Beijing, China - Renmin University of China
Renmin University of China (RUC)
is commonly considered one of the top universities in China, with a distinct focus on humanities and social sciences. Renmin University is particularly known for its strong programs in law, economics, and journalism. As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's center of government, economy, culture, and international activities, and a transportation hub to the entire country. Airlines connect Beijing to more than 110 cities at home and abroad, and the city boasts a railroad and highway system for local travelers. Places of interest for tourists include ancient architecture, royal gardens, temples, and palaces.
Watch a video of UMB student Joseph Mathias, who studied abroad at Renmin University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5MOADbZFA4
Currently Renmin University consists of 23 schools, 13 research institutes and the graduate school. Among the schools are Philosophy, Arts, Foreign Languages, Journalism and Communication, Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Public Administration and Policy, Economics, Business, International Studies, Law, Science, and more.
There are a very limited number of courses offered in English. Please see here
for a reference list of English-taught courses at Renmin University.
Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from Renmin transferred to UMB.
The summer program at RUC International Summer School
lasts four weeks. There are many courses
offered in English by the distinguished international faculty. Students usually enroll in 2-3 courses for a total of 6 credits ($1000) paid to the Office of Global Programs.
For estimated costs click on summer in the budget sheet
With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer toward your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.
Fall semester (first semester): September - January
Spring semester (second semester): February - June
Undergraduate and graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 3.0 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. It is strongly suggested that at least one semester of Mandarin be taken prior to participation.
Nominated students need to apply online to Renmin University
. Click Apply in the upper right corner.
Please be sure to use Internet Explorer to finish the application. Students need to do the compatibility set-up in advance. Otherwise, you won’t be able to print the completed form. The compatibility set-up information is attached at the end. Go to “tool” and then click “compatibility view settings”. Add “ruc.edu.cn” in the column. If you’ve already added it but it didn’t work well, please add this web address again.
In addition, students must submit the following supportive documents in hard copy to the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office for semester programs:
1. Official transcripts (English version)* (minimum GPA 3.0)
2. Official certificate of enrollment (English version)
3. One recommendation letter ** only required for graduate-level applicants
4. Photocopy of passport
5. Signed Guarantee Statement (see the attachment 1)
6. Three ID pictures
7. The official HSK certificate (new test, level 6)*** if students choose to study other Chinese-taught majors except Chinese language, then the students have to have HSK certificate. We do provide English-taught classes at Business School and School of Economics. If students want to take the Chinese courses and other English-taught courses, the coordinator has to indicate this request in the nomination letter.
9. Research proposals (only applicable for senior-visiting students)
Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details.
Prior to applying, it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:
There are different residence halls for international students that range in prices from 35 -100 yuan per day.
The International Culture Exchange Center (G) has been recommended as the best for international students.
You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel.
United States citizens are required to obtain a visa for entry into China.
For information about student visas (X1 or X2) see the Chinese Consulate website
.Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa.
Be sure to check out the following Visa Process link provided by NAFSA for more information:
Download: China Country Information and Visas.pdf
Course Transfers Reference Table:
||Course Transfer #
||Course Transfer Title
||Credits Transferred to UMB
|Comparative Studies on Contemporary China
||Intermediate Chinese I
||Intermediate Chinese II
||Intermediate Chinese II
|Pre-Intermediate Spoken Chinese
||Classical Novel Translation/Is Culture Power?
|Chinese writing course (intermediate level)
|Latest Progress of China's Climate Policy
|Traditional Chinese Culture
||Intermediate Chinese I
|Chinese Intensive Reading
||Advanced Chinese I/II
|Pre-Intermediate Comprehensive Chinese
Pre-decision Phase Instructions:
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions.
Post-decision Phase Instructions:
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.
Study Abroad Contact Consent.pdf
Disciplinary Clearance Form.pdf
Program Agreement Release Form.pdf
Request for Prior Approval of Transfer of Credits.pdf
Mandatory Travel Departure Interview.pdf
Study abroad waiver for parents-guardians.pdf