China Agricultural University (中国农业大学)

About the university

Location: Beijing, China

Based in Beijing, China Agricultural University (CAU, Chinese: 中国 农业 大学; pinyin: zhōngguó nóngyè Dàxué; abbreviated 大 / nóngdà) is the oldest agricultural university in China. In 1905 it was opened as an agricultural college, in 1949 it became the Beijing Agricultural University. Then, in 1995, it merged with the Beijing Agricultural Engineering University to become the China Agricultural University as it is known today.

University ranking and benefits

According to the ARWU World University rankings and QS World University Rankings, China Agricultural University is in the top 1000 colleges and universities in the world. The reputation of the universities included in these rankings is based on the impressions of higher education experts, companies that hire graduates, and the quality of teaching. QS also looks at the ratio of international faculty and students attending universities.

China Agricultural University has won dozens of awards, including: a) State Special Prize in Science and Technology; (b) Another 36 awards at the national level; and c) 206 ministerial / provincial awards. These technologies are widely applied throughout the country with great success in terms of technological advancement, economic efficiency / return and social development. On average, hundreds of new technologies and research advances are transferred and disseminated throughout the country every year. China Agrarian University has five disciplines, that is, Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Livestock, Biology and Biochemistry, Environment and Chemistry, have been listed as the top 1% of disciplines in the world by ESI.

University composition and infrastructure

CAU has three campuses covering a total of 388 acres. The East Campus is located north of the city center, 10 km from the west campus and 25 km southeast of Beijing’s main airport. The China Agricultural University Library (CAUL) is one of the most important libraries in agricultural education and research in China. The collections include both paper documents, numbering over 1.7 million volumes, and over 1.47 million electronic documents. Collections are dedicated to agricultural science, biology and agricultural engineering.

CAU has always attached great importance to initiating international programs and activities for exchange and cooperation with foreign countries in order to continue its open policy, accelerate the pace of CAU’s internationalization and promote CAU’s reputation worldwide. CAU has successfully implemented international cooperation programs with over 20 countries and regions and signed mutual agreements with over 60 world renowned universities. Hundreds of foreign scientists and specialists are invited to lecture and exchange research results. CAU has established the following institutions to meet the needs of international education and collaborative research: Sino-German Center for Comprehensive Agricultural Development, Sino-Japanese Training Center for Agricultural Machinery Maintenance, and Sino-Israeli International Center for Agricultural Research and Training, Sino – Japanese Research Center for Agriculture and Livestock Management.

The university employs six academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and six academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 526 professors and 755 associate professors. The total number of students is about 20,000, including 13,000 undergraduates and 6,700 postgraduate students.

The diverse and colorful campus life attracts all students with the active participation of faculty and staff. CAU has over 70 student associations covering a wide range of cultural and social activities such as politics, economics, culture, science and technology, theory, philanthropy.

Admission and tuition fees

Minimum age: 18 years

For admission to the undergraduate program, you must pass a test in mathematics, physics and chemistry, organized by the university.

Applicants who apply for courses taught in Chinese must complete a Chinese language course one year prior to academic study if their Chinese is not qualified. Only after passing the exams after the Chinese language course could they begin their academic studies. One year of studying Chinese is also covered by the scholarship.

Overseas students of China Agricultural University can apply for financial support of China State Scholarship (CGS), Beijing State Scholarship (BGS), or China Agricultural University Postgraduate Scholarships. The postgraduate scholarships, supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), are provided for prospective international students to pursue master’s or doctoral studies at leading universities in China, so as to enhance student exchange and academic cooperation between Chinese universities and their overseas partner institutions.
China Agricultural University is ranked among the top universities supported by CSC for direct recruitment of scholarship students

Studying programs

China Agricultural University currently has 52 undergraduate majors, 171 postgraduate majors and 95 PhD majors open to international students, meanwhile, CAU has created full-fledged postgraduate study programs in English.

  • Faculties and colleges
  • Agronomic College
  • College of Horticulture
  • Plant protection college
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Livestock and Technology
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Food Science and Food Engineering
  • College of Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • College of engineering
  • College of Water Management and Civil Engineering
  • College of Science
  • College of Economics and Management
  • College of Liberal Arts and Development
  • International College in Beijing
  • School of Continuing Education
  • Department of Art Education and Physical Education
  • Department of Ideological Education
  • Yantai Academy of Agrarian University of China (Yantai Campus)
  • Beijing Civil Engineering University


Foreign students are provided with double rooms in the hostel. The cost of living is $ 8 per day (the room has a telephone, TV, refrigerator, air conditioning, individual kitchen and bathroom).


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