The School of International Cultural Exchange (SICE), CUFE was founded in 2005. In 2020, the university set up the International Students Office (ISO), with its operations at SICE.
SICE/ISO provides graduate education to Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages professional master’s program (MTCSOL) and Chinese language education to international students; it is also the university's centralized management department for international student affairs, responsible for the admissions, education, administration, and services of international students. CUFE is approved to admit students under Chinese Government Scholarship Program, Pre-university Program, China-ASEAN Elite Scholarship Program, Confucius Institute Scholarship (now named International Chinese Language Teachers Scholarship) Program, and Beijing Government Scholarship Program.
In recent years, the international student education at CUFE has been widely recognized. In 2017, CUFE received authorization to confer master’s degrees in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. In 2018, the university was accredited for the Quality Assurance for Studying in China conducted by China Education Association for International Exchange; became the only higher education institution conducting Chinese + Finance pilot program for Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), now Ministry of Education’s Center for Language Education and Cooperation; received authorization to confer master’s degrees in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages to international students. In 2019, the China + project was approved. In 2020, two programs under Chinese government scholarship were selected as the 2020-2021 Priority Programs by China Scholarship Council; Chinese and Chinese Culture Online Program and two other online programs were approved by the Ministry of Education’s Center for Language Education and Cooperation.
Thousands of international students from all over the world have graduated from CUFE. They have made significant contributions to their country’s socio-economic development and the friendly exchange between China and other countries.