Southwest Petroleum University

Provinces : Sichuan-Chengdu                               University Ranking : 1597

About University

Southwest Petroleum University

Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) is the second petroleum university in the People’s Republic of China.It was established in 1958 and is now managed and supported by the Chinese central government and Sichuan province nearby government, with the latter playing a greater role. In 2013, the university was chosen as one of the 100 universities in the National Basic Ability Construction Project of Western and Central China.

Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) was originally established in Sichuan Province and named as Sichuan Petroleum Institute in 1958. In July 1970, by permission of State Council, the institute has changed its name as Southwest Petroleum Institute. In March 2000, the institute was jointly built by the central government and the nearby people and mainly administered by Sichuan province. In December 2005, Southwest Petroleum Institute was officially modified its name to Southwest Petroleum University.

Southwest Petroleum University has eight subject groups: science, management, economics, engineering,law,arts,education and art. 65 programs under those subject groups are adequate to hire undergraduates; four first-level programs and 24 second-level programs are approved to provide doctoral degrees. 18 first-level programs and 86 second-level programs are approved to offer master’s degrees. There are four postdoctoral analysis stations, one first-level program and three second-level programs, which are all known as national key programs. The present student body on Southwest Petroleum University has 26,490 undergraduates, 3,801 graduates, 49 international students and 715 Ph.D., candidates.

Southwest Petroleum University has a staff of 2,412 of whom 244 are full professors, senior engineers, 624 are associate professors, associate senior engineers and other associate senior professionals. The university has 115 scientific researches based on all levels, such as 1 State Key Laboratory, 4 National Engineering Laboratories and R&D Centers, 3 Key Laboratories of Ministry of education, 1 National University Science Park, four International Science and technology cooperation bases, and so on. The library in the university has a collection of 2,003,900 volumes.

Southwest Petroleum University has 115 scientific researches which have managed 2,679 government analysis projects and 3,757 petroleum industry-sponsored research projects since the inception of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan. SWPU has been given the grand prize and first prize of “National Science and Technology Progress” and the 2nd prize of “National Science and Technology Progress and Invention”, totaling 133 times; the university has been awarded state-level teaching accomplishment prizes and ministerial-level teaching achievement prizes, the earlier amounting to eight times while the latter 84 times.

Southwest Petroleum University concentrates on academic exchanges and research cooperation.The university has built close relationships with universities and academic research institutions in the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, Britain, Canada, etc. With a high education level, Southwest Petroleum University has become a famous destination country for international students studying degree programs, currently, there are over forty-nine international students studying at Southwest Petroleum University.

University's Program Types





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ),

What is the world ranking of this University?

   The Country rank of this University is 203 and the world rank is 1579.

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 the IELTS or TOEFL certification for getting admitted in 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 a student need for applying this University are Notary stamped scan 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 to come to an offer letter from any Chinese Universities after applying.

University's other Information


Admission is going on for March & September Intake. Interested students are invited to apply. The semester is open for Diploma, Bachelor, Post-Graduates and the Doctoral programme.

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

China: +8613632437050 (Whatsapp/Wechat/Viber/IMO)


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

All Programs

Undergraduate Programs in English at Southwest Petroleum University, China

Program Degree Teaching Medium Duration Tuition fee(CNY) Entrance Time
International trade and economics Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Civil Engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Electrical Engineering and Automation Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Exploration Technology and Engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Software Engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Computer Science and Technology Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Materials Science and Engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Chemical Engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Resources Exploration Engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September
Petroleum engineering Bachelor English 4 Years 18000 / Year September

Postgraduate Programs in English at Southwest Petroleum University, China

Program Degree Teaching Medium Duration Tuition fee(CNY) Entrance Time
MBA Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Petroleum Engineering Management Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Industrial Economics Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Software Engineering Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Computer Science and Technology Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Environmental Science and Engineering Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Chemical Engineering and Technology Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Geological Resources and Geological Engineering Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Geology Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September
Petroleum and Gas Engineering Master English 3 Years 22000 / Year September

Doctoral Degree/Ph.D. Programs in English at Southwest Petroleum University, China

Program Degree Teaching Medium Duration Tuition fee(CNY) Entrance Time
Petroleum Engineering Management Doctor English 3 Years 30000 / Year September
Chemical Engineering and Technology Doctor English 3 Years 30000 / Year September
Geological Resources and Geological Engineering Doctor English 3 Years 30000 / Year September
Petroleum and Gas Engineering Doctor English 3 Years 30000 / Year September

