Enrollment Guide

Guangdong University of Finance & Economics (GDUFE)

International Students Enrollment Guide

for Full–time Postgraduate Students





Guangdong University of Finance & Economics (GDUFE) was founded in 1983 with the approval from China State Council. It received “Excellent” in the undergraduate education evaluation conducted by China ‘Ministry of Education in 2008. Its a member of the Association of Belt & Road Universities, the University Alliance of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, the Association of Universities of Finance and Economics for Belt & Road Education Internationalization of Industry–University Collaboration and the Association of China-Russia Economic Universities.

It consists of two campuses with a total land area of about 150 hectares. Guangzhou is a hub along the Belt and Road”as well as a central city of the Guangdong -Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area, and the Guangzhou campus is within walking distance of the Canton Trade Fair Complex (Guangzhou International Convention Center), and the Foshan campus is located within the scenic Sanshui Forest Park.

The total enrollment of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students is over 25,400.

1. Disciplines and Programs 

GDUFE has developed a multi-disciplinary education system in economics, management, law, humanities, science, engineering and arts.

--5 outstanding programs of national level:  Public Finance, Finance, Marketing, Accounting and Law
       -- 63 undergraduate programs

-- 26 academic master programs in Law, Statistics, Applied Economics, Business Administration, Management Science & Engineering, English Language & Literature, and Marxist Theory,  etc.

-- 13 professional master programs in Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration (MPA), Law (LLM), Finance (MF), Insurance (MI), Accounting (MPAcc), Auditing(MAud) and Taxation(MT), Engineering(ME), Tourism Administration (MTA),  Fine Arts(MFA), Publishing(MP),etc.

--- doctor programs in Applied Economics are offered since 2021

2. Faculty 

GDUFE boasts

--19 schools with 1613 full-time faculty, including 684professors and associate professors, 840 doctorate holders

--369  master program supervisors and 21 postdoctoral co-supervisors

-- 1 national teaching team (Cross-disciplinary Comprehensive Experimental Teaching Team in Economics and Management )

-- 13  provincial teaching teams

-- 6 provincial scientific research teams

-- 22 “Pearl River”Scholars and “Nanling”Scholars

-- 13 Professors who receive special national allowances

-- 4  members of the Higher Education Committee of China's Ministry of Education

-- 1 member of the Provincial University Degree Committee

--4 law professors on the list of “ Ten Young Law Experts”

--5 teachers who  have been awarded the title of “ Provincial Best Teacher of the Year

-- 16 teachers who have been awarded the title of “Outstanding Teachers in South China ”

3. Talents Cultivation
       In recent years, GDUFE has made a number of achievements in the training of high-achievers.

-- “Economic and Management Experimental Teaching Center, one of the first two national teaching demonstration centers in China and is selected as the National virtual simulation experimental teaching center

-- The Economic and Management Talents Cultivation Experimental Zone”which strives to educate students with entrepreneurial ambitions and potential is a national experimental zone for innovative educational methods

--  the first national educational centers for outstanding law students, as well as a center for university students’ cultural education

-- Practical Teaching center for Economics (jointly run with the Guangzhou Local Tax Bureau), which is functioning at a national level.
       -- GDUFE is the one of the first universities that is approved by the ministry of education to develop graduate courses.

-- GDUFE is also a platform for international young experts specializing in applied accounting and taxation.

-- An innovative and entrepreneurial education model centerd around finance and economics has been developed by GDUFE. In this way the university has become a demonstration university for innovation and entrepreneurship education.

-- GDUFE’s graduate employment rate is one of the highest among all universities in the province and the graduatesquality has consistently been relatively high. In the past five years, employer satisfaction rate regarding GDUFE graduates has been 99%.


