Fujian Normal University (FNU) is a high-level university jointly built by the Ministry of Education and Fujian Provincial People's Government, a key and a first-class university in Fujian Province, and one of Fujian Province's second batch of Double First-class universities. It is also one of the earliest normal universities in China. Founded as Fujian Excellent Normal School in 1907 by the famous late-Qing scholar Chen Baochen, who once served as the teacher of China’s last emperor. The present day FNU went through a few changes—merging with the former Hwa-Nan Women’s College of Arts and Sciences, Fukien Christian University and Fujian Provincial Teachers School respectively—to form Fujian Teachers College in 1953. In 1972, the University was renamed Fujian Normal University and has been thus referred to since then.
Located in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian province, the University consists of two campuses: Qishan and Cangshan, with a total land area of about 266 hectares. FNU offers 84 undergraduate programs, 21 primary discipline doctoral programs, 34 primary discipline master programs. The University also has 22 professional master programs. Academic programs cover 9 major areas in literature, history, physics, engineering, pedagogy, economics, law, business management, and art. Currently, there are over 24,000 full time undergraduate students, more than 10,000 graduate students, over 200 doctoral supervisors, more than 1,000 master supervisors and over 1,800-full-timeteaching and auxiliary staff in the main campuses. Its faculty counts 63.57% professors or associate professors and 65.54% doctorate degree holders.
Situated in the core area of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road and adjacent to Taiwan, Hongkong and Macao, FNU takes full advantage of this privileged location to develop its international exchanges and cooperation. Currently, the University has established friendly and cooperative relations with more than 130 universities and institutions in the USA, UK, Italy, Australia, Japan, Philippines, with UNESCO, and pragmatic cooperation with over 40 universities in Taiwan have been launched.
Founded in November, 2017 and sponsored by the Friends of the Philippines Foundation, Soledad College is established by Fujian Normal University to admit and cultivate students from the Philippines under the background of implementing the One Belt and One Road initiative. So as to deepen the cooperation of higher education between the two countries.
Soledad College is named after Soledad Roa Duterte (Nanay Soling) not only to commemorate the great mother who has the family ties with Fujian Province, a famous Filipino educator, philanthropist and social activist, but also to celebrate the legacy of courage, commitment and compassion left behind by Nanay Soling. Soledad College hopes to carry forward the spirit of dedication to inspire young people to work towards national progress, economic development, and social harmony.
With the support of the Friends of the Philippines Foundation and the Federation of Fil-Chinese Association of the Philippines Foundation, Inc.(FFCAP), Soledad College mainly enrolls Filipino students for undergraduate and master's degrees. It occasionally organizes seminars and training for officials, senior executives of industrial and commercial enterprises from the Philippines. The College helps in expanding the education and cultural exchanges and cooperation between the Philippines and Fujian Province, and promotes the development of the China-Philippine relation.
I. Admission Major and Plan
Number of Enrollees
Chinese Proficiency Requirements
International College of Chinese Studies
YCT or HSK level 1 or above
The actual number of enrollees for the major will be determined according to circumstances as the actual number of students enrolled in each of the major.
II. Application Requirements
Interested applicants should meet the following requirements:
1. Should be 2023 freshly graduated students who have received formal education in public schools in the Philippines and accomplished the 12-year basic education system.
2. Should be a citizen of Republic of the Philippines who is under 22 years old and holds a valid passport.
3. Physical condition must be in lined with the “Health Inspection Standards for Foreign Students Studying in China” as promulgated by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (Refer to Notes for Application(Click to view)).
4. Should abide by the laws and regulations of People’s Republic of China, and school disciplines.
5. Students should have taken Chinese courses, be able understand spoken Chinese and speak Chinese, hold the YCT (Youth Chinese test) or HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) qualification report issued by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation of the Ministry of Education of the PRC (the former Confucius Institute Headquarters).