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

Fees Details

Expenses in Southwest Petroleum University

1. Tuition Fee

  • Bachelor Degree: 18,000 RMB/Year
  • Master Degree: 22,000 RMB/ Year
  • Doctoral Degree: 30,000 RMB/Year
  • Chinese Training Program: 13,000 RMB/ Year

2. Registration Fee: 400 RMB

3. Insurance Fee: 600 RMB

4. Physical Examination Fee: 500 RMB (only for the first year)

5. Hostel Fee:

  • Single Room: 16,000 RMB/Year
  • Double Room: 8,000 RMB/Year

6. Food Cost: 150 USD

7. Living Cost: 340-656 USD/Month.

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 the 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

Apply for a course in a Chinese University  is very easy. Students just have to follow some steps to apply for their favorite course. In order to help students complete their online application, International students are recommended to follow the simple instructions.

Foreign applicants must provide the following documents to apply:

1.  Application Form  fills in Chinese or in English.

2.  Passport & Passport Size Photo (Scan copy )

  • Passport

Dear student, the first thing you need to have a passport. This is more important documents because without a passport you can not go to study in your dream country. To have passport make you secure to live or study abroad. So if you don’t have it, we suggest you make your passport ready from the embassy office in your home country. Moreover if you have your passport already, then make sure your passport expiry date will not be expired. If it already be expired then you need to remake your passport.

  • Passport Size Photo

The passport photo size (50mm x 40mm) in general. The photo should be clear and the background must be plain, white or off-white in color. The height of the head should be between 28mm – 33mm.The head width has to be between 21mm–24mm. Submit a color photo, taken in the last 6 months. Use a clear image of your face. Passport photo should not use filters on the face or take your photo from someone else or selfies. Take off your eyeglasses for your photo. Here is the sample of Passport Size Photo.

3.  Transcripts & Certificates  (Must be Notarized Copy )

Students for Bachelor Degree need to provide their school transcripts and certificates. For Master Degree Applicants have to bring their undergraduate transcripts and certificates.  And Doctorate Degree studies must provide their both (undergraduate and graduate) transcripts and certificates.

Please take as a note that is, all the transcripts and certificates should be notarized.

Note : Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with translations in Chinese or English.

4.  English Proficiency Certificate

In China, some universities does not asked IELTS but if you study in Chinese Taught for CSC scholarship, English Proficiency Certificate need to have ready. If you have IELTS already then you are lucky to study in China without delay.

5.  CV/Resume

Applicants must have to prepare their CV if they want to study abroad in their desired country. The Resume or CV should include their academic qualifications with results, personal details (name, date of birth, marital status, national Id or school Id, physical address, contact no, nationality, language, etc), reference from your institution’s faculty (his/her name, address and designation), personal achievement, etc. To know how to make a standard CV please click here the sample of  The Resume.

6.  Study Plan or Research Proposal (Ms/PhD)

Applicants for graduate studies need a study plan or research proposal in Chinese or in English (no less than 800 words). This document is required only for Ms or PhD applicants.

7.  Recommendation Letter (Ms/PhD)

Applicants for all graduate studies need two letters of recommendation from full professors or associate professors (in Chinese or English). Letters must be include professors’ phone number and email address. Here is the sample of  Recommendation Letter.

8.  Published Academic Papers or Other Academic Achievements (if  applicable).

9.  Foreign Physical Examination

Applicants are expected to keep the original copies filled in English. The medical examination must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete records or those without the signature of the attending physician, the official stamp of the hospital or a sealed photograph of the applicants are invalid. Medical examination results will be valid for 6 months. All applicants are kindly requested to take this factor into consideration as they plan to take the medical examination. Click here to collect Foreigner Physical Examination Form.

10.  Bank Statement

Bank statements must show to any foreign country for the purpose of a visitor or a business or an immigrants. For the study purpose in foreign countries also need to show bank statement. So dear applicants, you will need to have ready your all documents. Sponsorship can be your parents or anyone whom are your blood related.

11.  Police Verification (No Criminal Record)

This is also need to have ready for the study purpose. It is important because foreign country does not allow criminal record. A Police Clearance Certificate is an official document approved  by the police or government agencies in order to prove that the applicant has no criminal offense against him/her like arrest, conviction. For this you need to provide your Police Clearance Certificate. A Police Certificate is also known as good citizen certificate. See the sample of  Police clearance Certificate.


