Capital Normal University’s (CNU) exchange program offers students a wonderful opportunity to learn about life and culture in the fascinating country of China. Intertwined with ancient culture along with rich modern architecture and style, this program offers a glimpse into one of the world’s largest populations and cities. CNU boasts a student body of 26,000 students.
The Surrounding Area
Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world, the People’s Republic of China. With a population in excess of 20 million and a high proportion of green space, Beijing is one of the world’s most monumental cities. Attractions include the biggest central square in the world, Tiananmen Square, the largest and best preserved imperial palace complex, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and sections of the world’s largest man-made structure, the Great Wall of China nearby.
Living in the International Cultural Plaza makes it easy to make friends from around the world. Students are given opportunities for field trips and activities, including visits to the Great Wall, the Beijing Opera and acrobatic performances. Community service and internship experiences may also be arranged by the Foreign Students Center. Students are encouraged to participate in cultural and sports events, such as intramurals, marathons and tree planting, organized through the city government. Beijing’s nightlife is diverse and fast-paced, rivaling that of other world capitals.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.75+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
CNU offers students a full-time semester of intensive Mandarin language and cultural studies. Whether you’ve already taken Mandarin classes at UNCW or just wish to start, CNU offers language courses at every level. CNU also offers a very small array of courses in other subjects taught in English or in blended English/ Mandarin instruction. Students proficient in Mandarin may also take classes across CNU’s 17 departments, including education, engineering, history, law, literature, philosophy and sciences.
First-rate student housing is offered through CNU International Culture Plaza. Half of the building houses the International Office as well as the classrooms for Chinese language intensive courses. Residents enjoy the indoor pool, athletic courts, Chinese and Japanese restaurants, an IT shop, mini-mart, café and lounge space. Wi-Fi is also available. Rooms are furnished and include computers, air conditioning and an en suite bathroom.
Academic Year Dates
Late August to June
Spring Semester Dates
March to June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.