Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Province: ShanghaiXuhui                              University Ranking: 3033

About University

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Shanghai Conservatory of Music (上海音乐学院) is the founder and incubator of modern professional music education in China. The country’s first batch of “double first-class” construction universities, as an outstanding representative of Chinese music education, enjoys a high reputation at home and abroad, known as “musician” Cradle “.

The Shanghai Conservatory of Music (上海音乐学院)  was formerly known as the National Conservatory of Music. It was founded in Shanghai on November 27, 1927, by Mr. Cai Yuanpei and Mr. Xiao Youmei. The first dean, Mr. Cai Yuanpei, was the first independent institution of higher learning in China. The concept of “establishing a middle school and turning it into a body” has established a professional system and discipline system for professional music education in China. Since 1956, it has changed its current name and is a key institution directly under the Ministry of Culture. It is now jointly established by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Shanghai. In 2017, it was listed as the first batch of “double first-class” construction universities in the country and was selected as a high-level local college construction school in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Conservatory of Music currently has 2,545 full-time students, 528 faculty members, 307 full-time teachers, 29 foreign teachers and 114 international students from 29 countries. The school-level covers undergraduate education, graduate education, involving 7 majors composition and composition technology theory, musicology, music art performance, recording art, public service management, music technology, and art, digital media art, 22 In the direction, there are two post-doctoral research mobile stations. It is currently the only professional music school in China that has three first-level disciplines.

Shanghai Conservatory of Music (上海音乐学院)  has established a “big, medium and small” consistent system for the cultivation of artistic talents with Chinese characteristics. It has a number of discipline platforms such as art centers, performance groups, and another teaching, performance, scientific research, 1 national core academic journal “Music Art”, 1 music library with the richest collection of historical documents and archives, 1 system Flexible Music Research Institute, 1 Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press, which has continuously launched high-level academic achievements, and 1 “National National Unity and Progress Education Base” Oriental Musical Instrument Museum. In recent years, the school holds an average of more than 300 various art practices and concerts every year, serving hundreds of thousands of audiences. The existing school building area: 82156 square meters, the area under construction: 96758 square meters.

Distinct advantages and distinctive characteristics The four directions of music creation and theory, music performance, musicology theory, and music application are the main subjects, forming a cross-fusion, coordinated and complementary development pattern of traditional superior disciplines, characteristic disciplines and emerging composite disciplines. Top position. According to the Ministry of Education’s 2012 National Third Round Discipline Assessment Ranking, it has 1 national key discipline (Musicology), 2 national specialties – Music Performance, Composition and Composition Theory, 2 central finance and local universities Build key laboratories – historical audio repair system engineering laboratory, music and technology laboratory.

After 77 years of historical accumulation and development, with the care and support of the leaders of the previous institutes, the current collection has more than 300,000 volumes (pieces). With the increasingly rich collection, the library is gradually developing towards a modern, networked, digital, and multimedia professional library. The library consists of six departments: office, editorial department, circulation department, reading department, audio-visual department, and information consulting technology department, as well as two research institutions. . Initially formed a comprehensive and comprehensive service structure of the collection, editing, circulation, reading, data copying, audio-visual appreciation, electronic reading, and document retrieval. From 2000 to 2004, the library underwent several phases of renovation, and successively set up a computer room, a music literature reading room, a classroom for music literature and an electronic reading room. At present, in the electronic reading room, you can browse the Internetwork and search the “National Newspaper Index Database”, and you can also browse and download related documents of the “Tsinghua Tongfang” and “International Music Journal Index (IIMP)” databases for free. Make the teachers and students of the college make the most of the resources. As of June 2004, the library has a total collection of about 300,000 documents. Among them, 7165 sets of journals and newspapers, a total of 41,525 copies; 6382 sets of CD-ROMs, 9565 sheets; 12421 sets of video and audiotapes, 12448 boxes; 25278 sets of slow-turn bakelite records, 38069 pieces; 20559 sets of fast-turn bakelite records, 27092 sheets; a total of about 185609 volumes of various book music scores, including about 7000 volumes of special collection materials.

Schools with a wide range of international influences are now members of the European Conservatory of Music and Pacific Rim Conservatory of Music. They have signed strategic cooperation agreements with 33 world-leading or first-class music schools in more than 20 countries and regions, such as Julia College Curtis Institute of Music, Berkeley School of Music, Yale University School of Music, Royal College of Music, Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts in Austria, Hamburg University of Music and Drama in Germany, the National Institute of Music and Dance in Paris, France, Moscow State Tchaikov in Russia The Ski College of Music and others have carried out in-depth inter-school cooperation with 11 of them. The famous composer’s Sheng Zongliang, Tristan Mihai, Tan Dun, Chen Qigang, Chen Xiaoyong, conductors Simon Lat, Ozawa Zhenger, Yu Long, violinists Pinkas Zuckerman, Itzhak Perlman, Vatin Repin, Mi Dori, an oboe performer, came to the school as honorary professor and visiting professor. Many graduates have become the leading and backbone talents of major orchestras and music institutions in the world. In 2017, the famous alumni Du Yun won the American Pulitzer Music Award.

