United International College, CHINA

Situated in Zhuhai, Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) was jointly founded by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). It is the first full-scale cooperation in higher education between the Mainland and Hong Kong. UIC supports the historical mission of advancing the internationalization of Chinese higher education and taking the lead in implementing liberal arts education in China. UIC has around 5400 students with 800 staff and professors from more than 20 countries. 

UIC Site for Exchange Students 

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Basic Information

Language of instruction: English, Chinese
Best majors/minors:  Art & Design (Film, Media Arts), Business, International Studies, Political Science 
Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
Fall Semester: Early September to Late January
Winter/Spring Semester: Mid February to Late June

Exchange students are housed in the Student Hostel Culture Village at UIC.
The majority of the rooms in the Student Hostel Culture Village accommodate two students, one is a Chinese student and the other is the exchange student. All rooms are air-conditioned (separately controlled in each room). For each occupant, the provision includes one bed, closet, desk and shelf, one chair, and one LAN point connected to UIC’s network system. One semester of housing cost is approximately 3200 RMB ($457*).
Linens (sheets, pillows, towels, etc.) are the responsibility of the individual occupant. You will need to bring your own or buy them in Zhuhai. Each room has its own bathroom with a toilet and shower. Other facilities include a common lounge (with a small pantry & kitchenette) on each floor, a multi-purpose room, a study room, and a laundry area. 

Meal Options
There are no meal plans offered at UIC. However, there are several canteens, and dozens of small restaurants on and around campus. Each of the meal options are estimated around 8 to 50 RMB ($1-$8*).

Estimated Cost of Participation
Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing and services will be paid directly to UIC.
All exchange students are required to pay an administrative fee to cover costs such as pick up service fee, as well as some academic and orientation services. Click here for more information on the cost of living at UIC

Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at UIC. (link to cost worksheet)

How to apply
In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline. 

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad 

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. Application and Required Documents:

    • Application Form for Exchange-In Students 

    • Certificate of Enrollment from your home institution

    • Official academic transcript from home institution

    • Nomination from ISA office

    • One copy of your passport with personal information page

    • Two recent passport-size photos (one for the enrollment application and one for the student booklet).Computer prints of photos are not acceptable.

    • Copy of your insurance, please purchase the insurance in your home country, there is no specific requirement about insurance at UIC

    • Certificate of health issued by your own doctor or hospital (from College Doctor)

  6. All Original Documents will need to be mailed to UIC from the IES office. 

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences. 


Nomination Deadlines
Fall Semester: n/a
Spring Semester: n/a

Application Deadlines: 
Fall Semester: April 15 (Original Mailed documents must be received by this date)
Spring Semester: October 15 (Original Mailed documents must be received by this date)

How to search for courses
Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university. 
All courses taught in UIC are in English except Chinese language and subjects related to Chinese. The list of course offerings for the fall semester are usually available in July, while the spring semester will be available in December.
Click here for more information on courses at UIC

Understanding Grades and Credits
Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.
The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.
Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on their NMU transcript.
Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.
The study load for exchange students at UIC is between 15 credits (5 courses) to 22 credits (7 courses) per semester. To get a real feel of the academic exchange, we encourage exchange in students to enroll for 5 (or 6) courses per semester.

Other Important Links
UIC Academic calendar
UIC Exchange Brochure - Side A
UIC Exchange Brochure - Side B

Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.