III. Registration Procedures
1. Graduates of SPFL-Chinese Mandarin program who meet the registration conditions shall apply to the SPFL-Chinese Mandarin Schools. Schools will send its recommended students to Each DepEd region. Each DepEd region will submit Consolidated Recommendation Form Undergraduate Degree Scholarship Program for SPFL-Chinese Mandarin Graduates to DepEd-SPFL Office. DepEd-SPFL Office and CI-AUF will screen the applicants. DepEd-SPFL Office will recommend qualified applicants to Fujian Normal University. Graduates from other schools shall directly apply to Soledad College, Fujian Normal University via email.
2. Qualified applicants will submit the documentary requirments before June 9, 2023 to the Soledad College, FNU, including:
①Application Form (Chinese Language Major) for 2023.(Download)
②Official Senior High School Academic Certificate (Diploma) which should be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.
③Official Transcripts of Records which should be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.
④YCT (Youth Chinese test) or HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) qualification report.
⑤Two Letters of recommendation from the graduated high school’s principal, classroom teacher and/or the Chinese teacher of the Chinese courses.
⑥Six recent glossy studio photos (48mm×33mm) with white background.
⑦Photocopy of the applicants’ passport main page. When entering China, the passport must be valid more than 6 months, preferably more than 2 years.
⑧A photocopy of the Foreign Physical Examination Form provided by the Chinese Health and Quarantine Department. Applicants should strictly comply with the instructions stipulated in the Foreign Physical Examination Form. The original should be kept by the applicant. Each page of the form (including the attached photo and all medical reports) should be stamped with the hospital’s seal and signified by the attending physician’s specimen signature. If items are incomplete, no photo with stamp attached, not signified by the doctor or stamped by the hospital, form will be deemed invalid.
All the above-mentioned documents must be printed on A4 paper and should be submitted in the above order. Original copies should also be presented for verification purposes during the interview.
If the submitted documents are incomplete, the application will be deemed invalid. All the documents submitted will not be returned.
The FNU Admission Committee will review the documents provided by the applicants on applicant’s transcript of records, language proficiency, recommendation letters, study plan, etc. Afterwards, an interview will be conducted.
After the deliberation by relevant institutions of the school, Soledad College will release an admission letter to the accepted applicant in August 2023.
Under the control of the epidemic situation, freshmen cannot enter the country with study visa, thus they would register online and study online. When the epidemic control is released, the school will release Visa Application for Study in China (JW202). The admitted student(s) will apply for a student visa (X Visa) and bring the admission letter to Soledad College for registration (the exact date will be determined by the epidemic situation). The student must submit the original certified documents such as Academic Certificate (diploma) and Transcript of Records. If the submitted documents are fraudulent, the admission qualification will be cancelled.
Student(s) are required to register on time. If they are unable to register due to some unavoidable reasons, they must apply for leave in advance in written form. If they do not register within two weeks without any valid reason, student(s) will be disqualified.
Student(s) are required to obtain residence visa issued by the Exit and Entry Administration Office of Fuzhou Public Security Bureau within 30 days upon entry to China. Prior to processing the resident permit, health certificate validated by the Fujian Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau must be secured. The fee for a residence visa is 400yuan/ a year; whereas health certificate is 536yuan for female and 531yuan for male. All expenses will be shouldered by the qualified students.
Ⅶ. Academic System and Degree
The program is designed for a full-time student with 4 years of schooling. The maximum length of study is 6 years (including suspension of study, retention of student status). Within the prescribed period of study, the students should complete the credits required by the education curriculum, before he/she gets the Bachelor’s of Arts degree.
Ⅷ. Tuition, Accommodation and Scholarship
The officially enrolled students will be entitled to tuition, accommodation and insurance benefits within the length of the academic year from the support of the Chinese Government Scholarship (or other scholarships) and friendship foundations. During the period of study in China (delayed graduation period not included), the amount of monthly living allowance enjoyed by each student will be determined according to the admission interview results or the annual academic evaluation. If the student drops out of school for personal reasons, he/she shall compensate for all the scholarships he/she has enjoyed.