Lanzhou university

Lanzhou university

Lanzhou university is a major research university in Lanzhou, Gansu, China. Founded in 1909, it is one of the key universities under China’s Ministry of Education (Project 985 and Project 211). It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Class A Double First Class University. It provides programs for undergraduate, graduate students on four campuses—three in Lanzhou city centre and one in Yuzhong County, about 30 miles away from the main campus. Total enrolment compromises of approximately 20,000 undergraduates, 10,572 graduates, 2,559 doctoral students, and about 700 registered international students from 64 countries and regions across 5 continents. Undergraduate students study at the Yuzhong campus. There are 6 National Bases for the Training of Researching and Teaching personnel for Fundamental Disciplines. The University operates an additional 35 institutes along with 1 national key Laboratory of the Applied Organic and 3 key laboratories of Arid and Grassland Ecology, West China Environment, Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, a key laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystem of the Ministry of Agriculture. Lanzhou University was one of the first universities entitled to enroll Bachelor Master’s and Doctoral degree candidates in 1981. Lanzhou University is one of the top ten universities in contributions to academic publications in international journals frequently cited by ongoing research from around the world, ranking the 26th among all Chinese Universities in number of citations per paper. Lanzhou University’s history traces back to 1909 when its predecessor, the Gansu School of Law and Politics, was founded. The School of Law and Politics became the Sun Yat-sen University of Lanzhou in 1928 and from 1945, the National Lanzhou University. After 1949, it went by the name Lanzhou University. It was designated one of China’s 14 key universities.

In 1932 the Lanzhou Medical College and its affiliated hospital were founded. In 2002 the Gansu Grassland Ecology Research Institute, and in 2004 the Lanzhou Medical College were incorporated into Lanzhou University. Lanzhou University is noted for being one of China’s premier institutions of higher learning with its position as the best university in Northwestern China.

In 2017, Lanzhou University was designated as a class A university in the Double First Class University Plan. Lanzhou University maintains one of China’s top ten Ph.D. programs in physics, chemistry, atmospheric sciences and geography and highly ranked programs in information science, biology, botany, mathematics, history, media, ecology and Chinese literature. It is especially noted in fundamental science, ranked in the top 1% of the Essential Science Indicators index.The landing system of China’s Change’s 4 lunar lander was thanks to a Lanzhou University developed gamma shutdown sensor. Lanzhou University has two campuses, and one new campus under construction as well as three affiliated hospitals. The oldest campus is located in the center of Lanzhou, whereas the main campus is located in Yuzhong County. The One Belt and One Road campus, north of Lanzhou is under construction.

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A look at the location-

Lanzhou is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China. Located on the banks of the Yellow River, it is a key regional transportation hub, connecting areas further west by rail to the eastern half of the country. Historically, it has been a major link on the Northern Silk Road and it stands to become a major hub on the New Eurasian Land Bridge. The city is also a center for heavy industry and industry. Lanzhou is also one of the top 100 science cities in the world by scientific research as tracked by the Nature Index according to the Nature Index 2020 Science Cities.the city is home to several research institutions, notably Lanzhou University, one of China’s prestige universities as a member of the Project 985.

As of 31 December 2019, Lanzhou was home to 3,790,900 inhabitants of which 3,072,100 in the urban area. Originally in the territory of the Western Qiang peoples, Lanzhou became part of the territory of the State of Qin in the 6th century BC.

In 81 BC, under the Han dynasty (206 BC–AD 220), it was taken from the Huns’ Huandi Chanyu and made the seat of Jincheng commandery (jùn), and later of the Jincheng (Golden City) county (xiàn), later renamed Yunwu. Since at least the first millennium BC it was a major link on the ancient Northern Silk Road,[7][8] and also an important historic Yellow River crossing site. To protect the city, the Great Wall of China was extended as far as Yumen. Parts of the Great Wall still exist within the built-up area.[9]

After the fall of the Han dynasty, Lanzhou became the capital of a succession of tribal states. In the 4th century it was briefly the capital of the independent state of Liang. The Northern Wei dynasty (386–534) reestablished Jincheng commandery, renaming the county Jincheng (金城 ‘Gold city’). Mixed with different cultural heritages, the area at present-day Gansu province, from the 5th to the 11th century, became a center for Buddhist study. Under the Sui Dynasty (581–618) the city became the seat of Lanzhou prefecture for the first time, retaining this name under the Tang dynasty (618–907). In 763 the area was overrun by the Tibetan Empire and in 843 was conquered by the Tang. Later it fell into the hands of the Western Xia dynasty (which flourished in Qinghai from the 11th to 13th century) and was subsequently absorbed by the Song dynasty (960–1126) in 1081. The name Lanzhou was reestablished, and the county renamed Lanzhuan.

After 1127 it fell into the hands of the Jin dynasty, and after 1235 it came into the possession of the Mongol Empire.

Under the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) the prefecture was demoted to a county and placed under the administration of Lintao superior prefecture, but in 1477 Lanzhou was reestablished as a political unit. The city acquired its current name in 1656, during the Qing dynasty. When Gansu was made a separate province in 1666, Lanzhou became its capital

In 1739 the seat of Lintao was transferred to Lanzhou, which was later made a superior prefecture called Lanzhou. Lanzhou was badly damaged during the Dungan revolt in 1864–1875. In the 1920s and 1930s it became a center of Soviet influence in northwestern China.