4. Scientific Research

Adhering to the idea of“ pursuing truth and applying the results”in scientific research, GDUFE is continuously upgrading its level of scientific research. The following are key areas of our endeavors:

- GDUFE has five key research centers for Humanity and Social Sciences:  Research Center for National Economics; Research Center for Legal and Economic Development; Research Center for Public Finance in Guangdong Area; Research Institute for Capital Market and Auditing Governance in the Guangdong-Hongkong-Macao Greater Bay Area; Research Institute for Innovative Competitiveness in the Guangdong-Hongkong-Macao Greater Bay Area;

- 1 Provincial Collaborative innovation Platform: i.e. Collaborative innovation Development Platform for Technology and Finance Industry in Pearl-River Delta;

- 1  Key Laboratory for Philosophy and Social Sciences: Laboratory for Big Data and Educational Statistics Application;

- 1  Provincial Key Think Tank: Think Tank for South China Business Development;

- 1  Provincial Research Center for Engineering Technology: Guangdong Research Center for Intelligent Business Engineering Technology;

- 2 Provincial Research centers for Decision Consultancy: Research Center for Logistics and E-Commerce, Research Center for the Open Economy;

- 2 Provincial Research centers for Social Sciences: Research Center for Business History of South China, Research Center for Rural Area Construction;

- 2 Municipal Research centers for Humanities and Social Sciences: Guangzhou Research Base for Modern Logistics and E-commerce development, and Guangzhou Research Base for Metropolitan Literature and Culture.

In the past five years, 96 national research projects, 353 provincial research projects, 3 national significant tending projects sponsored by The National Social Sciences Fund of China and  Key Projects of Philosophy and Social Sciences Research (Ministry of Education), were conducted by our university.

1363 papers were published in core journals such as China Science, Economic Research, Management World, etc. 291 papers were indexed by SCI, EI, ISTP. 213 books were published. 31 works received the award of “provincial excellent scientific research” including 4 “first class” and 12 “second class”.

“The Journal of Guangdong University of Finance & Economics” is a  resources journal of CSSCI, and listed as a national Chinese core journal, a national AMI core journal for humanities and social sciences, a national core journal for RCCSE, a core journal for China humanities and social science, and it is on the list of the Top 100 best journals in Chinese universities, etc.

 5. Social Services

Adhering to the service philosophy of Gaining support by doing service and seeking development by contribution, GDUFE conducts scientific research and offers consultancy service in response to the needs of economic and social development of Guangdong Province.

67 professors are appointed as decision consultancy experts, provincial contingency management consultants, legislative legal consultants and finance consultants, etc.

GDUFE has established long-term partnerships with the government and all sectors of society. Most important among these are:

- “Research Center for Guangdong Tax Service ”, jointly built by the National Tax Bureau and Local Tax Bureau;

- “Internet Plus Taxation Research Center”, jointly built by Guangdong Taxation Society and Bozhi Information Technology Company Ltd.,;

The first Tax Personnel Education College”,  jointly built by Guangzhou Tax Bureau;

- “Guangzhou Collaborative Innovation Research Institute for Technology and Finance jointly built by Guangzhou Technology and Finance Comprehensive Service Center Ltd.;

- “Guangdong Collaborative Research Center for Tourism Industry”, jointly built  by Guangdong Research Center for Tourism Development;

- “Qingyuan City Legislative Research Evaluation and Consultancy Service Base ”, jointly built by Qingyuan People's Congress Standing Committee;

- “Dongguang E-Commerce Research Institute was jointly built by Humen, Dongguan city.

Besides these, a myriad of strategic partnership agreements have been signed with different city governments such as Qingyuan, Kaiping, Xinfeng, Hezhou and with different industries and enterprises. 

6. International Exchange & Cooperation  

GDUFE attaches great importance to the internationalization of education by proactively seeking international quality educational resources with the aim to build a “first-class university of Finance and Economics in the greater bay area with distinctive characteristics”and educate all-round young talents with global competence. The following activities were undertaken to achieve this:

-- 9 international (including Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan) innovative platforms for joint scientific research and has been hosting influential international forums such as the“International Forum on Economic Development in the Bay Area”and the“International Forum of China and Latin American Countries on Taxation”.

-- 2 overseas training bases at Pace University, USA, and at the University of Western Australia 

-- partnership with more than 70 universities and educational agencies in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Japan, etc., as well as in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

--  50 programs of joint education at all levels

-- 10 articulation programs with University of Northern Arizona, University of Exeter, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, University of Technology, Sydney in International Business, Financial Management, Finance, Law, Accounting, Taxation, Journalism Translation, Statistics and Tourism Management

--  4 overseas bases for practical teaching in Germany, New Zealand, Argentina and Italy

-- 1“GDUFE Goethe Language Center” in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, which is the only authoritative base for German language study and examination in South China
    -- membership of “Innovation Center for China-US Youth Exchange” and “Educational Project for Smart Manufacturing ”


                                                             NoteData was calculated on 20th September, 2020.


