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Introduction

About the SFS

This history of the School of Foreign Studies (SFS) of Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) can be traced to the year 1897, just one year after the university was founded in Shanghai as Nan Yang College, and its name then was the Department of Western Languages.

Currently, SFS offers 3 undergraduate programs: English (including bilingual majors of English & German, English & French, and English & Russian), Japanese, and French. SFS is authorized to offer master degrees in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, English Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, and SFS also offers Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) program (English, Japanese). In 2013, SFS started a Ph.D. program in Systemics of Language and Culture. SFS also offers a diverse range of foreign-languages-related courses to the undergraduate and graduate students of other majors at XJTU.

The following are the departments and institutions of SFS: English Department, Japanese Department, French Department, German Department, Russian Department, the College English Teaching Center, the Postgraduate English Teaching Center, the Foreign Languages Research Center, the MTI Education Center, the Silk Road Combined Center of European Studies (SRCCES), the Center of Japanese Studies, the Center of Cross-Cultural Studies, and other support institutions such as the Teaching Experiment Center and the Center for International Language Tests.

There are over 540 students in SFS, including more than 430 undergraduates and 110 postgraduates. The faculty and staff totals about 210, including 15 professors and 71 associate professors. Each year, about 30 experts and teachers from other countries work at the SFS, and dozens of visiting professors and part-time professors come to visit or teach.

SFS boasts a group of brilliant and talented faculty who are involved in teaching and are actively engaged in a wide range of research fields in linguistics, literature and international relations, including discourse analysis, second language acquisition and foreign language teaching, fuzzy linguistics, translation studies, ESP, lexicography, foreign literature, etc. Their work has been supported by various research funds, including National Social Science Foundation and Shaanxi Social Science Foundation, and the research articles are often published on distinguished international journals, and specialized academic books are often published by leading academic presses.

SFS has established ties to 16 well-known universities of the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, and other countries, and has implemented extensive exchange and cooperation programs. Each year, over 50 students and teachers go abroad to study or participate in research, and more than 10 international scholars are invited to give lectures.

SFS is located in Shaw Building, which has classrooms equipped with advanced recording and multimedia systems, and a simultaneous interpretation training system. There is also a professional recording studio, an FM radio broadcasting station, and rich online resources for language learning. More than 30,000 volumes of books and dozens of academic journals are collected in the SFS library, which provides good resources for foreign language teaching and research.

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