Beijing Foreign Studies University

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Beijing Foreign Studies University
Beijing Foreign Studies University.png
Motto 兼容并蓄 博学笃行[1]
Type National
Established 1941
President Peng Long
Academic staff
Students 8,600
Location Beijing, China
Campus Urban

Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) (Chinese: 北京外国语大学; pinyin: Běijīng Wàiguóyǔ Dàxué), formerly known as the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute (Chinese: 北京外国语学院), is a university located in Beijing, China. It is China's pre-eminent foreign language teaching university according to recent collegiate rankings.[2]

The university's campus occupies 304,553 square meters, with a student dormitory area of 40,000 m² and a library of 9997 m², and is divided in two by Beijing's Third Ring Road. Other facilities on campus include an audiovisual center, a gymnasium, dining halls, and tennis courts. The university is popularly known as Běiwài (Chinese: 北外) in Mandarin and BFSU in English.

As a renowned and prestigious teaching university, BFSU was affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from its establishment in 1941 to the early 1980s and was classified a key university under the Ministry of Education.

The wide-ranging studies at BFSU are provided by over 600 faculty members, in addition to approximately 120 international experts and teachers invited from more than 20 countries each year.

BFSU qualified for the first round of the competition in its efforts to enter Project 211, a university development programme launched by the Ministry of Education in 1996.


Beijing Foreign Studies University was founded by the Communist Party of China in Yan'an in 1941, then known as the Russian Language Team in the Third Branch of Chinese People’s Counter-Japanese Military and Political University (Chinese: 中国抗日军政大学三分校俄文大队). The team was later renamed as Yan’an Foreign Languages School (Chinese: 延安外国语学校). In the Chinese Civil War, the school moved several times, till it settled down in Beijing in 1949 and gained its new name - Beijing Foreign Languages Institute. The current name was used since 1994. It was the first institution in the country to specialize in foreign language studies.[citation needed]

Schools and Departments[edit]


The gym of Beiwai


Research centre(s)[edit]

  • National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education [3]

This centre has a good team of researchers of corpus linguistics in China.[4] They have compiled a number of influential corpora, such as Chinese English learners' corpora, and parallel corpora of Chinese-English translation. They also have a great many corpora on the CQPweb.[5]


  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bengali
  • Bulgarian
  • Burmese
  • Cambodian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (as a foreign language)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Farsi
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kazakh
  • Kirghiz
  • Swahili
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Latin
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Malay
  • Maltese
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Norwegian
  • Pali
  • Pashto
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit
  • Serbian
  • Sinhalese
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Turkmen
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu


International students[edit]

International students told the Global Times newspaper they were highly satisfied with the Chinese language program. The report also said the facilities are modern and the teaching staff is dedicated.[7] [8]

Notable faculty, administrators, and alumni[edit]






  • Bai Ruoyun (Toronto) (Media/Culture)
  • Chen Li (Toronto) (History/Law)
  • Chen Xiaomei (California) (Literature)
  • Feng Huiyun (Utah State) (Politics)
  • He Kai (Utah State) (Politics)
  • Hu Ying (California) (Literature)
  • Liu Haiming (Cal Poly) (Asian/Asian American Studies)
  • Sheng Yumin (Wayne State) (Politics)
  • Song Geng (Hong Kong) (Literature)
  • Wang Ban (Stanford) (Literature)
  • Yang Guobin (Pennsylvania)(Media/Sociology)
  • Zhao Shenghui (Miami) (Management/Marketing)

In politics[edit]

In commerce and media[edit]

International Cooperation[edit]

Confucius Institutes[edit]


  1. ^ "大学简介". Beijing Foreign Studies University. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "高校排名:2014年中国语言类大学排行榜". Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "中国外语教育研究中心". Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Home Page | 北外语料库语言学". Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  5. ^ "CQPweb Main Page". Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  6. ^ "北京外国语大学简介". Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°57′15″N 116°18′15″E / 39.95417°N 116.30417°E / 39.95417; 116.30417