Soochow University

Soochow University is located in the ancient town of Suzhou, also called "Paradise on Earth". The university is part of the national "211 Project" and is a "2011 Plan" university. It is also one of the Jiangsu provincial key comprehensive universities. It has grown from the former Soochow University founded in 1900.

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Soochow University grows from the former Soochow University founded in 1900. Since 1879, the American Christian Supervisory Board has established the Buffington Institute, the Kung Hang School in Suzhou, and the Anglo-Chinese College in Shanghai. Early twentieth century China’s first private university - Soochow University, was born.


Soochow University currently has 26 post-doctoral programs, 24 main discipline doctoral programs, including 167 doctoral programs with different areas of emphasis, one professional doctoral program, 47 main discipline master’s programs, including 244 master’s degrees with different areas of emphasis, 21 professional master’s programs, and 124 undergraduate programs.

Today, Soochow University has developed into a comprehensive university with 12 major disciplines: philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management science, and art.


Soochow University, based on its strong research, material foundation, and supported by its excellent research personnel, carries out in-depth exploration, looking for truth. It has formed a research atmosphere of innovation and caution, and achieved excellent research results. Based on the platforms of the Ministry of Science and the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, the university provides ample opportunities and expert guidance for research work. In order to create an interdisciplinary research environment, it cooperates with influential universities, research institutions, and enterprises, both domestic and foreign. Soochow University is making strong gains in its research.


Soochow University is always interested in excellent individuals to join our staff. We are looking for foreign experts in all fields including most languages to come to the university to give lectures and be a part of our teaching staff. Meanwhile, we offer opportunities for both long-term and short-term senior visiting scholars. In recent years, Soochow University has been working hard to develop into an international university with high-quality teachers. Soochow University cannot achieve this goal without your support and participation.

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Student services

Overseas students are always welcome to come to study in Soochow University. We accept and have many long-term visiting students learning Chinese, short-term trainees and senior scholars learning Chinese language and Chinese economy and culture, and several other areas. In recent years, the school has accepted nearly two thousand foreign students, who come from Japan, Korea, the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Britain and other more than 50 countries and regions.We sincerely hope that overseas students will come to the big warm family, and pursue a bright future together.

Library services

The Soochow University Library is situated in the main campus with a beautiful environment and long history. It contains plentiful collections and provides a high-quality service: materials in almost every area including nearly 4 million books, over 30 million Chinese and foreign periodicals, and more than 1.1 million Chinese and foreign e-books, and 82 Chinese and foreign language databases.

Medical services

Foreigners can choose to purchase insurance by themselves from any provider they prefer. For more detailed information, you can contact the major insurance companies. For detailed information about some preferred companies or university insurance plans, please contact the Overseas Education College.

Student Life

Campus life

It now has three major campuses: main campus, Dushu Lake Campus, and the Yangcheng Lake Campus, covering an area of 2,705,000 square meters with a total building area more than 182 million square meters. The university facilitates strong research with materials in almost every area including nearly 4 million books, over 30 million Chinese and foreign periodicals, and more than 1.1 million Chinese and foreign e-books, and 82 Chinese and foreign language databases.

Student Reviews

My Experience at Soochow University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Overall, I am satisfied with my experience at Soochow University. Particularly, practical courses like sight translation and consecutive interpretation expose me to fundamentals in the field. Through hours of training, I have become more skilled at interpreting between Chinese and English, built a glossary and developed my own set of note-taking skills. Literary courses...

University Life
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

didn't learned much in University

Good Learning Experience at the College
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Teachers are usually helpful and those courses had improved my ability to think logically as well as express smoothly in English language.


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