Beijing Foreign Studies University
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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.
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Schools and Departments
- 3 Languages
- 4 International students
- 5 Notable faculty, administrators, and alumni
- 6 International Cooperation
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
Schools and Departments
- Law School
- School of Asian and African Studies
- Department of Korean Studies
- Department of Southeast Asian studies
- Department of South Asian Studies
- Department of West Asian and African Studies
- School of Chinese Language and Literature
- School of English and International Studies
- School of European Languages and Culture
- Department of Eastern and Southern European Studies
- Department of Northern European Studies
- International Business School
- School of International Relations and Diplomacy
- School of Russian Studies
- Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation
- Department of Arabic Studies
- Department of French and Francophone Studies
- Department of German Studies
- Department of Japanese Studies
- Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
- Department of Computer Science
- National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education 
This centre has a good team of researchers of corpus linguistics in China. They have complied 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.
- Chinese (as a foreign language)
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. 
Notable faculty, administrators, and alumni
- Wang Zuoliang 王佐良-literary critic and poet, professor of English literature
- Xu Guozhang 许国璋 – educator
- Zhou Jueliang 周珏良-literary critic, professor of English literature
- Hu Wenzhong 胡文仲-Co-host of BBC English language teaching program Follow Me!, professor of Australian literature, educator
- Chen Lin 陈琳 – educator
- He Qixin 何其莘 – co-author of New Concept English
- jin limin 金利民 – co-author of New Concept English
- Gao Xingjian 高行健 – Nobel laureate
- Liu Zhenyun 刘震云
- Bi Shumin 毕淑敏
- Chen Shucai 陈树才
- Jin Zhong 金重
- Qiu Xiaolong 裘小龙
- 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)
- Li Guixian 李贵鲜 – State Councilor
- Li Zhaoxing 李肇星 – Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
- Zhou Nan 周南 – Vice Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
- Zhang Hanzhi 章含之 – Vice Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
- Fu Ying 傅莹 – Vice Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
- Zhang Deguang 张德广 – Vice Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
- Wu Dawei 武大伟 – Vice Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
In commerce and media
- He Jiong 何炅
- Jason Tom 譚志豪/谭志豪 - Chinese American beatboxer, entrepreneur, and mentor
- Xu Gehui 许戈辉
- Yang Lan 杨澜 – TV host
- Austria: University of Vienna
- Belgium: Brussels
- Belgium: University of Liège
- Bulgaria: Sofia University
- Czech Republic: Palacký University, Olomouc
- Germany: University of Düsseldorf
- Germany: Nuremberg
- Germany: University of Göttingen
- Germany: Heidelberg University
- Hungary: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
- Italy: Sapienza University of Rome
- Poland: Jagiellonian University
- South Korea: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
- United States: University of Hawaii at Manoa
- Albania: University of Tirana
- "大学简介". Beijing Foreign Studies University. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
- "高校排名：2014年中国语言类大学排行榜". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "中国外语教育研究中心". www.sinotefl.org.cn. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
- "Home Page | 北外语料库语言学". www.bfsu-corpus.org. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
- "CQPweb Main Page". 22.214.171.124. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
- "北京外国语大学简介". Retrieved 15 April 2016.