Enrollment Plan



Postgraduate program



Bilingual Teaching


International Trade

(Academic Master Degree)

School   of Economics


Chinese + English



(Professional Master Degree)

School of Finance


Chinese + English



(Professional Master Degree)

School of Accounting


Chinese + English



(Professional Master Degree)

School of Law


Chinese + English



(Professional Master Degree)

MBA School


Chinese   + English


Note: At present, we can only provide 100 rooms for international students on Guangzhou campus. Applications will be processed on a “first come, first serve” basis. In principle, all students must live on campus.


Length of Study


1. for academic master degree: 3-5 academic years

2. for professional master degree: 2-4 academic years


   Guangdong Government Outstanding International Student Scholarship: 20,000 RMB per academic year for qualified candidates.

Fees and Payment


1. Application fee: 500RMB yuan. Please attach the payment receipt with the application documents, otherwise the application is supposed to be invalid. The bank account information is as follows:

Account number714657755062

Opening bankGuangzhou Xingangzhonglu Branch, Bank of China (中国银行广州新港中路支行)

Account name:广东财经大学

2. Tuition of any postgraduate program (not including MBA): 25000 RMB yuan per academic year (about 3700 US dollars)

Note: The international student who is sufficiently proficient in Chinese and thus capable of studying with the Chinese students in the same class can apply for any postgraduate program at GDUFE. Tuition in this case is 40% off, i.e., 15000 RMB yuan per academic year (about 2200 US dollars).


3. Tuition of MBA program: 28000 RMB yuan per academic year (about 4200 US dollars)


4. Accommodation (single-room) for any program:

 Twin room: 6000 RMB yuan per academic year (about 900 US dollars) – charged water, electricity, boiled drinking water and hot bathing water

 Single room:  12000 RMB yuan per academic year (about 1800 US dollars) – charged water, electricity, boiled drinking water and hot bathing water

5. The tuition and accommodation fees shall be paid in RMB by cash or by bank card on one-academic year basis on the day of check-in and registration.


Application Period


                                                                            May 15th for fall intake



  • non-Chinese nationality

  • age 20-50

  • with a bachelor degree of the relevant program

  • in good physical and mental health

  • be friendly to China.

  • English proficiency: IELTS minimum 6.0, or TOEFL IBT minimum 80, or pass the GDUFE interview in English (Native speakers of English are exempt from the English language test)

  • HSK 4 certificate if applying for Chinese-taught majors

Application Documents



2. one photocopy of the applicant’s valid passport

3. one photocopy of the applicant’s transcripts certified by the institution from which the applicant has graduated (A notarized Chinese or English translation is demanded if the original version is in other languages.)

4. one photocopy of the applicant’s undergraduate diploma (if offered) and bachelor degree certificate (A notarized Chinese or English translation is demanded if the original version is in other languages. The graduating applicant can provide an original pre-graduation certificate issued by his or her present university.)

5. Recommendation Letters by 2 (associate) professors of the institution where the applicant has done his or her undergraduate studies

6. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT (see Attachment 2 for a template) and certificate of deposit of the applicant or the applicant’s parent (at least 40,000 RMB yuan) 

7. four passport photos

8. Personal Statement written in Chinese or English, which includes the applicant’s study experience, work experience, academic achievements, as well as study and research plan at GDUFE

9. Guangdong Government Outstanding International Student Scholarship Application Form (if apply) (See Attachment 3)

10. IELTS or TOEFL (IBT) scores report (if already obtained)

11. one photocopy of HSK certificate and of HSK score report (if already obtained)

12. publications (if applicable)

13. award(s) that can prove the applicant’s merit (if applicable)

14. Physical Examination result


Application Procedures


Step 1: Before 15th May, the applicant should post, email, fax or hand-deliver his or her application documents to the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation of GDUFE. Email address: fao3@gdufe.edu.cn

.Step 2: GDUFE will interview in English the eligible applicants (internet or face-to-face) at a time and place to be notified later.

Step 3: GDUFE will issue and courier to the candidate the following documents: Study-in-China Certificate, Admission Notification, Information for Admission, and the Visa Application for Study in China (JW202).

