The normal period of study for each program is as follows: 4 years for undergraduate degrees, 3 years (or in some cases, 2 years) for master's degrees, and 4 years for doctoral degrees. Students may, in particular cases, apply for early or delayed graduation. .
SXAU divides every academic year into spring and autumn semesters, with the latter marking the commencement of the academic year. The autumn semester starts in September and ends in January of the following year while the spring semester begins in February and ends in June. There will be a winter and summer vacation every year.
International students have the following options of study at SXAU:
(1) Undergraduate or graduate degree-granting programs;
(2) Visiting students program (non-degree granting);
(3) Pre-university program;
(4) Short-term language courses or Chinese studies programs.
Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with good health, valid passport, above the age of 18, and should abide by Chinese law and the regulations of SXAU. They should also respect Chinese social customs.