Schools and Colleges
School of Foreign Studies

History and Origin

The history of the School of Foreign Studies (SFS) of Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) can be traced back to the year 1897, just one year after the university was founded in Shanghai as Nan Yang College, and its name then was the Department of Western Languages.


SFS offers a Ph.D. program in Systemics of Language and Culture, a Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) program and a diverse range of foreign-languages-related programs.

3 Undergraduate Programs:

  • English (including bilingual majors of English & German, English & French, and English & Russian)

  • Japanese

  • French

5 Master Programs:

  • Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

  • English Language and Literature

  • Japanese Language and Literature

  • French Language and Literature

  • Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) program (English, Japanese)

Departments & Centers

  • English Department

  • Japanese Department

  • French Department

  • German Department

  • Russian Department

  • College English Teaching Center

  • Postgraduate English Teaching Center

  • Foreign Languages Research Center

  • MTI Education Center

  • Silk Road Combined Center of European Studies (SRCCES)

  • Center of Japanese Studies

  • Center of Cross-Cultural Studies

  • Center of Teaching Experiment and Training

Faculties & Students


  • Faculties: 210+

  • Professors: 15

  • Associate professors: 71

  • Foreigner experts and teachers: an annual average of 30

  • Undergraduates: 430+

  • Postgraduates: 110+

Honors & Awards

SFS boasts a group of brilliant and talented faculty who are involved in teaching and are actively engaged in a wide range of research fields in linguistics, literature and international relations, including discourse analysis, second language acquisition and foreign language teaching, fuzzy linguistics, translation studies, ESP, lexicography, foreign literature, etc.

Nearly 100 projects of SFS have been granted the support of various research funds, including National Social Science Foundation and Shaanxi Social Science Foundation. The projects have produced fruitful results: over 200 academic monographs, translated works, teaching materials come off the press and more than 80 articles are published by key CSSCI journals.

International Cooperation

SFS has established ties to 16 well-known universities of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, and other countries, and has implemented extensive exchange and cooperation programs. Each year, over 40 undergraduate students and over 10 teachers go abroad to study or participate in joint research, and more than 10 international scholars are invited to give lectures each year.


SFS is located in Shaw Yifu Building, which has classrooms equipped with advanced recording and multimedia systems, and a simultaneous interpretation training system. There is also a professional recording studio, an FM radio broadcasting station, and rich online resources for language learning. More than 30,000 volumes of books and dozens of academic journals are collected in the SFS library, which provides good resources for foreign language teaching and research.

Contact Us

CHEN Xiangjing, Dean of SFS

Tel: +86-29-82664098

YANG Xiaowei, Chairman of SFS Board

Tel: +86-29-82663711

SFS Office

Add: 7th floor, Shaw Yifu Building B

Tel: +86-29-82663712

SFS Homepage (Eng. Version):