Yanbian University

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Coordinates: 42°54′29″N 129°29′7″E / 42.90806°N 129.48528°E / 42.90806; 129.48528

Yanbian University
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 延邊大學
Simplified Chinese 延边大学
Korean name
Hangul 연변대학
Hanja 延邊大學

Yanbian University is one of the key universities of the People's Republic of China, located at Yanji, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province.


Founded on 20 March 1949, the university's aim is to educate the Korean minority in Northeast China.

It is the only university in China that employs Korean as an official medium of instruction in addition to Chinese.


The university offers eleven programs in economics, philosophy, law, pedagogy, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine and management. It consists of twelve colleges, which offer 70 bachelor's degree programs, 78 master's degree programs and 22 doctoral degree programs.


In 2004, the student body included 16,000 undergraduates, 3,000 postgraduates, 143 doctoral candidates, 700 foreign students and 4,674 adult students. Most foreign students come from South Korea, Japan, the United States and Russia. The faculty comprises 1,300 full-time teachers of whom 700 are professors[ambiguous] and associate professors.

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The university is affiliated with major universities in South Korea as well as some academic institutions in North Korea.[which?][citation needed][citation needed]

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