2023 BFSU ISS Calls for International Experts


Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is a prestigious university in China known for its languages and cross-cultural studies programs. It is one of China’s oldest foreign studies universities, teaching 101 foreign languages and offering education programs at different levels in humanities and social sciences, including foreign languages and literature, Chinese language and literature, journalism and communication, international relations, political science, law, business, management, etc. BFSU now serves as an important educational base in China for qualified professionals with excellent foreign language competence who, after graduation, work as diplomats, translators/interpreters, businessmen, journalists, lawyers, bankers, etc. For example, among BFSU alumni who work or have worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have over 400 ambassadors and over 1000 counsellors. BFSU is thus known as the “Cradle of Diplomats”.

Since 2016, BFSU has successfully held International Summer Session (ISS) with more than 140 courses in total and accepted over 2,093 students domestically and worldwide. Every year, apart from academic training, our ISS program also organizes various cultural activities through which all participants can discover and explore Chinese traditional art as well as exchange and discuss ideas. Activities such as Beijing City Tour, learning Chinese medicine, watching Peking opera, visiting the National Museum, etc. are always very popular.

BFSU is now calling for international experts for our 2023 ISS Program, which is designed to provide students with an opportunity for international exposure and to improve their academic competence. We would also like to promote the participation of more international students in our program so as to create a platform for intercultural communication between students from home and abroad.

A. Time  

The 2023 BFSU International Summer Session is scheduled from July 3rd to July 28th, 2023, 4 weeks in total, with no classes held at the weekends.

B. Format

The 2023 ISS will be held on campus of BFSU, Beijing China. 

C. Qualifications of the Applicant

  • The applicant is a full professor (or equivalent) or associate professor (or equivalent).
  • The applicant is an influential scholar in his/her academic field.

D. Course Description

  • Student

The course to be offered is well designed and has been taught before. It is targeted at undergraduate students both from China and abroad, preferably with no prerequisite requirements. If a course has prerequisite requirements, please specify. We require students to have an English proficiency equivalent to B2, IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80 or above.

  • Language

The course will be taught in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Arabic, Russian or other languages.

  • Course Type

The course can be taught in the form of either lecture (no more than 45 students) or seminar (10-20 students). A teaching assistant will be assigned to each class.

  • Course Subject

BFSU ISS prefers but not limited to the following course subjects:

General Education Module

  1. History, Philosophy and Comparative Civilizations
  2. Literature, Art and Culture Studies
  3. Social Sciences and Area Studies
  4. Language, Translation and Cross-cultural Communication
  5. Science, Technology and Social Development
  6. Health and Self-development

Disciplinary Courses

  1. Literature
  2. Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  3. Social and Cultural Studies
  4. Translatology
  5. History
  6. Law
  7. Politics
  8. Economic Management
  9. International Business
  10. Communication
  11. Areas studies and global governance


China Studies Courses

  • Credit and Hour

All BFSU ISS courses adhere to the credit hour system. 32 credit hours are assigned to each 2-credit course, including teaching and exams.

  • Course Schedule

2023 BFSU ISS instructors can choose from the following three types of class arrangements depending on the duration of the course. 32 credit hours are assigned to each 2-credit course, and shall be all finished within the duration of each course schedule. 

All courses will be scheduled in Beijing Time (GMT+8).


Duration of the Course


July 3 to 14


July 17 to 28


July 3 to 28

  • Final Assessment

Final assessment is required for each course, in the form of a test or a paper. Exam items should not be all multiple-choice questions, or true or false questions. We strongly recommend the use of definitions and essay questions. For research papers, the length of the paper is between 1,500 and 2,500 words. You can also have formative assessment, including students’ attendance that accounts for no more than 10%, class participation, or a final exam/paper.


E. Benefits  (more details please contact


F. Procedure

  • Online Application

The following are some tips on registration. All experts are expected to finish the registration before March 20th, 2023.

Step 1: Account Creation

  1. Open the ISS website:
  2. Click REGISTRATION at the top right corner
  4. Fill in your registration e-mail address
  5. Go back to the mailbox and click the link for verification

Step 2: Faculty Login and Registration

  1. Click FACULTY LOGIN at the top right corner
  2. Input your account and password
  3. Complete and upload your information as required
  4. Click SAVE and then SUBMIT
  • Evaluation

The Office of Undergraduate Studies will invite scholars at BFSU to evaluate and select courses for the 2023 BFSU ISS and notify the applicants about the results before March 30th, 2023.

  • Announcement

The Office of Undergraduate Studies will update the information of the selected courses (including instructor profile, course description, and course syllabus etc.) to the BFSU ISS website (

  • Course Registration

BFSU will start the procedure to assist your course arrangements in April 2023, depending on the number of students registered for each course. The course will be canceled if the number of students enrolled in the course is lower than 15 before April 30, 2023. But the minimum of the number of non-English courses' students enrolled can be adjusted appropriately.


G. Contact Information

Contact: Ms Pan Yuting, Officer of Undergraduate Studies


Tel.: 86 10 88816443

Fax: 86 10 88817915

Address: Beijing Foreign Studies University
No.2 North Xisanhuan Road, Beijing. PR. China 100089


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