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Northwest A&F University

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Description of Northwest A&F University

  • Location: Yangling, China
  • Year of foundation: 1934
  • Language of instruction: Chinese, English
  • Number of students: more than 28 500
  • Type of education: mixed.

Northwest A&F University (NWAFU) is a key national university located in the homeland of agricultural civilization and the national demonstration zone of agricultural innovation technologies. The predecessor of the university was the College of Forestry and Agriculture - the first higher educational institution in the North-West, opened in 1934.

Northwest A&F University attaches great importance to undergraduate and is actively involved in the creation of the "new agricultural sciences." 25 specialties have been selected as national first-class undergraduate specialties.

The university has 27 colleges (faculties, institutes) and postgraduate studies, in total:

  • 14 mobile stations for doctoral students
  • 16 disciplines of the first level, approved for obtaining a doctoral degree
  • 27 disciplines of the first level of magistracy
  • 1 category of authorization for obtaining a doctoral degree
  • 74 areas of bachelor's degree.

There are 7 national key disciplines:

  • Agricultural science
  • Botany and Zoology
  • engineering
  • ecology
  • chemistry
  • Biology and biochemistry
  • Pharmacology and toxicology.

Annually 25 000-35 000 students study here, the teaching staff includes specialists of various qualifications - about 1500 people.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Northwest A&F University

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Accommodation, meals, prices

There are 48 dormitories available for students. Local students live in an apartment of 4-6 people, foreigners are accommodated in single and double rooms.

Accommodation options for NWAFU students:

  • Lin Yuan Hotel is located on the University's South Campus. The rooms are equipped with seasonal heating systems: air conditioners in summer, heat batteries in winter. This hotel is considered the most budget option for living.
  • Yiyuan Hotel is located on the North Campus. The hotel has 4 villas, more than 50 rooms of different classes: from standard to luxury. The buildings are equipped with conference rooms, restaurants, recreation areas.
  • Waizhu Apartments – 7,000 sqm of residential space is located on the southwest corner of the South Campus. It is equipped with 70 rooms, restaurant, business center.

Free Wi-Fi is available on all residential campuses.

Chefs from 11 cafeterias on 2 main campuses prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for students daily during the school year. Among the food establishments are 2 Muslim - they are specially built to meet the needs of the Muslim group of students. Food safety in all cafeterias is strictly controlled.

The Campus Card is a campus student ID card that acts as a debit card to facilitate payment for meals in all cafeterias (but cash is also accepted).

Activities Northwest A&F University

Events on campus – exhibitions, concerts, conferences – are usually held at the Xiu-Shan Student Center, named after the entrepreneur who sponsored the university.

For several years, the center held:

  • Ideological political concert "Youth to the party, contribution to the new era"
  • Meetings of creative art groups
  • Concert in honor of the 101st anniversary of the May Fourth Movement
  • New Year's concerts
  • Performances of student art groups
  • Sketch contest "Everything in my thoughts"
  • Choral performances
  • Xinong Zhengfanghua – Prom Dance Performance
  • Performances of the symphony orchestra.

A lot of thematic events are organized for students - from volunteer, social work to art, dance master classes. Students actively interact with each other in teams and student associations, preparing performances, studying new aspects of areas of interest.


  • Ten disciplines, including biology and genetics, microbiology, earth sciences, are among the top 1% of the world's ESI disciplines.
  • Cooperation with more than 150 higher education institutions in 35 countries
  • Annual international exchange of 1000 scientists
  • One of the top three agricultural universities in China
  • Member of the project 985 club, which unites 39 reputable universities in China
  • World ranking: 801-1000 according to Times Higher Education
  • 2020 Academic World Ranking: 501-600 according to ARWU
  • 4th place in the world in the study of agricultural sciences.

Facilities and equipment at Northwest A&F University

The urban area of the university is about 3.94 sq. km., covering two main campuses: North and South. The Institute of Water and Soil Conservation, the College of Food Science and Engineering, the College of Water Resources and Architectural Engineering have their own independent campuses for administrative affairs and research.

The South Campus houses study and living space for senior students from most colleges. In the South Campus, the House of Agricultural Sciences, the House of Social Sciences, new apartments for students are being built.

The north campus is mainly for study, some graduate students move here for research.

NWAFU provides small buses to transport students and staff between the South and North campuses on a daily schedule.

Also on the territory of the university are equipped:

  • Huge green area for relaxation
  • Garden Museum – five thematic collections of soils, insects, animals, plants. It houses the most extensive collection of butterflies in China
  • Sports facilities: 12 tennis courts, 3 stadiums, arenas for team games, 2 outdoor swimming pools, etc. Tennis competitions are held annually on university grounds
  • library
  • The centers, one of which is located in the tallest building of the university
  • Hostel
  • Cafeteria
  • Xiu-Shan Student Center.

Admission dates and extra charges

Education takes place in two semesters:

  • Autumn: September-January
  • Spring: March-August.

Sessions are held in winter and late summer.

Additional costs:

  • Books, consumables
  • Accommodation, meals
  • transport
  • Car parking
  • Personal expenses (mobile communication, clothes, rest, etc.)
  • Medical care.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Applicants entering undergraduate programs should provide:

  • Certificate of secondary education
  • Transcripts
  • Certificates of English proficiency: IELTS (from 6.0), TOEFL iBC (from 78)
  • Health certificate
  • Personal documents (passport, photographs, police clearance certificate, etc.)
  • Application on the official website of the admission committee of the university
  • Paid registration fee (receipt).

The requirements for master's and doctoral studies are as follows:

  • Application on the official website of the admission committee of the university
  • Personal documents (passport, photos, visa, etc.)
  • Bachelor's/Master's Degrees
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from scientific supervisors
  • Study plan in China
  • Publications (if any)
  • TOEFL iBT (from 78) /IELTS (from 6.0) or other language proficiency tests
  • Health certificate
  • Copies of ESL, TEFL or any relevant certificates
  • Letter of recommendation from the current/previous employer.

Scholarships Northwest A&F University

Monthly scholarship for international students is paid at the following rates:

  • Master's and bachelor's degree students: 3000 yuan
  • Doctoral students, scholarship holders: 3500 yuan.

Scholarship payments for academic achievement:

  • Chinese Government Scholarship
  • APFNet payouts.

Financial support is also provided to low-income students, students who find themselves in a difficult life situation.

To apply for financial assistance / scholarship, you must fill out an application on the official website of the university and provide supporting documents.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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