- Applicants should have successfully completed or expect to complete a 12-year or equivalent program of general education.
- Applicants must have a good command of English. Certification of language proficiency is required for non-native speakers of English. In some cases certification will also be required from a native speaker if there are any concerns about English proficiency. Acceptable forms of certification include: TOEFL (IBT 85), IELTS (6.5), an International Baccalaureate, Standard or Higher Level English, GCE A Level or AS level qualification in any academic subject
Major subjects in this field include "Chinese Philosophy," characterized by the reading of Chinese classics, including Confucianism texts, texts by other ancient philosophers, and materials discovered in recent excavation; "Studies of Chinese Culture," a subject for imparting knowledge essential for reading such documents (knowledge of traditional political and economical systems, religions, mythology, Chinese characters, vocabulary, phonemes etc.), and "Chinese Material Science," designed to develop professional knowledge of materials written in Chinese characters, and skills to handle and maintain such materials.