Step 4: The candidate should apply for a X1 or X2 visa by submitting to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate the above-mentioned Study-in-China Certificate, Admission Notification and the Visa Application for Study in China (JW202).

Step 5: The candidate should check in and register at GDUFE on the day stated on the application notification (The registration day is normally at the beginning of the fall semester in the admission year, starting date of which varies in each year), pay the tuition and accommodation fees for the first academic year, and thereby become a GDUFE student.

Contact us


Address: Office of International Exchange and Cooperation,

Guangdong University of Finance & Economics,

21 Luntou Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou 510320, Guangdong Province,

P. R. China

Contact Person: Emma Shi

Tel: +86 20 8409 6080

Fax: +86 20 8409 6140

E-mail: fao3@gdufe.edu.cn

Website: http://english.gdufe.edu.cn/


Study and Graduation Requirements


See the teaching plans of relevant postgraduate programs, please visit our website at: http://english.gdufe.edu.cn/1838/list.htm


Information for Admission


1. The international student shouldpay by cash or by bank card the tuition and accommodation fees in RMB on one-academic year basis on the day of check-in and registration.

2. Within 30 days since the date of entering into China, the international student shall apply, with the assistance of GDUFE foreign affairs staff, for the Residence Permit at Guangzhou Public Security Department. If the international student prefers to off-campus accommodation, he or she should apply for permission by GDUFE, and then, with the assistance of GDUFE foreign affairs staff, go through the registration formalities at Guangzhou Public Security Department.

3. Upon successful registration as a GDUFE student, the international student shall, with the assistance of GDUFE foreign affairs staff, accept physical examination at Guangzhou Health Care Centre for International Travel. If he or she is diagnosed as suffering from severe mental disorder, contagious tuberculosis, or any other infectious disease that is likely to cause serious harm to public health, the public security department will handle the case according to the relevant law of the People’s Republic of China.

4. The international student is required to buy insurance under the guidance of GDUFE foreign affairs staff. Any new international student who fails to be insured will not be admitted. Any international student who has already studied at GDUFE but fails to obtain insurance will be required to indefinitely suspend study or will not be registered again.

5. The international student should abide by China’s laws and regulations, respect the Chinese ethics and customs, observe the rules and regulations of GDUFE, and finish school within 3-7 academic years.

6. The international student enjoys the same facilities and medical services as the Chinese student, but does not enjoy any scholarship or grant that is provided for the Chinese student only. Any international student who has been registered as full-time postgraduate for master-degree studies, and is excellent in comprehensive performance, can apply for Guangdong Government Outstanding International Student Scholarship (20000 RMB yuan per academic year).

7. The international student is encouraged to take part in the cultural and sport activities which are beneficial to mental and physical health. He or she can also volunteer to participate in the public services and the events of celebrating China’s important holidays and festivals.

8. Upon approval by GDUFE, the international students can gather to celebrate their own country’s important traditional festivals within the designated location and scope on GDUFE campus, provided that such celebrations do not oppose or attack other countries/nations, or offend public morality.

9. Upon approval by GDUFE, the international students can set up campus clubs of fellowship, and carry out activities within the scope as specified in China’s relevant laws and regulations, provided that such campus clubs are subject to the guidance and administration by the GDUFE Office of Student Affairs.

10. GDUFE respects the ethnical customs and religious beliefs of the international students, but does not provide religious service facilities. Religious activities in any form are strictly prohibited on campus, which include, but are not limited to, missionary and religious assembly.

11. While studying at GDUFE, the international student can participate in the Work-study Program on GDUFE campus, but is not allowed to take up any occupation, or to engage in trade, or to carry out any other profit-making activities.

12. After graduation, the international students who are excellent in comprehensive performance can apply for employment or entrepreneurship in China.

For more information, please feel free to contact us,

or visit http://english.gdufe.edu.cn/

You are welcome to apply for studying at

Guangdong University of Finance & Economics (GDUFE),

a prestigious institution of higher education in South China.


Attachment I

广东财经大学国际学生入学申请表 (application form ).docx

Attachment II

经济保证证明 (Statement of Financial Support).docx

Attachment III

广东省政府来粤留学生奖学金 (Guangdong Government Outstanding   International Student Scholarship Application Form).docx