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.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
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.
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.
Students participating in the UMN in Beijing program will:
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.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|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
|Program Term||App Open Date||Deadline*|
|Spring 2021||Oct 14||Dec 22 (China Time)|
|Orientation||Feb 25 – 28|
|In-person class begins||Mar 1|
|Departure||May 22 – 23|
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.
University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee in addition to UMN tuition and fees.
Spring 2021 Cost of Participation is $7,000.
International students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid.
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.
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|
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:
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.
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.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRoslyn Udairam or call at 612.625.0475.