Introduction

Yanbian University is a comprehensive university endowed with distinct ethnic characteristics. It was founded in 1949 at Yanji, the capital of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province. Bearing its motto of “truth, virtue, and integration” in the mind, Yanbian University through decades of unremitting efforts has been chosen as a key institution supported by the State“211Project”, a strongly backed university in China’s western development campaign, and a key university jointly supported by both the Ministry of Education and Jilin Province. On May 13, 2011, the greatest campus extension project was successfully completed, which realized the purpose of focused schooling and resource integration as well as improved the administration efficiency.

With its complete infrastructure facilities and pleasant environment, the university covers a total area of 276.5 hectares, including the 52.7-hectare newly extended campus area. It consists of 19 colleges offering 67 undergraduate specialties under 10 disciplinary branches, which contains 13 key State-level and Provincial-level disciplines, 7 State-level specialties and 3 Provincial-level specialties with distinct features. It has two centers for post-doctoral studies, 8 doctoral programs, 85 master’s programs, and 7 specialized master’s programs. Besides, Yanbian University has a Center for Inter-Korean Studies, a Key Laboratory of Natural Resources of Changbai Mountain and Functional Molecules, Center for Bohai Culture Studies, a center for fine beef cattle selection and breeding of Jilin Province’s universities as well as 5 provincial-level teaching experiment centers.
Currently, studying at 19 schools in the multicultural family are more than 24,000 full-time students, among whom are more than 620 international students from Korea, USA, Japan, Russia, Africa and other 26 foreign countries. In virtue of our university’s advantages, we provide international students with advantaged language learning environment and excellent living condition. Since Yanbian University is located at the capital of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Chinese and Korean are common in everyday speech, so most people living here are bilingual. For international students, especially for those from western countries, it is definitely a favourable environment for learning Chinese as well as a unique atmosphere for learning Korean according to students’ own interests. Therefore, international students can not only communicate in both Chinese and Korean with other students to exchange learning experience in campus, but also practice these two languages anytime, anywhere outside the campus. Such an advantaged academic environment will help students improve their levels of Chinese and Korean easily and quickly. Besides, in order to enrich international students’ leisure time, Yanbian University frequently holds kinds of activities and organizes students to visit and appreciate the famous natural sights in the Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve, which is also regarded as China’s brilliant natural heritage. What’s more, Yanbian University is approved to accept “Chinese Government Scholarship” and “Confucius Institute Scholarships” students.

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