCAS will offer pre-admission notice if needed.

Applicants may submit application via UCAS (see http://english.ucas.ac.cn/ for detailed information and application procedure). But this is only for a small number of excellent international students who are not currently studying in China.

● ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents

The program offers full scholarship for international students from all over the world to pursue graduate education at UCAS. It provides tuition and application processing fee waivers and living allowance, health insurance and international travel subsidy. Please refer to the UCAS website at http://english.ucas.ac.cn/ for detailed information and application procedure.

● UCAS Scholarship for International Students

The program offers full scholarship for international students to pursue graduate education at UCAS. It provides tuition fee waiver, health insurance and living allowance. Please refer to the UCAS website at http://english.ucas.ac.cn/ for detailed information and application procedure.

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UCAS Education: "The Fusion of Scientific Research and Education"

UCAS espousesthe philosophy of "TheFusion of Scientific Research and Teaching" as its basic system of education.  The fusion of UCAS and CAS institutes in terms of management, education, faculty, training, and scientific research is fully supported and facilitated by and under the auspices of CAS. Most CASinstitutes shoulder the main responsibilities of graduate education, and also provide tutors, practice,and experience bases for UCAS undergraduates.  A high-level CAS institute and supported by several other relevant CAS institutes typically oversee all amalgamated UCAS schools of science and engineering. The leading institute is the first party of responsibility, its juridical person serving as the dean or executive vice dean who takescomprehensive control of all education and management affairs. All colleges are organizationally structuredas either“College-Teaching and Research Sector” or “College-Department”educational bodies.  As of December, 2019, UCAS had 58 teaching and research institutes, including 40 in Beijing and 18 in other cities in the PRC. UCAS has also established 19 affiliated hospitals.

UCAS boasts a team of highly qualified faculty consisting of distinguished professors from CAS institutes, strong at both education and scientific research. UCAS also provides first-class research conditions for students to conduct scientific research. As of the end of 2019, UCAS had about 3,000 professors, 11,257 supervisors, including 161 CAS Members and 6786 doctoral supervisorsfrom three national research centers (or labs), 77 national key labs, 189 CAS key labs, 31 national engineering research centers (labs) and various national frontier scientific research projects.  This outstanding faculty are, thus, able to provide a grand and vast educational platform for students to engage in scientific research.

Being the largest graduate educational institution, the main task of UCAS has long been graduate education.  As of December 2019, UCAS had over 51,000 postgraduate students enrolled, 52% of which are doctoral students; 1,620 undergraduates; and 1,734 international students, of whom1,055 were doctoral students.

UCAS is authorized to confer all Master’s and doctorate degreesinthe scientific disciplines,as well as 90% degrees in engineering disciplines. UCAS is also authorized to confer professional Master's degree in such disciplinesas engineering, business administration, finance, applied statistics, applied psychology, translation and interpreting, agricultural extension, pharmacy, engineering management, and public management. From 1978 to 2019, UCAS had conferred degrees on 171,526 students, including 83,561 Ph.D., 87,367 Master’s, and 598 Bachelor’s degrees.  137 UCAS graduates were elected Full and Emeritus Members of CAS and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Buttressed by the cutting-edge research advantages and superior CAS human resources, UCAS is committed to building itself into a world-class university. According to the Essential Science Indicators report released in January 2020, UCAS ranked 76th worldwide, and 1st among the PRC’s universities.  Among the 22 lists ranked by research fields, UCAS figured in the top 1?  in the fields of materials science and chemistry, the top 1‰ in seven fields, including materials science, chemistry, environment/ecology, engineering, plant & animal science, agricultural sciences, and geosciences, and the top 1% in 18 fields.