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University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (Exchange)

The Program

The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China is a member of Universitas 21 and the first Sino-Foreign University in China with approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education. The University of Nottingham Ningbo’s mission statement is “Academic Excellence in the Service of Global Citizenship”. All undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Ningbo are conducted entirely in English with the same teaching and evaluation standards as at Nottingham UK (a top 10 European University) by staff either seconded from Nottingham UK or appointed internationally to the University of Nottingham standards. The University is located in Ningbo Higher Education Park on a newly built and dedicated campus with a land area of 887mu. It currently has over 4500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and more than 300 teaching and administrative staff from over 30 countries in the world.

The Academics

Language of instruction:

All undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Ningbo are conducted entirely in English with the same teaching and evaluation standards as at Nottingham UK by staff either seconded from Nottingham UK or appointed internationally to the University of Nottingham standards.

Credit system and course load:

Students are required to undertake a full time course of study for one or two semesters. Modules are normally worth 10-20 credits each. The average full time workload is 60 Nottingham credits (30 ECTS credits) in one semester and 120 credits (60 ECTS credits) over two semesters in one year. 50 credits is the minimum full-time workload in one semester.

Exchange/study abroad students coming to UNNC are free to choose undergraduate courses, subject to the fact that they have satisfied the pre-requisite requirements, enrollment quota and home institution’ permission. Each school also has its own requirements for exchange/study abroad students. The Module Catalogue is available on-line at You can also search the module catalog here:

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
BADM 3760 Business Information Systems P11101 Computers in Business 3 6/30/2022
CHIN 1193 Foreign Study CS2M13 Practical Chinese Reading and Writing 2a 3 12/31/2019
GEOG 3310 Fluvial Geomorphology EJ2RCD River Channel Dynamics 3 6/30/2021
GEOG 3400 Climate and Weather EJ3CLC Climate Change 3 12/31/2020
GEOG 4093 Foreign Study GEOG 3103 Globalizing China II: Economy, Society, Regional Development 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
MARN 3893 Foreign Study EJ2MAR Marine Ecosystems and Management 3 12/31/2020
MCB 3246 Virology BIOL3214 General Virology 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
MGMT 4893 Strategic Management P13410 Strategic Management I 3 12/31/2019
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study P13418 Strategic Management II 3 6/30/2019
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study P12619 Doing Business in China 3 6/30/2019
MGMT 4893 Work and Society P11612 Work and Society 3 6/30/2022
MSE2101 Materials Science and Engineering I Materials for Engineering Applications 3 12/31/2017
NRE 4340 Environmental Toxicology EJ2TOX Toxicology of Environmental Pollutants 3 12/31/2020
PHIL 1106 Non-Western and Comparative Philosophy PHIL 1004 Chinese and Western Thought 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 2998 Political Issues AS1007 European Union 3 6/30/2018
POLS 2998 Political Issues POLI 0059 China and the World 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3245 Chinese Government and Politics POLI 0022 Governing China 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POLI 0020 Hong Kong Politics 3 12/31/2018
PSYC 2400 Developmental Psychology C81DEV Developmental Psychology 3 6/30/2021
SOCI 1001 Introduction to Sociology SOCI 1001 Introduction to Sociology 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
SPAN 1193 Foreign Study CS12SA Inter Faculty Spanish 1a 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

Video by Lizzy Cooke

Located in the middle of China’s coast, it is the cradle of the cultures in Yangtze River Delta and also a portal city equipped with modern port facilities and airport. Now it’s playing an important role in economy, society, culture etc. as a major port city along the south-eastern coast, a economic center in the southern wing of Yangtze Delta and a famous state-level historic and cultural city. A lot of relics are well preserved here, representing the toil and wisdom of the ancestors. Ningbo is endowed with sub-tropical monsoon climate, with clear four seasons. Beautiful natural scenery can be seen all over the city with strong appeal of Southern styles of China. The inherent customs and unique traditional cultures are well preserved here. See the Ningbo Visitors Guide by clicking here! From Ningbo, students are a quick 2.5 hours from Shanghai, considered to be the financial heart of China. A trip under 2 hours from Hangzhou which is one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for the past 1000 years with beautiful scenery and historical relics.

The cost of living in Ningbo is much cheaper than many cities in the world. The cost of living in Ningbo for a single international student is estimated at 2500-3500 RMB per month (around $400-570) including accommodation, meals, entertainment and other necessities depending on life-style.

Students will live in an International Student Residence Hall on campus with other students from around the world where all the rooms are fully furnished. All the single occupancy rooms are air-conditioned. Each room is equipped with a telephone, broadband connection, a TV set and a separate bathroom. There are kitchen facilities on each floor where you can share your cooking skills with others. All kitchens are equipped with fridges, microwave ovens, electromagnetic cookers, electric cookers and dining facilities.

The cost of renting a room in the international student residence hall is 12000RMB per year or 6000RMB per semester (around $1955 a year/$977 a semester).

Further information on on-campus accommodation in UNNC is available at:

Students will be required to obtain a visa for this program.  Information can be found by visiting the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China’s website.


Governmental Scholarships are available to help pay for accommodation fees: These scholarships are for 3000RMB per semester (around $488 – half of the total accommodation cost!). Students apply by submitting an application form, personal statement, and transcript. See link above for the application form and more details.

UNNC Exchange Scholarships are available to up to 4 students from UConn each year. Winners are given a one time payment of 6000RMB (almost $1000) for a semester or year. Students should demonstrate high academic performance to receive this award. Scholarships are automatically awarded by the UNNC international office.

Useful Links

International office:

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Campus Map:


Video of UNNC program and campus:

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Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Ningbo, China
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Economics, Engineering
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3