Sichuan International Studies University

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Sichuan International Studies University
SISU Chongqing.JPG
Motto in English
Unity Diligence
Scrutiny Practicality
EstablishedMay 1950
PresidentDr. Li Keyong (李克勇)
Academic staff
LocationChongqing, China

Sichuan International Studies University (simplified Chinese: 四川外国语大学; traditional Chinese: 四川外國語大學; pinyin: Sìchuān Wàiguóyǔ Dàxué) is a public university in Chongqing, China. It is one of the top eight foreign studies universities in China.

It is colloquially known in Chinese as Chuānwài (川外).

It is the flagship university for foreign language education and information consultancy in southwest China. According to the latest Wu Shulian Chinese Universities Rankings, Sichuan International Studies University is ranked No. 4 among Chinese international studies universities.[1]


It was founded as the Russian Training School of Southwest Military University of People's Liberation Army (PLA) in May 1950. It is the only university specialized in foreign language studies in the southwest region of China. Due to its close relationship with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is one of the ministry's few target schools.

The development of SISU has been highlighted with 6 important dates:

  • April, 1950 - founding of the “PLA’s Russian Training Corps of Southwest University of Military and Political Sciences” with the support of Deng Xiaoping, Liu Bocheng, He Hong and other founding fathers of the People’s Republic of China.
  • January, 1951 - renamed as the “Russian Training Brigade of No.2 Senior Infantry School of the PLA.”
  • November 1952 - renamed as the “Russian Department of Southwest People’s Revolutionary University.”
  • March 1953 - renamed as “Southwest Russian College.”
  • May 1959 - renamed as “Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages”.
  • May 1990 - renamed as “Sichuan International Studies University”.


The majority of domestic students took liberal arts only curriculums in high school. Out of 12,000 registered students, 8,000 enrolled in four-year and three-year undergraduate programs; 2,500 are in adult and continuing education programs; while the rest are in short-term training programs.


Foreign language programmes offered include Portuguese, Russian, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Hungarian, Hebrew, Thai, VietnameseBurmese and Arabic.

Non-language specialties have been added to its curriculum, such as law, journalism, Chinese as a foreign language, advertising, and tourism management.

Several master's degree programs have been offered, for example, Portuguese, Russian Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Comparative Literature and World Literature, etc. Doctor's degree programs have been offered.[2]


Library of the Sichuan International Studies University

SISU main campus is in Shapingba, Chongqing, at the foothill of the Mount Gele and by the Jialing River,[3] with an area of 770,000 square meters. The award-winning campus has been recognized as a "Garden Institution" by the Chongqing Municipal government for its green spaces.

Main academic departments[edit]


  • Postgraduate Department
  • Graduate Institute of Interpretation & Translation
  • English Department
  • International Cultural Exchanges College
  • Department of English Language & Culture
  • International Business School
  • School of Journalism and Communications
  • Department of Russian
  • Department of French and Italian
  • Department of German
  • Department of Spanish/Portuguese Language & Culture
  • Eastern Languages College
  • Department of Chinese Language & Literature
  • College of Applied Foreign Languages
  • Department of Physical Education
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Adult Education Institute
  • Intensive Language Training Center
  • College of Interpretation & Translation


  1. ^ 武书连2018中国758所大学综合实力各省排行榜发布. education. 2018-03-23.
  2. ^ 四川外国语大学·学校概况. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  3. ^ 百度地图. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  4. ^ 四川外国语大学· 机构设置. Retrieved 2018-04-14.

Coordinates: 29°34′11″N 106°26′12″E / 29.5697°N 106.4366°E / 29.5697; 106.4366

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