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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: Chinese
Housing Options: Dormitory Areas of Study: Accounting/Finance, Agriculture, Archaeology, Art/Fine Arts, Business, Chemistry, Chinese Studies, Classical Studies, Communications, Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Economics, Education, English, Environmental/Sustainability Studies, Film Studies, Forestry, French Studies, Geography, German Studies, History, International Business, Japanese Studies, Law, Linguistics, Management/Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Russian Studies, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, Theatre Arts
Program Category: Study abroad Minimum GPA: 3
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

UMass Boston   Beijing, China - Renmin University of China

Renmin University   Beijing, China2

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:

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. 

Renmin Summer Program:
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. For estimated costs click on summer in the budget sheet. You must apply on this UMB portal AND to Renmin University directly.

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 “” 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)

See Budget sheet. 
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. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, 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.

Renmin Beijing   Beijing


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 Title Credits abroad Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
Comparative Studies on Contemporary China 2 ASIAN 9000   2
Chinese Listening 3 CHINSE 201 Intermediate Chinese I 3
Chinese Writing 3 CHINSE 202 Intermediate Chinese II 3
Oral Chinese 3 CHINSE 202 Intermediate Chinese II 6
Pre-Intermediate Spoken Chinese 2 CHINSE 253 Classical Novel Translation/Is Culture Power? 4
Chinese writing course (intermediate level) 2 CHINSE 9000   4
Latest Progress of China's Climate Policy 2 CHINSE 9000   2
Traditional Chinese Culture 2 CHINSE 9000   2
chinese reading 3 CHINSE201 Intermediate Chinese I 6
Chinese Intensive Reading 6 CHINSE301/302 Advanced Chinese I/II 3CREDITS/3CREDITS
Economic Development 3 ECON 336 Economic Development 3
Econometrics 4 ECON 452 Econometrics 4
Pre-Intermediate Comprehensive Chinese 2 POLISCI 9000   2
Principles of Marketing 3   Marketing Elective 3
Introduction to Financial Management 3   Management Elective 3
Managerial Accounting 2   Accounting/Finance Elective 2
Management Communication 2   Management Elective 2
Organizational Behavior 3   Management Elective 3
Statistics 3 MATH 125 Statistics 3

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 Credits Form Spring 2019.pdf
Mandatory Travel Departure Interview.pdf
Study abroad waiver for parents-guardians.pdf