A&M CLLA Only Exchange: University of Nottingham Ningbo (CLLA), China
Ningbo, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Approved Course Equivalencies||Click here to view|
|Who Can Apply:||Texas A&M University applicants only|
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|Program Type:||Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program||Academic Area:||Liberal Arts|
|Academic College:||College of Liberal Arts||Academic Department:||Liberal Arts|
|Language of instruction:||English||Program Advisor:||Bianca Cusimano, Christie Dunn|
|Housing:||Dormitory||Open to non-majors:||No|
|Classification:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore||REEP Program Type:||Departmental Exchange|
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
Established in 2004, the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (UNNC) is the first Sino-foreign university in China. UNNC is an extension campus of the University of Nottingham based in the United Kingdom. Nottingham has been ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes in the world. UNNC is committed to developing subjects that combine internationally ranked teaching and research excellence to meet the needs of today’s environment of globalization and internationalization. While this is a very international campus, the student body of 6,000 is 90% Chinese. UNNC has an active student life that offers clubs and organizations for exchange students to join for cultural activities and interaction with other Chinese and international students. Check out this video for a tour of the campus! The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University also offers an exchange program to the University of Nottingham campus located in the UK.
UNNC is located in the city of Ningbo, situated along the coast just south of Shanghai in Hangzhou Bay. Ningbo, with a population of 7.6 million and a 7,000 year history, is the cradle of the cultures in the Yangtze River Delta. Today, it also plays an important role in the Chinese economy as a major modern port city. With a sub-tropical monsoon climate, the city is endowed with beautiful natural sceneries that can be seen all over the city with strong influences of Southern Chinese style. Ningbo offers an array of international shopping outlets, restaurants, night life, unique temples, and street markets with antiques, textiles and delicious Ningbo cuisine.
The university is situated in Ningbo Higher Education Park on a newly built campus with a land area of 146 acres. Ningbo has a modern airport with direct connections to major Chinese cities by high speed train including Hong Kong, Beijing, and a short 2-hour ride to Shanghai. Within the city, there is an extensive bus system that stops at the university and other major parts of the city.
- This program is limited to students in the College of Liberal Arts
- Have a minimum Junior classification by the beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Proficiency in English
- Obtain a student visa
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
- Fall Semester (September to January; exams may be arranged to be taken in December for early departure)
- Spring Semester (January to June)
- Academic year (September to June)
One of the benefits of participating in an exchange program at UNNC is the wide variety of courses available. UNNC offers an assortment of liberal arts disciplines including Contemporary Chinese Studies, Economics, English Literature, International Communication and International Studies. Even though the university is located in China, all courses are taught entirely in English with the same teaching and evaluation standards as the University of Nottingham campus in the UK. Students typically take four modules earning 60 Nottingham credits per semester to earn 12 credits at Texas A&M. Both 10 and 20 credit modules equate to 3 credit hours. In the module catalog, the classifications for classes are as follows:
Level 1 = 100-200 level classes at TAMU
Level 2 = 300 level classes at TAMU
Level 3 = 400 level classes at TAMU
Level 4 = Graduate level coursework not available to exchange students
Chinese language classes (Mandarian) are also available for students to take for credit. Additional free classes are also an option for students who wish to enroll in them, however, they are not credit-bearing. For additional information on UNNC and the exchange program, check out these videos, UNNC Study Abroad Brochure, and Fact Sheet.
Exchange students are guaranteed accommodations on-campus in an international student residence hall with other students from around the world. Of the three residence halls open to exchange students, one offers single private rooms and the other two have four bedroom flats. All single occupancy rooms are fully furnished, air-conditioned, broadband internet, TV set, and private bathroom. Each floor has a fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities. The shared flats have two restrooms, a common area and kitchen with internet included in some rooms.
Additionally, UNNC is a welcoming and vibrant environment that offers lots of opportunities for students to get involved. The International Office coordinates a Welcome Program for visiting exchange students. Many events, all offered completely free, are scheduled the week after registration to introduce the students to the university and its many resources. The campus has a wide range of sports facilities, including a 400-meter track, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.
One of the benefits of participating in a Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program (REEP) is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
|Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M|
|A&M Tuition & Fees||$5,000|
|REEP Administrative Fee||$300|
|Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)|
|Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies||$300|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$11,600+|
|Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison||$13,636+|
Each semester UNNC offers a limited number of scholarships to exchange students in the amount of RMB3000 (roughly $485 USD). A separate application is required after acceptance to the program. For more information on expenses, check out UNNC’s cost of living estimates.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. The College of Liberal Arts Scholarship can be accessed via the College of Liberal Arts website. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
UNNC Exchange Program
UNNC Module Catalog
UNNC International Student Residences
UNNC Student Life
UNNC Cost of Living
UNNC Fact Sheet
UNNC Study Abroad Brochure
UNNC Academic Calendar
University of Nottingham Homepage
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Ningbo City Life
Ningbo City Video
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
For detailed information about the College of Liberal Arts exchange to the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, please contact Ms. Christie Dunn, International Programs Manager for the College of Liberal Arts.
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.