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Application procedure

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

1. Be a citizen of a country other than the P.R. China

2. Have obtained a law degree (Bachelor of Laws, State Examination or equivalent) or be currently studying in a law degree programme.

3. Be proficient in English, demonstrated by being a native English speaker, having completed undergraduate studies in English, or by holding a valid TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 or an IELTS 7.0 or a Cambridge Test for Advanced English (CAE) certificate.

Application deadline

The “early bird” application deadline for the 2024-25 CLTE programme is 15 March 2024. In case of still available places applications are welcome until 1 June 2024.

Documents required

Applications should be submitted to: clte_cesl@cupl.edu.cn. The following documents are required for the application:

1. Copy of passport and one-inch identification photo

2.Completed application forms (please download here 2024 CLTE Application Form and  CUPL APPLICATION FORM FOR ADMISSION)

3. English CV

4. Letter of recommendation, written in English by a professor from a university where the applicant studied.

5. Copy of degree certificate and an English translation (if already obtained)

6. Academic transcript (including the grading scheme) demonstrating the applicant's legal studies and an English translation

7. Copy of TOEFL, IELTS, CEFR or CAE certificate, or equivalent

8. Completed financial statement (please download here 2024 CLTE Financial Statement)

9. Physical examination results or report (This document is to be submitted at the latest upon enrollment)

All students enrolling must bring originals of these documents bearing their signature to registration.

Admissions policy

The China-EU School of Law carefully evaluates each applicant based on the application materials submitted. Admission is based on merit. Thus, it is recommended that all applicants provide the school with any materials that can demonstrate their achievements. The school considers geographical, cultural and ethnic diversity of students as one of its greatest assets. The law school does not hold an entrance examination for international students. However, CESL may conduct interviews by telephone, with alumni, or use other ways seen as necessary to assess potential candidates.

Visa information

International students studying in China must hold an ordinary passport and a valid X2 visa to enter China while enrolled in the Chinese Law Taught in English programme. Applicants should apply for a Chinese visa at their nearest Chinese Embassy, Consulate or Chinese Visa Center. The X2 student visa is valid for one entry. Usually, the following documents are required:

1. a current passport with at least 12 months of validity and at least one blank page

2. one signed Visa Application Form with one passport photo

3. the CESL acceptance letter.

Dates and deadlines 2024-25

March 15

The “early bird” application deadline

June 1

In case of still available places applications are welcome until 1 June 2024.

June 30

Applicants are informed via email of the admissions decision.


Successful applicants receive their letter of admission; students can then apply for a visa and book their flights.


The semester starts at the beginning of September.

Visa will be updated according to the requirements of the National Immigration Administration (NIA) of the People’s Republic of China.

Download the flyer here.  2024 Flyer CLTE