Adhering to the motto of “He Yi Zhuang Cheng”, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (上海音乐学院)  aims at “doing first-class music education and creating an internationally advanced level”, insisting on building up morals, promoting socialist core values, inheriting and spreading Chinese excellent culture, and achieving The “Chinese Dream” of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has made positive contributions. Root in China and build a world-class music university.

University's Program Types





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ),

What is the world ranking of this University?

The Country rank of this University is 399 and the world rank is 3033.

Does Chinese universities provide programs in English?

YES, Chinese Universities provide programs in English. International Students can pursue their degrees in English taught in Chinese Universities.

Do I need to take an IELTS or TOEFL exam before applying in this University?

No, Students don’t need IELTS or TOEFL certification for getting admitted to this University but for applying Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC) sometimes students are asked for the IELTS certificate.

What Documents do I need to apply for this University?

The primary documents for applying to this University are Notary stamped scanned copies of the last Academic degree certificate and testimonial, Passport, Police Clearance Certificate and Medical Certificate.

When my offer letter come after applying this University?

Usually, It takes 4 to 8 weeks for an offer letter to come from any Chinese Universities after applying.

University's other Information


Admission is going on for March/September Intake. Interested students are invited to apply. Both semesters are open for Diploma, Bachelor, Post-Graduates, and the Doctoral program.

To get admission information or any kind of queries, please contact:

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Scholarships 30%
Result Status 80%
Foreign Students 45%
Positive Reviews 80%
University Ranking 85%

All Programs

Non Degree :

Program Degree Duration Tuition Fees(CNY) Teaching Medium
International Summer Camp Non Degree 4 weeks 2000 RMB per week Chinese

Bachelor Program:

Program Degree Duration Tuition


Teaching Medium
Electronic and Information Engineering Bachelor 4 years 17000 RMB per year  Chinese
International Economics and Trade Bachelor 4 years 16000 RMB per year  Chinese
Chemical Engineering and Technology Bachelor 4 years 20000 RMB per year  Chinese
Environment and Energy Bachelor 4 years 20000 RMB per year  Chinese
Software Engineering Bachelor 4 years 16000 RMB per year  Chinese
Communication Engineering Bachelor 4 years 17000 RMB per year  Chinese
Pharmaceutical Science Bachelor 4 years 20000 RMB per year  Chinese

Master’s Program:

Program Degree Duration Tuition Fees(CNY) Teaching Medium
Business Administration (Specializing in International Trade) Master 3 Years 18000 RMB per year English
Chemical Engineering and Technology Master 3 Years 30000 RMB per year English
Mechanical Manufacture and Automation Master 3 Years 22000 RMB per year English
Computer Software and Theory Master 3 Years 22000 RMB per year English

Fees Details

Expenses in Shanghai Conservatory of Music

  1. Tuition fee: 
  • Non Degree: 2000 RMB
  • Bachelor Degree:16000 RMB- 20000 RMB RMB per Year
  • Master’s Degree: 1800 RMB- 30000 RMB per Year
  1. Accommodation Fee: 
  • Double Room: 40 RMB per day
  • Single Room: 80 RMB per day
  1. Food cost: 900 RMB per Month
  2. Application Fee: 95 USD
  3. Living expanse: 400 RMB to 3000 RMB per month
  4. Medical checkup: 300 RMB
  5. Insurance fee: 600- 1000 Yuan/year

After you are admitted, we will inform you via email for your confirmation of acceptance. Afterward, we will issue the admission letter, JW201/202 Form for visa application. If you wish to live on campus, please complete the Housing Application form.

Prepare Your Departure:

Before your departure, be sure to take the following materials:

(1) The Admission Letter

(2) Passport (valid for at least 6 months).

(3) JW201/202 Form

(4) Official Foreigner Physical Examination Form and your blood test report. 

Be aware that the orientation is mandatory for freshman students.

Admission Procedure

Applying for any course at Shanghai Conservatory of Music is very easy. Following some easy steps, you can easily apply for your desired course. You can complete your application online by following some simple steps. 

Here is the detailed information about the required admission documents. International applicants are highly recommended to provide the following documents.

