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Application Guide for 2024 CUFE International Students (PhD Programs)

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Application Guide for 2024 CUFE International Students (PhD Programs)


Central University of Finance and Economics (hereafter CUFE), as one of China's key universities under the direct leadership of the Ministry of Education, enjoys the patronage of both the central and municipal governments, including the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, and Beijing municipal government. It is listed in Project 211 and also among the first universities to enter Project 985 Innovation Platform, whose objective is to promote scientific research of high-priority areas in the fields' top institutions.

CUFE is selected into the Double First Class Initiative, a national project with the goal of fostering world standards in China's universities, whose applied economics is rated A+ by the Ministry of Education in the fourth round of national academic evaluation.

CUFE is honored as “cradle of experts in the field of finance and management sectors in China”, which has trained over 160,000 high-quality talents of all levels for the national economic construction and social development.

CUFE has 39 PhD programs, which has 5 first-level disciplines of PhD programs, including applied economics, theoretical economics, business administration, statistics, and Marxist theory.

CUFE is located in Beijing, the capital of China, with convenient transportation to downtown areas.


1. Non-Chinese citizens with a master’s degree or above in good physical and mental health, generally under 40 years old.

2. The requirements set by the Document No. 12 (2020) of Ministry of Education of the PRC should be met for CUFE applicants as well.

Application Period

Round 1: November 1, 2023– March 20, 2024

Round 2: April 1, 2024 – May 15, 2024

Application Procedure

1. Submit the online application.

Sign in to CUFE International Student Service System (

2. Pay 600 RMB application fee.

Please note that payments are accepted only via the online payment system in the online application system, on which WeChat, AliPay, and foreign credit cards can be used, while wire transfers are NOT accepted. Please refer to the payment guide (

3. Initial document review.

4. Online interview.

5. Admission results released.

6. Pay a 3000 RMB deposit fee within two weeks of confirming the admission notice. The deposit fee will be deducted from the student’s total tuition.

7. Provide Affidavit of Financial Support.

List of Application Documents

Required Documents:

1. CUFE Application form (automatically generated in the CUFE International Student Service System). Please note a scanned signature needs to be uploaded.

2. Ordinary passport with personal information.

3. The master’s degree or a pre-graduation certificate stating student status, expected graduation date and school performance.

4. The academic transcripts.

5. Language proficiency certificate:

Programs offered in Chinese: HSK-5 210 or above

Programs offered in English: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, or other standardized test results/proof of English proficiency (courses certificate, etc)

6. Study plan (about 800-1000 Chinese characters).

    7. 2 recommendation letters (the recommender must be an associate professor or a scholar with a corresponding title or above).

8. The Foreigner Physical Examination Form.

9. The Non-Criminal Record (issued by the local police office).

10. The Affidavit of Financial Support (to be submitted after confirming the admission notice).

11. Master’s thesis or other thesis paper

Supplementary Documents:

1. Award certificates or other supporting documents

Important reminders on Application Documents

All application documents must be in Chinese or English; documents not in Chinese or English must be notarized and translated into Chinese or English. Application documents and application fee will NOT be returned regardless of admission results.

All documents submitted must be true, accurate, and complete. CUFE reserves the right to withdraw the admission notice or expel enrolled students otherwise.


Applicants who have passed academic document review will be shortlisted for PhD programs online interviews. The interview time will be sent by e-mail. Therefore, the email address left in the application system must be the applicant’s personal email, authentic and permanently valid.


Applicants will be informed of the admission results by email. Admitted students must pay a 3000 RMB deposit fee and submit an Affidavit of Financial Support within two weeks of confirming the admission notice. CUFE will start processing admission materials after receiving the deposit fee and Affidavit of Financial Support.

Review of Documents

After the admission results are released, CUFE will conduct another round of document review. If violations are found, the university reserves the right to withdraw the admission notice and cancel the applicant's admission.


Admitted students must register during the time specified in the admission notice. Students who fail to register by the deadline without justifiable reasons will be regarded as giving up the admission. Registration time: early September 2024 (Please refer to the admission notice for the registration date).

Evaluation and Re-evaluation of Admission Qualifications

CUFE will evaluate and re-evaluate student admission qualifications upon and after registration. If the admission notice, personal information, or other documents are found to be inaccurate during the evaluations or if fraud and other similar circumstances exist, the student will be disqualified and admission will be cancelled.

Health Insurance

According to the rules and regulations of China’s Ministry of Education, CUFE requires that all international students (including scholarship students) purchase comprehensive group insurance in mainland China. Students should pay for their health insurance fees before the registration date.


Application Fee: 600 RMB

Accommodation Fee: 40-50-80 RMB/bed/day

Resident Permit Fee: 400 RMB/year

Health Insurance Fee: 800 RMB/year

Tuition Fee: Please refer to 2024 CUFE International Student PhD Programs List

Contact Us

Office of International Admissions

Address: Room 1011, CUFE Tower, No. 39 South College Road, Haidian, Beijing, China

Postal Code: 100081

Tel: +8610-62288286



Filing a Complaint

CUFE International student admissions are open to suggestions and criticism. To file a complaint, please contact

(The email address is only for reporting violations of discipline and regulations).