Philosophy Summer School

Founded in 2015, the Beijing Normal University Philosophy Summer School is designed for international university students who are curious about traditional Chinese culture and its impact on the contemporary culture of China.

Unfortunately, our 2020 Summer School is unable to go ahead due to the ongoing global situation surrounding COVID-19. Our next Summer Schools will take place in 2021 with applications open early 2021.


The invited speakers are world-renowned scholars who offer unique insights into traditional Chinese philosophy and thought-provoking discussions on contemporary China.

The Summer School also presents a unique opportunity to meet young people from around the world who share a passion to explore the treasures of Chinese civilisation.

This programme is offered by Beijing Normal University (BNU), the Confucius Institute's partner University. BNU offers a number of scholarships for the Institute and University of Manchester students to attend their short programmes in China.

Dates: 6-20 July 2020

Venue: Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. 

Theme: A Journey into Chinese Thought and Modern Civilisation

Applicants must be a student of The University of Manchester or a student of the Manchester Confucius Institute and aged between 18-40.

Please submit a 300-500 word statement including the following details to no later than 19 March 2020.

  • why you wish to apply for this summer school
  • how you will benefit from the course
  • how you will make the most of your time in China (including what you expect to gain from the experience and how you will take this experience forward and any subsequent activities after your visit).

The scholarship will cover your tuition, return flights from Beijing, accommodation and social programme over the two-week period. Successful candidates will have to cover the cost of their visa and daily expenses. Please note that an X2 Student Visa will be required for this trip and obtaining this VISA will invalidate other VISAs to China you may already have obtained.