Lanzhou university ranking-

In 2020, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranked Lanzhou University at 401-500th globally. From the same

University rankings

Global – Overall

ARWU World

401-500 (2020)

USNWR Global

595 (2021)

Regional – Overall


114 (2021)

National – Overall

USNWR National

48 (2021)

Rankings by subjects, “Chemistry” and “Atmospheric Science” subjects were ranked in the global top 100.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking 2021 ranked Lanzhou as 595th in the world, 114th in Asia and 48th in China. It also ranks globally at 188th in “Agricultural Science”, at 123th in “Chemical Engineering”, at 150th in “Chemistry”, at 157th in “Energy and Fuels”, at 403th in “Engineering”, at 304th in “Environment/Ecology”, at 167th in “Geoscience”, at 150th in “Material Science”, 164th in “Mathematics”, at 131th in “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”, at 404th in “Physics”, and at 244th in “Plant and Animal Science” according to the same ranking.

In 2020, the QS World University Ranking ranked the university within the 751-800th band globally.

Lanzhou university admission-


  1. Admission steps: Preliminary review by School of International Cultural Exchange - related college review and interview – university pre-admission – China Scholarship Council final review – final admission. According to the application materials, we will adopt merit-based enrollment. The final result of admission will be announced on about July 15 (subject to notification from the China Scholarship Council).
  2. The enrollment time is usually around the beginning of September. The specific time will be based on the Admission Notice. Students who have been admitted should strictly follow the requirements of China’s epidemic prevention policy, and come to the student affairs’ office of School of International Cultural Exchange, Lanzhou University to register on time, those who fail to register during the specified enrollment time will be disqualified from admission.

Admission documents required-

  1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship (in English or in Chinese).
  2. Foreigner’s Physical Examination Form and blood test report in English. Original forms must be presented when you come to register. The medical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner’s Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. In view of the fact that the inspection result is valid for 6 months, the applicant shall determine the time for the medical examination.
  3. Notarized version of diploma and degree (Bachelor’s and above, documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations)Senior students should provide certificate which can show their expected date of graduation. Original certificate must be presented when you come to register.
  4. Notarized version of applicant’s transcripts (Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations).
  5. Two recommendation letters in Chinese or English by different professors or associate professors.
  6. Copy or copies of any award or research can be presented to show your personal talents or achievements.
  7. Non-criminal record report. The applicant shall submit a valid certificate of Non-Criminal Record issued by the local public security authority, usually issued within 6 months prior to the submission date of the application. If the applicant is unable to provide this document, as a substitute, the applicant could sign a non-criminal record commitment (Attachment 3).
  8. Certificate of English or Chinese proficiency.
  9. Copies of applicant’s valid passport, applicants in China also need to provide a copy of the current valid visa page or residence permit page.

Materials above(Original one) should be scanned and uploaded to the system. University will ask the applicant to submit supplementary materials if necessary,Unclear or incomplete materials are not accepted.

Lanzhou university Application-

Application Procedure

1. Finish online application: (Program category: B; Agency code: 10730).

2. Finish online application in Lanzhou University international students online service system: And upload all original documents scanned copy.


1. Hard copy is no longer required this year.

2. Fill in correct email address and check your email frequently, Lanzhou University will contact you through email for future.

Lanzhou university fees structure-

Teaching Medium: Chinese
Starting Date: Sep.2021
Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2021
Tuition Fee: CNY 32,000 per year
Application Fee: 150 USD (Non-Refundable)

Lanzhou university scholarship-

Details of Scholarship:

1. Free of Tuition
2. Provide free accommodation (double room)
3. Provide stipend, the standard is:
For Master’s: RMB 3,000/Month
For Doctoral candidate: RMB 3,500/Month
4. Provide RMB 800 comprehensive medical insurance

PS: Students need to buy third-party liability insurance for RMB 100/semester or RMB 200/year themselves.

Qualifications for Scholarship Application

1. Non-Chinese Nationality and in good health
2. Degree and Age Requirements:
Applicants for Master Degree studies must have a Bachelor’s Degree and under the age of 35;
Applicants for Doctoral Degree studies must have a Master’s Degree and under the age of 40.
3. Have good grades and outstanding scientific research ability
4. Applicants must not accept other scholarships
5. Applicants apply Chinese taught programs require HSK Level4 180 or above (certificate is valid for 2 years)
6. Applicants apply English taught programs require IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 80 or other proof of their English proficiency, native English speakers do not require certificate of English proficiency.


Please check the attachment 1 below for more information of majors. The major can be applied will be subjected to the approved ones by China Scholarship Council, and all programs can accept application of general or advanced visitors.

Lanzhou university FAQs-

Are there any programs taught in English?

Sorry. Only Chinese-taught programs are offered currently.

Is there any scholarship offered for Chinese language students?

No. Chinese language programs are on a self-funded basis.

Can I apply for a Chinese government scholarship without a HSK certificate?

You can apply CSC scholarships either through an embassy or the University. To get a CSC scholarship from the Embassy, you are not necessarily required to provide a HSK certificate. You’d better get a pre-admission letter from us so that the chance of winning the scholarship is higher. But if you apply for a scholarship directly from the University, a HSK 3 or above is a must for undergraduate programs while a HSK 4 or above is necessary for master’s and doctoral programs.