Please send us all these documents at  Dear applicants, if you have any queries then don’t hesitate to contact our consultant. Here is our  Consultant’s contact number : +8613632437050/ +8618852867225.

Scholarship Information

Southwest Petroleum University Scholarship in China for International Student

1. Application qualification:

  • Foreign nationality citizens, healthy, obedient to Chinese law and regulations of the university.
  • Bachelor program applicants should hold a senior high school certificate;
  • Applicants for  Master program should hold a Bachelor degree certificate;
  • Doctoral program applicants must hold a Master degree certificate.
  • Applicants must have average academic records.

2. Application Materials:

  • Application Form.
  • Highest diploma/degree certificate.
  • Transcripts of highest educational degree.
  • Passport photo and passport.
  • Two recommendation letters: applicants for Master degree and Doctoral degree studies must submit two letters of recommendation in Chinese or English from professors or associate professors

Dear applicants make sure that above all documents must be scan copy.

Why choose us?

Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) is founded in 1958 which is the second oil and gas engineering programs-based institution in China and formerly known as Sichuan Petroleum Institute. In 1970 it modified its name into Southwest Petroleum Institute, then Southwest Petroleum University in 2005.  After fifty years of building and progress, it has become an inclusive national university whose fields of study cover 7 branches of learning: science, economics, art, law, engineering, management, education. With engineering as its major and strong fields. For years oil and gas-oriented programs here have been the top in China.

SWPU is one of the first universities in China permitted to consult the Ph.D., master’s, and bachelor’s degrees all over the nation. SWPU contains 2 campuses, the main in Nanchong City (over 700 mu, or 115 acres) and the second in Chengdu City (over 2000 mu, or 346 acres) with a total of about 2800 mu, or 461 acres and the total floor space of more than 800,000 square meters. Both campuses are so nice and amazing that SWPU has achieved the name of garden-like campuses in China.

Presently, there are 2,264 Academic staff and general staff, 1,467 of whom are teaching staff, including 516 associate professors, 206 full-professors one academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, one teacher titled Young and Middle-Aged Experts Nationally recognized for their wonderful gains, three members of the Jury of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council and the Educational Instruction Committee of the Professional Degrees Committee of the State Council, one professor of Cheung Kong Program, 5 experts from the state Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Personnel Project (Bai Qian Wan Talented Staff Project), 48 experts awarded the Special Governmental Allowance, 76 doctoral supervisors,35 professors titled the Province/Ministry-Level Experts with Distinguished Contribution, eight excellent experts awarded for their outstanding contribution in teaching at the national and at the provincial/ministerial level respectively, 6 awardees of Fok Ying Tung Young Teacher Award and 16 awardees of Sun Yueqi Scientific and Educational Foundation.

SWPU has a full educational system engaging postgraduate education, common higher education, advanced vocational technology education, adult education It governs 18 schools and departments that provide 55 bachelor’s degree programs. 24 doctor’s degree programs,77 master’s degree programs, three post-doctoral research centers. There are 3 national key disciplines, 12 ministerial and provincial key disciplines; seven National Quality Courses and 13 Ministerial and Provincial Quality Courses. More than 23000 undergraduates and over 3000 post-graduates are studying in SWPU.

SWPU has been strong in science and research work and making noticeable achievements over the years. From the provincial, ministerial-level up to the national level; It has 23 analysis centers and laboratories, with 1 State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, one Natural Gas Exploitation Engineering Research Centerone Oil and Gas Equipment Key Laboratory under the administration of Ministry of Education (MOE), under the supervision of MOE, one Oil Field Petrochemical Engineering Research Center under the supervision of MOE, one Natural Gas Exploration and Exploitation Research Experimental Base under the supervision of Sichuan province, One Oil and Gas Development Research Center under the supervision of Sichuan province, etc.

At the university, 2 huge libraries are accessible to provide a collection of more than 1.7239 million bound volumes books and 30,000 GB electronic-books. It has 3 field practice bases and 1 science and technology exchange center. SWPU, attaching major priority to international exchanges and collaboration, has built good relationships with such countries as the United States, Japan, France, Canada, Russia, Britain,and other institutions of higher education, academic research institutions in different countries and regions.

It has engaged into the Sino-American 1 +2 +1 Dual-Degree program, jointly began by China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE) American Association of State Colleges and Universities(AASCU. Our graduates are spoken highly by their employers. Within the last 10 years, the number of students being employed ranked high with success.


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