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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Any Subject Area taught in host U's language, Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Child Development, Chinese, Chinese Studies, Communication, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Cultural and Area Studies, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, History, Information Science/Technology, International Relations, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Mandarin, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Sociology Minimum GPA: 2.8
Additional Program Requirements: A 2.8 GPA is required by the host university, All students must be in good academic standing., Chinese citizens ineligible, Hong Kong citizens ineligible for exchange, Must be 18 at time of participation, Taiwan citizens ineligible for exchange Credit Load: 12-16 per semester
Exchange Program: Yes! Faculty-Led: No
Internship Opportunity: Generally not available Language of Instruction: Language training available at this site, Chinese
Language Requirement: NO previous study required, Advanced level coursework or equivalent background required for direct enrollment SUNY code: 094
Partner University: Beijing Normal University Program Advisor: Huckleby, Carmeisha
Program Description:
Spend your semester in Beijing, China, where history and modernity collide. This northeastern city is not only known for its ancient sites and architecture, but also for its growing modern landscape. As China’s capitol, it is the second largest city in China, and an epicenter for culture and education. With seven UNESCO world heritage sites, 91 colleges and universities, and a hub of technology, business, fashion, and art, Beijing is sure to have the experience you are looking for.
Whether you are new to studying the Chinese language, or are working hard to master it, Beijing Normal University (BNU), offers a diverse range of courses that cater to all language ability. While at your home away from home, stay in one of BNU’s five international student dorms, where a myriad of dining options and student organizations are available to you. BNU’s campus and dormitories are within the urban area of Beijing, a short distance from local and international eateries, and famous Chinese landmarks.
Academics Beijing Normal University offers a wide range of courses for undergraduate students. Prior knowledge of Chinese is recommended but not required.

If you have little to no background knowledge in Chinese, you have the option of taking Chinese language and related courses designed for international students. A placement test is administered to all international students who plan to take Chinese language classes before they register for classes, except for those with no language background in Chinese. 

Beijing Normal University also offers many English-taught courses in select subject areas.  Some of the available courses are at the graduate level, so please pay close attention to the course details. Beijing Normal University suggests taking no more than 2 English-taught courses on top of any planned Chinese language courses.

*Please note that Beijing Normal University typically offers fewer courses in English during the Spring semester.

If you are fluent in Chinese, you can enroll in the regular university courses that are taught in Chinese. Beijing Normal University offers 55 undergraduate programs.

You are only allowed to take courses within one particular school or department at Beijing Normal University. However, no matter which department you choose, you can still take a Chinese language course.

Course Credit

General Education Information for UAlbany students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

There is no credit conversion for this program. 1 BNU credit = 1 SUNY credit.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.

All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript.
You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Accommodations While living at BNU, you will be housed in one of the five international student dormitories on campus. On campus housing is guaranteed for exchange students. You can also choose to make your own housing arrangements off-campus. There are cafeterias and restaurants on and off campus where you can get meals.
Costs Academic Year 2017/18

Please download the most recent Estimate of Costs HERE.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid to determine how your aid package will apply towards your program abroad.
Eligibility Prior knowledge of Chinese is recommended but not required.

Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at a least 2.5 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.

Please note, if you are a Chinese citizen, or a Taiwan or Hong Kong passport holder, you are not eligible to apply to this program.
Scholarships Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs. External scholarships, listed on our website, are also a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs. More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
Testimonials “This experience has given me skills that I will take home, such as communicating properly and working with others that are very different from yourself.”
Contact To learn more about this program, please schedule an advising appointment.

Contact Information
Tel: (518) 591-8172
Office Location
Education Abroad Office
Center for International Education and Global Strategy
University at Albany
Science Library- G40
Location Beijing Normal University is located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Beijing. Beijing is the capital, and one of the largest cities in China. The city is located in northeastern China, and is known for its ancient sites and modern architecture.
Visa Information
If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter China. Please visit the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America website for further information on X1 and X2 visas.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please consult with your government to determine whether you will need to obtain a visa to enter China.  Please note, if you are a Chinese citizen, or a Taiwan or Hong Kong passport holder, you are not eligible to apply to this program.
Duration Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
  • Spring/Winter programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December 

Program Dates: AY 2017/18

Academic Year 2017-2018
09/04/2017 to 06/30/2018

Fall 2017
09/04/2017 to 01/08/2018
Spring 2018
03/01/2018 to 07/15/2018
Overview Beijing Normal University, a key university under the administration of the Ministry of Education, is a renowned institution of higher education known for teacher education, education science and basic learning in both the arts and the sciences. Formerly known as the Normal College of the Imperial University of Peking, Beijing Normal University became the first Normal University in Chinese history.
The University at Albany's study abroad option at Beijing Normal University (BNU) allows you to immerse yourself in the Chinese culture and society by living in the vibrant neighborhood located metropolitan Beijing. 

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall study abroad experience. 
The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Beijing Normal University will also run an orientation for international students during their orientation week.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff is available throughout the year to assist you abroad. [WCL1] The Foreign Student Affairs office staff at Beijing Normal University serves as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in China.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/15/2018 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.