1. Passport & Passport Size Photo (Scan Copy)


First of all, you must have a passport. As we know passport is a very essential document and without this, we can not leave our country. So if you don’t have it yet, we advise you to make it from your home country as soon as possible. Moreover, if you already have your passport, then make sure that it is not expired. If your passport already expired then you need to renew it. Please note, your passport must have to be ready before your visa processing. See a sample of passport.

Passport Size Photo

The general size of the passport size photo is (50mm x 40mm). For applying in china universities, your passport size photo has to be clear and the background must be plain, white or off-white in colour. The height of the head is between 28mm – 33mm and head width 21mm–24mm. Advice to submit a colour photo which is taken 6 months before. Use a clear picture of your face. Do not use any filters and take off your eyeglasses for passport size photos, selfies or pictures with someone do not use as a passport size photo. Here is a sample of a Passport Size Photo.

2. Academic Transcript and Certificate (must be notarized copy)

Submit your immediate academic transcripts & certificate for applying. For example, if you are applying for bachelor submit your school transcripts and certificates. For Master’s Degree provide your undergraduate transcripts and certificates. When you are applying for Ph.D, you have to provide your both (undergraduate and graduate) transcripts and certificates. Transcript And Certificate are important, it help universities to decide if you have the necessary background and skills for the major. All Transcripts and Certificates must have to be notarized. You can notarize your document from an advocate who is authorized by the government.

Note: All the applicant’s transcripts and certificates must be notarized and language should be in Chinese or English version.

3. CV/Resume

You must prepare a CV or resume for applying in abroad country. CV acts as your business profile, though universities are not interested in detailed descriptions of your jobs or experience, but you have to add this. You should focus on your published academic papers, describe academic group works or extracurricular activities, relevant think-thanks, etc. Add your academic qualifications with results, personal details, personal achievement these are must for a perfect CV. Here is a sample of the CV/resume.

4. Physical Examination

Aspiring overseas students are required to take a medical examination to ensure that you are in a good physical condition. The medical examination must include all the items which are listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. The medical examination result will be declared as invalid without the signature of the attending doctor and hospital stamp or seal. You must bring the original medical documents when you come to arrive in China. The Medical certificate will be carried out on behalf of The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Public Security. Here get a sample of physical examination.

5. Police Clearance

The police clearance certificate is known as “No Criminal Record Certificate” and also known as a good citizen certificate. Police clearance is very important for going to abroad because a foreign country does not allow any criminal records. Police Clearance Certificate is an official document approved by the police or government agencies to prove that you have no criminal offense like arrest, conviction. Additionally, a police clearance certificate is valid for the next 6 months, After 6 months of issue, it will be declared as invalid. See the sample of the Police Clearance Certificate.

6. Bank Statement

A bank statement is mandatory when we go foreign for different purposes like a visitor, a business or immigrants. These rules are not changeable for study. So, students also have to show a bank statement. China has no strict rules that only your parents have to be your sponsor. Anyone can be your sponsor. See the sample of a bank statement.

7. English Proficiency Certificate

For studying in China you must have to submit your English proficient certificate to prove your English skills. It is not mandatory that you must have IELTS, you can take English Proficiency Certificate from your school or university. Additionally, If you have done IELTS or TOFEL you can submit it. See the sample of English proficient certificate.

8. HSK certificate of proficiency in Chinese (if you have)

If you want to study in Chinese taught and want to get CSC scholarship then you must have to submit HSK certificate of proficiency in Chinese. HSK is not mandatory for English taught, but if you have it will be beneficial for you. HSK supervised by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to judge the Chinese language skill of non-native speakers. See the sample of HSK certificate of proficiency in Chinese.

9. 2 Recommendation Letter (Ms/Ph.D.)

Students of masters & Ph.D. have to submit two recommendation letters. A recommendation letter is usually written by a supervisor, colleague, and teacher. Two recommendation letters have to be written by two-person. Make sure that the writer knows you very well and you have completed any course with them or work with them.  In the letter mention about your academic and personal traits and emphasize the strengths that are relevant to the major or university where you are applying. Have to maintain a positive and enthusiastic tone about you and include professor’s phone numbers and email addresses. Here is the sample of the Recommendation Letter.

10. Study Plan/ Research Proposal (Ms/PhD)

If you want to apply for MS/Ph.D you must need a study plan or research proposal in Chinese or English (no less than 800 words). A study plan describes in detail what you are going to do with the scholarship. Explain your main educational goal, and how you want to achieve this. And keep in mind that it is very important, that helps in an excellent organization as well as creating a sense of liability in your learning process. This document is needed only for Ms or Ph.D applicants, so please make sure that your study plan or research proposal states that information as specific as possible. See the sample of Study Plan.

