China University of Geosciences 中国地质大学 (武汉)

About the university

Location: Wuhan, China

Chinese University of Geosciences (CUG) is a university, the main building of which is located in the cities of Beijing and Wuhan. The institute is recognized as particularly important at the state level and is under the control of the Ministry of Education of China.

The disciplines taught here belong to the list of the most important for the development of the country. Created on the basis of the Beijing Institute of Geology, the university is closely related to the oil and gas industry in China. Many notable alumni, including former Premier of the State Council of China Wen Jiabao, have taken on high positions and career advancements.

University ranking and benefits

The Institute is recognized as the most significant institution for the training of professional geologists and specialists in the field of oil and gas. The campus in Beijing is considered one of the best academic universities in the capital. The department in Wuhan is famous for the high level of teaching the humanities. The university is officially included in the list of participants in the “211” project.

The benefits of local training are:

  • Serious attitude to practice and scientific research.
  • Availability of training programs in English.
  • Study of specialized subjects in the framework of short-term programs.
  • Well-established system of international exchange and a high level of education for foreigners.

The Wuhan branch is known for its friendly attitude towards students from other countries and good organization of the educational process.

Composition and infrastructure

The university is a large educational institution. 44,000 students from China and other countries study here. The faculty includes renowned specialists in the fields of geology, archeology, linguistics, chemistry, physics, etc. Among the teachers are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and holders of national awards.

The campuses have everything you need for research work. The laboratories are equipped with the latest technology, and it is also possible to use separate centers for the study of geology, mineralogy, etc. On the Wuhan campus, the largest museum of paleontology in China is open, where the remains of dinosaurs are stored.

The university has a large library at its disposal, which contains, among other things, specialized professional literature. Also on the territory there are sports grounds and a stadium.

Admission and tuition fees

Documents are submitted online through the university website. The cost of studying at the university is:

  • Long-term language program – 8000 yuan / semester, 16000 yuan / year ($ 2540).
  • Undergraduate – 18,000 – 22,000 yuan per year ($ 2850 – $ 3490).
  • Master’s degree – 25,000 – 35,000 yuan per year ($ 3965-$ 5550).
  • Doctorate – 35,000 yuan per year ($ 5550).

Separately, short-term summer research programs and teacher training courses are organized. The cost of these courses is determined upon request.


The Ministry of Education of China offers several funding options to applicants entering China University of Geosciences. The university collaborates with the Confucius Institute, which issues grants to participants in Chinese language programs. Also, those who wish can apply for a scholarship from the Government of the PRC. For all other categories, there is a special grant “For foreign students”, which is issued directly by the university for excellent academic results.

Detailed information on financial support can be found on the official website of the university and the Chinese embassy.

Studying programs

International applicants are offered a range of specialties at levels from undergraduate to doctoral degrees in Chinese. Among them:

  • Classical geology of granite.
  • Archeology.
  • Hubei karst caves landscape.
  • E-commerce management.
  • Chinese language and culture.
  • Chinese tourism.
  • Chinese art.

Examples of undergraduate programs taught in English include:

  • Geoengineering.
  • Management Science and Engineering.
  • Computer engineering.
  • Electromechanical Engineering.
  • Communications and engineering systems.

For those who wish to study Chinese, special preparatory linguistic courses are organized.


The Institute consists of 20 separate colleges offering both technical and liberal arts education. Here is some of them:

  • Earth sciences.
  • Resource Sciences.
  • Engineering.
  • Geophysics and Geomatics.
  • Materials science and chemistry.
  • Mathematics and physics.
  • Gemology.
  • Foreign languages.
  • Public administration.
  • Arts and communication.

Separately, it is worth highlighting the Consortium of Earth Sciences, which was created at the university specifically within the framework of international cooperation and brings together representatives of many countries from almost all continents of the world.


International students live in a hostel on the main campus (Wuhan). The rooms are equipped with everything necessary for life, while the cost of living is:

  • Single occupancy – 12,000 yuan ($ 1,900) per year.
  • Double occupancy – 8400 yuan ($ 1330) per year.

The payment is made once every six months. Utilities and Internet are paid separately.

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