Surrey International Institute at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (SII-DUFE)

Overview of the SII-DUFE

SII-DUFE is a Sino-Foreign Joint Co-operative School approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) both owned and run by Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in partnership with the University of Surrey. Established in 2007, the Institute is located on the campus of DUFE in the seaside city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, PR China. 

The mission of the partnership is to provide an international education experience for Chinese students in China, though various pathways are open for students to transfer to the University of Surrey's home campus in the UK. Its strategic value forms part of the partner universities' international strategies. 

SII-DUFE currently offers three undergraduate business programmes in dual degree formats over four years, ensuring successful graduates earn degrees from both partner universities. The programmes are International Business Management, International Tourism Management and Accounting and Finance. The Institute has planned to introduce a jointly-run University of Surrey PhD programme in the near future and seeking to expand its undergraduate offerings too.

Staff are drawn from both partner universities and others contracted via DUFE and posted to the Institute. There are approximately 50 academic staff and 40 administrative staff running the Institute at any one time.

Students are recruited from across China and within the Tier 1 of the National Unified Examination for the Enrolment of Ordinary Colleges and Universities (commonly referred to as the GaoKao).

The Institute has a MoE approved quota of up to 450 students per annum, and intakes vary according to recruitment success and provincial economic conditions, inter alia.

SII-DUFE is subject to quality assurance oversight by the MoE and related bodies, such as the Liaoning Education Bureau (LEB), China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC), and the UK's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The latest LEB and QAA reviews were conducted in the 2023-24 period. In addition, the Institute has been accredited by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).

Why choose a dual-degree?

Whether studying in China or the UK, the dual-degree exposes you to highly interactive and challenging teaching styles used in the UK education system.

How to apply

Your decision to study at SII-DUFE in China or the University of Surrey in the UK will determine your entry requirements and application process.

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Postgraduate study

Our dual-degree programme links seamlessly into postgraduate study at the University of Surrey and as a SII-DUFE dual-degree graduate there are unique benefits you can take advantage of.

Find us


Surrey International Institute
Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
217 Jianshan Street
Shahekou District
P.R. China
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