11. Study Gap Certificates

Study gap certificate is an affidavit that is used to show a gap in education or further study. Gap certificate provides your statement on the non-judicial stamp paper stating the reason for taking the gap and claim that you did not take admission to any other college, university or courses during the gap year. You can get this stamp paper from any notary, sub-registry office or court and contact with an advocate they will prepare your gap certificate.

12. Application Form

Fills this form in Chinese or English language. It is essential to fill all the information that should be very authentic. Click here to get the Application Form sample.

Please send us all these documents through our E-Mail:

Dear applicants, If you have more queries please don’t hesitate to knock our consultants. Here is our  Consultant’s contact number : +8613632437050/ +8618852867225. 

Scholarship Information

Shanghai Conservatory of Music as setting up a series of scholarship schemes to sponsor international students and scholars to undertake studies and research.  

Application Requirements

  1. Applicants should have to be non-Chinese or foreigners, hold a valid foreign passport and meet the appropriate requirements of studying abroad in China. 
  2. Applicants should be  friendly to China and be in good health
  3. Applicants should have received an undergraduate program or long term language must have a senior high school diploma and are under the age of 30.
  4. Applicants should have excellent academic performance and have a good command of English
  5. Law-abiding, diligent and studious, good grades and good conduct.

Application Materials   

  1. Application Form.
  2. Scan copy of notarized highest diploma and transcripts.
  3. San copy of Study Plan or Research Proposal (800 words or above).
  4. Two Recommendation Letters (written in Chinese or English) signed by a professor or an associate professor who knows you.
  5. Scan copy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form or Blood Examination Report or notarized photocopy.
  6. Student under 18 should have to submit relevant legal documents from their guardians.

The final information is subject to the University If there is any inconsistency!

Why choose us?

The Shanghai Conservatory of Music (上海音乐学院)  was formerly known as the National Conservatory of Music. It was founded by Mr. Cai Yuanpei and Dr. Xiao Youmei in Shanghai on November 27, 1927. It is the first independent professional music education institution in China. In 2000, the college was transferred to Shanghai under the direct control of the Ministry of Culture and is now jointly established by the Ministry of Culture and Shanghai. In September 2017, the school was listed as a “Double First-Class” construction university by the Ministry of Education. Since the founding of New China, He Luting, Sang Tong, Jiang Mingdun, Yang Liqing, and Xu Shuya have successively served as presidents. Over the past ninety years of running a school, a comprehensive system of music art disciplines has been gradually formed with composition and composition technology theory, music theory research as the core, music performance art as the main subject, and applied music as the extension. Talent is known as “the cradle of musicians”.

Profound historical background The school has established at the beginning of its establishment that “one side imports world music, the other engages in organizing national music, and the period tends to be harmonious, while cultivating the consciousness and art of national beauty and peace”, establishing the professional music education in China. School system and discipline system.

Over the years, especially after 1978, Shanghai Conservatory of Music (上海音乐学院)  has strengthened foreign art exchanges, and established close inter-school contacts with music schools in the United States, Russia, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, and Japan; held an international music school principals ’forum, Send teachers and students to visit, give lectures, exchanges, perform and invite foreign experts to give lectures and exchanges in our college. In addition, a group of well-known renowned professors at home and abroad and the young and middle-aged academic backbones who have emerged in recent years have taught in various departments and majors. Over the past 80 years, through the unremitting efforts of generations of experts and scholars, the overall teaching level has been in a leading position in the country, and some disciplines are at the international advanced level. Excellent teaching traditions and learning styles have prompted the emergence of excellent musical talents. The college has trained talents all over the country and around the world. Shanghai Conservatory of Music is known as the “cradle of musicians”.

As the first batch of Shanghai Central Library member libraries, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Library further strengthened its business ties with the Shanghai Library and carried out the co-construction and sharing of document resources under the network environment. Teachers and students of the college can conveniently query the collections of the Shanghai Library in the library, and use the collections stored in the member library of the library to serve the teaching, scientific research, and artistic practice. This also marks the construction of the library of the college, which has entered the network system of Shanghai’s document resources co-construction and sharing. Today, while deepening the functions of traditional library business, the library is stepping up the construction of a characteristic database to enable the library to better serve the teaching, scientific research, and artistic practice, and will further expand the scope of services to Readers inside and outside the school to provide quality services.

At present, the teachers and students of theShanghai Conservatory of Music (上海音乐学院)  are working on building a world-class music school under the leadership of the party committee of the school with a brand-new appearance and in accordance with the requirements of “running first-class music education and creating an international advanced level”, and strive to further optimize the layout of disciplines and professions. Connotation development path, strengthening faculty and discipline construction, improving teaching quality and scientific research level, enhancing school vitality, etc. have made greater achievements, and made new contributions to the construction of socialist material civilization and spiritual civilization; recast the Shanghai Conservatory of Music New glory.