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Northwestern and China

Northwestern and China

Northwestern activities span all across China, but most are based in Beijing and Shanghai. Half of the international student population at Northwestern is from China, and it is also a popular study abroad destination for Northwestern students. From research collaborations to executive education programs, our offerings are broad and plentiful.


Northwestern students from China enrich our campus and education, while student travelers in China deepen our relationship with the country.

  • 1,886 students from China at Northwestern:
  • 223 Undergraduate
  • 1,155 Masters
  • 508 Doctoral

For historical data, visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.
  • 131 Northwestern students in China:
  • 67 Undergraduate
  • 64 Graduate


Northwestern's partnerships with China's most renowned universities enable individual faculty to network with their Chinese colleagues and allow students, both graduate and undergraduate, to expand their Northwestern education abroad.

Partner InstitutionPartner Type & Sponsor
China Europe International Business School
Fudan University Law School
  • Dual Degree > Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Peking University
Peking University Guanghua School of Management
Peking University Health Science Center
Peking University Law School
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan School of Law
Shanghai University
  • Dual Degree > McCormick School of Engineering
Southwest Jiaotong University
  • Dual Degree > McCormick School of Engineering
  • Research > McCormick School of Engineering
Zhejiang University 
  • Dual Degree > McCormick School of Engineering

Units and Groups

Northwestern units dedicated to China, Chinese Studies, or programs in China include:

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers a major and two minors for undergraduates,  an undergraduate specialization in Chinese Language and Culture, and will soon offer graduate studies in Asian heritage.

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Global Poverty Research Lab, China Cluster

The China research cluster aims to promote rigorous empirical research on the Chinese economy. China provides a uniquely advantageous context for researchers interested in economic and institutional development.
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Asian Studies Graduate Cluster

Faculty in the Asian Studies Graduate Cluster (ASGC) offer comprehensive yet focused exposure to Asian cultures, histories, and societies with an emphasis on transdisciplinary research and methodologies. The program trains graduate students in advanced research and interdisciplinary studies across the humanities and social sciences.
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Student Groups

  • Asian Pacific American Coalition
  • China Foresee
  • China Care
  • Chinese International Student Association
  • Chinatown Health Initiative
  • Treblemakers
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3,300+Northwestern alumni are based in China.

The NU Club of Beijing, the NU Club of Shanghai, the Kellogg Alumni Club of Beijing, and the Kellogg Alumni Club of Shanghai offer social and networking opportunities to keep alumni connected to Northwestern and fellow alumni in China. Other ways to get or stay involved can be found here.

PDF Snapshot

Download the Northwestern and China Brief — a compressed version of the information featured on this page.

Download Brief

Materials in Chinese

The tools listed in this section— Chinese translations of a PowerPoint presentation and a video introducing Northwestern, and the Northwestern and China Brief PDF — can be utilized by Northwestern faculty and staff when speaking with or presenting to Chinese audiences. Northwestern employees can use their NetIDs to access these materials.

Due to the irregularities in student mobility because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this webpage contains data from the 2019 academic year, the last full year prior to the imposed travel restrictions. All other information is up-to-date as of September 2021.For questions or comments about the information listed here, please contact Janka Pieper, Director of Communications.