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School of International Organizations

Updated: August 20, 2021


To better promote the development of China's global strategies, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) launched a special initiative designed to cultivate comprehensive talent for international organizations in 2010.

The initiative is a pilot program in the reform of the country's educational system and has been selected by the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the Ministry of Education, the International Department of the CPC Central Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a role model to be promoted nationwide over the past years.

The School of International Organizations was formally founded on the basis of the special initiative on April 9, 2017.

The school is committed to cultivating a group of talented students that international organizations are in urgent need of. They have broad international outlook, care about national affairs, grasp international rules, master at least two official languages of the United Nations, especially English and French, boast sound cross-cultural communication and practical skills, and possess solid knowledge and competence in international laws, international politics and international economics.

In addition, those multi-lingual and comprehensively competitive graduates are expected to excel in international competition, have the spirit of innovation and cooperation, and qualify for the work in international organizations

The school has pursued coordinated progress in academic instruction, scientific research, talent cultivation, the studies of think tanks and the exportation of talented personnel. It has also striven to be bases for academic building, personnel training, academic research and the source of talent connected with international organizations.

Around 30 top undergraduate students will be annually admitted into the school to pursue their master's degrees in international politics, international law and international economics in a span of three years. They are encouraged to pursue degrees jointly issued by domestic and foreign universities and earn internship opportunities in international organizations as well as their affiliated branches.

The special initiative was selected into a list of 12 national demonstration cases in China's reform of education in 2012 to mark the opening of the 18th National Congress of the CPC. It was also added to the list of key programs of the cultivation of reserved talent for international organizations by the China Scholarship Council in April 2019.

The school has built a partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in the cultivation of talented personnel for international organizations since 2019. A BFSU competence development center for international organizations was formally launched in the school in September 2020.

As of this June, a total of 257 students had enrolled in the special initiative in nine batches and 148 people of them had already graduated. There are still 108 students at the campus.

Apart from being admitted into world-class universities like the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and Paris Institute of Political Studies for further education, many graduates from the school have found internship and employment opportunities in international organizations, central authorities, public institutions and large state-owned firms.


Tel: 010-88818295/010-88818185   Email: IOP@bfsu.edu.cn