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UMN in Beijing

  1. Program Details

    Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city of Beijing, study comparative U.S. and Chinese culture through film, and live with other UMN students from China.

    Location Beijing, China
    Term Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About UMN in Beijing

    The UMN in Beijing program is based in Beijing, China’s cosmopolitan capital city. The city offers something for everyone—the Forbidden City and its surrounding traditional hutong neighborhoods for history buffs, glitzy shopping districts for fashionistas, wholesale and flea markets for bargain hunters, galleries and museums for art connoisseurs, athletic events for sports fans. 

    The program is located at the main campus of Capital Normal University (CNU). CNU is large university with many amenities including a gymnasium, sports fields, libraries, student centers, and cafeterias. The campus is located near subway and bus stops, allowing easy and inexpensive access to all of Beijing. 

    Students live and study with other Gophers. You will take one in-person course with other UMN students, as well as additional UMN course online.

    This program is open to students from Mainland China.

    Housing & Meals

    Students reside in a dormitory on CNU’s campus. Program participants share a double room with another UMN student.

    Dorm rooms are simple, but comfortable, with basic furnishings, air conditioning, and attached bathrooms. The building is equipped with wi-fi, and offers shared laundry and kitchen facilities.

    Meals are not included in the program fee. Students explore the area's numerous eateries, or use their CNU-issued student ID card to access inexpensive campus cafeterias. Additionally, students can apply for funds to cook together as a group activity.

    Students have access to a 24/7 study room, library (to check out materials and to use for study space), and some sports facilities.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students participating in the UMN in Beijing program will:

    • Develop relationships with fellow Gophers while taking courses that work toward UMN degree progress
    • Enhance your intentionality through independent, though supported, living and learning opportunities
    • Increase independence and self-reliance 
    • Gain American and international perspectives on academic disciplines

    Faculty & Staff

    Beijing faculty members are hired independently by CET Academic Programs, our on-site provider. Most instructors come from the local University's and insitutions of higher learning throughout Beijing. CET staff, along with the host institutions staff will be available to support students. The UMN China Office and alumni are also a resource for students.

    Campus policy currently allows students to leave campus with a permission slip. As of Fall 2020, students can apply to go on program-subsidized activities off campus, and classes can take field trips off campus with approval. A change in the Covid-19 situation in Beijing could prompt a change in policy and a limitation of student movement.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Study Abroad Center
    Program Level 1000–3000 level courses

    13-18 credits. Students will take one in-person course and 3-5 online UMN courses.

    This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of American culture, need to fulfill liberal arts requirements, and want to be in community with other UMN international students.


    You will take FOST 3501 Comparative Studies in US and Chinese Film in-person, and additional courses will be UMN courses through distance learning. Course syllabus for Compartive Studies in US and Chinese Film forthcoming.

    Liberal Education Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities

    Comparative Studies in US & Chinese Film Syllabus

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Spring 2021 Oct 14 Dec 22 (China Time)
    Arrival Feb 25
    Orientation Feb 25 – 28
    In-person class begins Mar 1
    Departure May 22 – 23

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation through UMN, which is mandatory for all students, and orientation through CET. You will receive more information about the online orientations via email. 

  5. Fees for UMN in Beijing

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee in addition to UMN tuition and fees.

    Spring 2021 Cost of Participation is $7,000.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    International students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid.

    Cancellation Policy

    The regular Learning Abroad Center cancellation and refund policy does not apply to this program. If you decide to cancel your participation in the program after confirming your participation, the Learning Abroad Center will bill your University of Minnesota student account for non-recoverable costs incurred to secure a spot on the program on your behalf. If you cancel after confirmation, but before the program start date, you will be billed $1400 up to the entire program fee, depending on the date in which you cancel.

    Students on Learning Abroad Center programs have the option to appeal the Cancellation Policy when cancelling for extenuating circumstances. The Appeal for Refund Process details the process. 

  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    This program is open to students from Mainland China.

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term Spring Semester 2021
    Program Name UMN in Beijing
    Track Name UMN in Beijing
    Country China


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • CET Online Application

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program, submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified once the items are added.

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.


    Application Review Process

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Roslyn Udairam or call at 612.625.0475.