Introduction of School of Foreign Languages

The School of Foreign Languages, China University of Geosciences (Beijing) (CUGB), was originally known as the Department of Foreign Languages. It was established as the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Section of the Department of Basic Courses of CUGB in 1993 and renamed as the School of Foreign Languages in 2011. With more than 20 years of construction and development, the School of Foreign Languages has become a distinguished scientific and teaching unit, mainly teaching English, but also Russian, Japanese, and French.

The school’s philosophy is “strengthening the college with talents”, with the goal of improving the overall quality and innovation ability of teachers. The school strives to develop high-quality, vigorous, teaching team, with a particular focus on training leaders in teaching and scientific research. The school has 78 teaching and administrative staff. Of these, 61 are Chinese teachers and 6 are foreign teachers. There are 11 ancillary staff. The school has 5 professors and 24 associate professors, with 43% of the teaching staff holding high-level professional qualifications. Of those teachers holding professional qualifications, 15 are qualified as instructors for postgraduates. Of the Chinese teachers, 15 hold doctoral degrees and 6 are engaged in part-time study for doctoral degrees. One of the foreign teachers is a winner of the "Friendship Award" of the Chinese government.

Following more than 20 years of exploration, practice, reform, and innovation, the English discipline teaching of the school has evolved a talent training model featuring "solid foundation, wide range, and strong ability". The undergraduate English major has two training streams: English Language and Literature and Translation and Interpretation. The postgraduate program has two streams: Foreign Languages and Literature (academic master) and translation and interpretation (professional master). Foreign Languages and Literature has three training streams: Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, English Language and Literature, and Translation and Interpretation. There are 435 undergraduates and postgraduates studying the English discipline within the School.

The college offers a supportive and beneficial environment for learning. Over the years, our students have won National Scholarships and have been awarded the titles of "Merit Students" and "Outstanding Graduates" in Beijing. The first time passing rate of TEM 4 and 8 (Test for English Majors- Band 4/8) has consistently been higher than the national average and far higher than the average for universities of science and technology. The proportion of graduates going on to study for master's degrees has consistently been around 20%. Over the years, undergraduates majoring in English have been recommended for direct admission to or admitted with excellent scores to Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Renmin University of China, Beijing Normal University, and other famous universities to study for master's degrees.