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BA English and Communication Studies

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
4 years
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 73,920
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 84,480

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year 1

  • Consideration is given to the complete high school record, with emphasis on grades obtained in courses most relevant to the intended programme of study. Students will normally be expected to have the equivalent of a high standing high school or equivalent school in their country, and a B in Mathematics for Science subjects and a C in non-science subjects.
  • Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan applicants may also apply with completion of the following:
    • Joint Entrance Examination to Chinese Universities for Overseas Chinese Students and Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan with a minimum grade of 400; Or
    • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) ranking at least top 25% for Taiwanese students who have completed high school in Taiwan, or at least top 50% for Taiwanese students who have completed high school in mainland China.
    • Note: Taiwan students applying to XJTLU through the GSAT, cannot apply to other universities in China at the same time (Chinese government regulation).    

Entry into Year 2

  • Students who have completed A-levels or equivalent with predicted and final grades of BBB or above (in relevant subjects) will be considered for entry into Year 2.
  • Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent with a minimum of 30 points or above will be considered into Year 2

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 5.5 for year 1 entry, or 6.5 for year 2 entry. Or
  • TOEFL: 75 (iBT) for year 1 entry, or 88 (iBT) for year 2 entry


Year 2

  • Introduction to English language
  • Close reading
  • Analysing communication
  • Two options from:
    • Sounds of English
    • Media management
    • Journalism: theory and practice
  • English literature in history
  • Media ethics
  • One option in English from:
    • English cultural studies
    • Language of business and finance
    • Semantics and pragmatics
    • Literature and gender
  • One option in communication from:
    • Screen writing for film and TV
    • Perspectives on media
    • Global journalism

Year 3

  • Two options in English from:
    • Advertising and the media
    • Translation 
    • Eighteenth century literature: Robinson Crusoe to Frankenstein 
  • Two options in communication from:
    • Approaches to the media 
    • Adaptation across the media 
    • Animation 
  • Two options in English from:
    • Business communication
    • Interpreting 
    • Technical translation 
    • World English literature
    • Jane Austen 
  • Two of the following options in communication:
    • Global media and entertainment
    • Investigative journalism
    • New media: an introduction

Year 4

  • Final year project
  • One option in English from:
    • Analysing text
    • English as a global language
    • Conference interpreting
    • British romanticism
    • The invention of love
  • Two options in communication from:
    • Media and global crisis
    • Film in context
    • Documentary
  • Two options in English:
    • Interpersonal communication in the workplace
    • Language and literature
    • Modern poetry
    • Language of the law 
    • An introduction to teaching
    • English as a foreign language (TEFL)
    • An introduction to applied linguistics
    • Literary translation
    • The gothic
  • One of the following options in communication:
    • Intercultural communication
    • Digital media and video production
    • Portrayal of china in western media

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