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Why You Should Choose Westlake University for Your Ph.D. Studies


15, 2022

PRESS INQUIRIES Chi ZHANG
Email: zhangchi@westlake.edu.cn
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International education opportunities are starting to return to pre-pandemic levels, and pent-up demand for global professional and educational experiences is leading many researchers to consider Ph.D. programs abroad. If you are looking for a cutting-edge science and technology program, you may want to consider China as your next study destination. Ph.D. programs in China follow international standards and curricula and offer similar educational opportunities to programs in the UK and US. Westlake University in Hangzhou, China, in particular, is making internationalization a cornerstone of its institution and is even reinventing the way Ph.D. students learn and research. 

At Westlake University, over 95% of the professors hail from top-notch universities, including MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. In addition, Westlake’s senior leadership has studied and/or held positions at distinguished institutions such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, UPenn, UIUC, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). Also, the university offers generous scholarship and fellowship opportunities that make it one of the most affordable Ph.D. programs in China.


About Westlake University

Westlake University, established in 2018, is a new type of high-quality research-oriented university based in the historic Chinese city of Hangzhou - a stunning city well-known throughout Asia for its long history, rich culture, and beautiful scenery. It has three schools - the School of Life Sciences, the School of Science, and the School of Engineering - which are pioneering, supportive, and innovative communities of scholar-practitioners focused on building excellence between science, medicine, technology, and engineering. Each Ph.D. program emphasizes academic freedom, research excellence, interdisciplinary engagement, and international collaboration. Westlake is committed to supporting and expanding a truly international, world-class, research-oriented university.


Ph.D. Programs at Westlake University

International applicants to Westlake University can choose from Ph.D. programs in Biology, Electronic Science and Technology, and Chemistry, as well as the joint Westlake University-Fudan University Ph.D. program in Physics.

The doctoral programs are globally recognized for the strength of faculty and interdisciplinary focus. Each school – Life Sciences, Engineering, and Science -- features cutting-edge research facilities and extensive research opportunities in key provincial and municipal laboratories. Ph.D. programs at Westlake University actively promote cross-disciplinary research, and there are ample opportunities to combine research interests from other Ph.D. programs or any of the three schools' research fields. Ph.D. programs at Westlake University available to international students are taught in English and can typically be completed in four years. 


How to Apply to Ph.D. Programs at Westlake University

Applications to Westlake’s Ph.D. programs are competitive and typically include an interview with a panel of research faculty. Students accepted into these programs enjoy generous scholarships, ample funding for research, and well-resourced research laboratories and facilities. Westlake University offers some of the most interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in science, engineering, and technology in China or the world.


1. Application Timeline for Westlake University’s Ph.D. Programs 

The 2023-2024 Ph.D. admissions application has two rounds.

- The first round starts from September 5th, 2022, to November 13th, 2022. During this period, you can visit http://gradapply.westlake.edu.cn to apply. From December 1st, 2022, to December 19th, 2022, prospective Ph.D. students will be invited to attend admissions interviews. First-round admissions offers will be sent out by approximately December 31st, 2022.

- The second round is from November 14th, 2022, to March 31st, 2023. During this period, you can visit http://gradapply.westlake.edu.cn to apply. From April 4th, 2023, to April 17th, 2023, prospective Ph.D. students will be invited to attend admissions interviews. Second-round admissions offers will be sent out by approximately May 8th, 2023.


2. Application Requirements

International applicants must provide the following application documents:

-Personal statement that is more than 1,500 words.

-Two recommendation letters from professors or a person with an equivalent academic title.

-All diplomas and degree certificates. (A notarized translation in English or Chinese is a must if the original ones are in other languages.)

- All academic transcripts for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. (Submit a notarized translation in English or Chinese if the original ones are not in these two languages.)

-Evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 or above or TOEFL 90 or above).

-Academic writing sample.

-Evidence of no criminal record in Chinese or English.

-A photocopy of your valid passport bio-page.

You can click on international Ph.D. programs for more details about our application requirements and procedures.


The Best Reasons to Choose Westlake University for Your Ph.D. Study


1. Globally Respected Faculty

Over 95% of the professors hail from top-notch universities, including MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. Westlake’s senior leadership has also held positions at distinguished world-class Ivy League schools. Westlake faculty and laboratories are also becoming well-known for their success in publishing research in high-impact journals for science, medicine, engineering, and more.


2. Powerful Research Potential

All Ph.D. students at Westlake University are required to publish their research in academic journals as a requirement for graduation. This dedication to research excellence is based on the university’s past and current academic achievements, academic exchanges, and innovative research platforms. In addition, Westlake hosts innovative academic forums and seminars that ask attendees to participate in solving pressing academic and social problems. 


3. Innovative Professional Training

Westlake University emphasizes students’ personal and professional development. In addition to ample research training and opportunities on campus, Westlake has numerous cooperative internship and training programs with first-class companies and universities in Hangzhou and around the world.


4. Opportunities for Study Abroad and International Experiences

Westlake encourages all Ph.D. students to gain international experience. Ph.D. students can participate in short-term study abroad or research programs. Ph.D. students are especially encouraged to present their research at international academic research conferences and forums. There are ample funding opportunities for presenting and attending international research conferences.


5. Financial Support

Westlake University is committed to reducing financial barriers for students so they can focus on their academic goals. Financial support is available for doctoral students to cover their tuition, on-campus room and board rates, insurance premiums, and other living costs. Fellowships, scholarships, and grants are categorized based on their sources, and public funding, the University’s Fund, and social endowments are included. Plus, if you apply for Westlake University graduate teaching assistantships or research assistant positions, you can also receive paid stipends.


See the website for more information about why Westlake offers some of the best Ph.D. programs. Please contact Westlake’s Office of Academic Affairs anytime for more information about Westlake’s Ph.D. programs.


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