Every academic year is divided into three semesters: spring, autumn and summer. The two eighteen-week semesters in spring and autumn are for courses, while the eight-week summer semester consists of a four-week vacation and a four-week practical trainings or internship.
Southeast University offers undergraduate students a ¡°liberal education of breadth¡±: the four-year degree programs normally require at least 150 credits from courses and practical trainings.
The curriculum is designed to include credits from courses on humanities and social sciences, from those on natural sciences, and from basic and major-related courses. In the first two years, students are encouraged to adopt a general approach to humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and design their own study plans by choosing optional courses according to their interest and personal schedule. In the third year, they are oriented by professions. Excellent students may apply for earlier graduation; quicker learners may have their second majors; those who prove exceptionally promising in a certain field may have opportunities to be transferred to their interested disciplines;
A wide variety of optional courses are open to all students. Every semester there will be 2,000 or so courses for students to select from. The education resources allow students to choose courses according to their training plans and out of their personal interest.
We spare no efforts in fulfilling the teaching plans of each semester, and the students may choose from the basic courses in both the spring and the autumn semester. Meanwhile, summer schools are regularly held to meet the students' needs for more practice.
Good education materials, competent teachers and advanced pedagogical methods are essential to quality education. For the course construction, we have invested millions of RMB for the courses and teaching materials. The full use of various modernized teaching facilities has yielded us noteworthy accomplishments. Top ranks in the lists of the national and municipal teaching awards are the most eloquent illustrations.
We aim at a successful transformation from traditional education to liberal education. We wish to convert our students to young masters of sciences and the humanities, with rich knowledge. They are expected to be creative, active and progressive, with sound moral integrity and a strong sense of responsibility. They will learn to synchronize themselves with the frequent changes and intense competitions in the world, and to cooperate and communicate with others.