Frequently Asked Questions
1. What language do you use to deliver this program?
DSCC is an English-taught program.
As one of the most internationalized faculties in China, most SSDPP faculty members to deliver DSCC courses graduated from top universities in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong. What’s more, English language skills are considered a priority when we recruit student service staff.
You can find more background information of our faculty and staff under the category of People on this website.
2. What procedures do I need to take to apply for this program?
Generally speaking, there are two steps to take before a successful application is made.
Step 1: Apply online at http://apply.bnu.edu.cn/
Step 2: Mail hard copies of all required application documents to Beijing Normal University.
3. What documents are required for my application to the DSCC program?
(1) Hard copy of your Online Application Form (You will get this form at the final step of your online application. Please remember to attach ID photos on the form and sign on it!)
(2) Application fee (Pay the application fee with the online application system!)
(4) Copy of the photo page of your valid personal passport
(5) Two 2-inch photos from the last 6 months (No hats, glasses or other obstructions to a full head shot allowed)
(6) Personal statement (800 words maximum)
(7) Degree certificate(s) for all your previous degree(s), unless you are submitting a final transcript which confirms award of degree and final grades achieved. If the original documents are not in English, you must submit certified, official translations.
(8) Two academic references (One from an employer if applicable)
(9) For non-native English speakers, notarized proof of English level (TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent).
(10) A Writing sample (preferably on a development topic) will be considered a plus.
4. What will be valued as a plus to my application?
Keen interests in the Chinese development are considered a plus. We value your previous experience of studying about China or working on China-related assignments. Even without the experience, you may have a clear vision of how the DSCC experience will be situated in your future career.
A development-related educational background is preferable, but not necessarily considered a determinant. As a school known for its interdisciplinary research and educational approach, we are firm believers of better educational results brought about by integration of different perspectives.
5. Does the DSCC program offer any scholarship opportunity?
The following types of scholars are available on the basis of merit and need.
(1) The Chinese Government Scholarship
Deadline for application: March 15 (Saturdays and Sundays unavailable).
(2) The Beijing Municipal Government ScholarshipTuition Waiver
Deadline for application: May 15 (Saturdays and Sundays unavailable).
(3) Beijing Normal University New International Students
6. When is the application deadline?
Deadlines for scholarships:
- The Chinese Government Scholarship: March 15.
- The Beijing Municipal Government Scholarship: May 15.
7. Is internship a requirement of the DSCC program? How do I find an internship?
Internship is an elective course of the DSCC program. You will receive 2 credits by conducting an internship of no less than 30 days of work. Although internship is not a requirement, we strongly encourage you to consider doing an internship during your study to better incorporate classroom knowledge with practical work.
We require your internship work to be related to social development and, preferably, China. Possible internship places can be your embassy/consulates in China, chamber of commerce, international and local development agencies, think tanks, etc. Plan ahead for your internship schedule and start early to search for a position.
SSDPP has established partnerships with numerous organizations to accept DSCC students as interns such as the China Institute of Social Responsibility, International Poverty Reduction Center of China, Center for China & Globalization, and the pool is expanding. However, availability of internship positions each year depends on the demands of individual institutions.
8. What if my questions are not mentioned on this page?
Please feel free to drop an email to DSCC@bnu.edu.cn. Our program coordinator is ready to respond to your questions and to assist you at every step of application.