Capital Normal University Exchange

Capital Normal University — Beijing, China

Location and Academics

Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, offers a yearlong or single semester program with all courses offered in English for undergraduates. Students fluent in Chinese may enroll in courses offered by Capital Normal University, subject to usual university regulations and policies.

Students choose from any courses taught in English for undergraduates and typically enroll in 24-30 credits per year or 12-15 per semester. At least one course must be a Chinese language course unless you are already fluent when the exchange begins.

Capital Normal University is a comprehensive institution of higher learning, embracing sciences, liberal arts, engineering, management, law, education, foreign languages and arts, a key university of the Beijing municipality and a major training base particularly for teachers training in Beijing. The university boasts seventeen colleges and departments with undergraduate specialties – all of which are open to international students. The CNU College of International Education is responsible for recruiting international students and enrolls both short and long-term Chinese language students.

How does the exchange work?

Under the terms of the exchange, students pay Morris tuition and fees, which will cover equivalent costs at Capital Normal University. Students are expected to pay housing through the host university as well as meals and books. Students are also responsible for costs associated with international health insurance, personal expenses, and any other applicable expenses.

Please see Application Procedures below for information on the application process.

Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to any student regardless of major who has completed at least one year at his or her home university prior to the exchange period. Typically, study in China is done in the sophomore or junior year. Previous study of Chinese is encouraged but not required. Students are expected to have a solid academic average (at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) and a clear statement of purpose for studying in China. Applications are due to the University of Minnesota, Morris Academic Center for Enrichment on March 15 (for fall semester, full academic year exchange, or spring semester).

Application Procedures

Students hoping to attend Capital Normal University for a semester or year, complete a print application (available in the Academic Center for Enrichment). All application materials including checklist items are due on the University of Minnesota, Morris application deadline to the Academic Center for Enrichment.

Students complete the University application and submit this to the Academic Center for Enrichment at the University of Minnesota, Morris. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are complete. The study abroad exchange nomination committee will review applications and may set up a time to interview applicants prior to nominating students for exchange. All nominations will be sent to the College of International Education at Capital Normal University who will make final admission decisions.

If you apply directly to the host university your application will not be considered for the exchange and agreement rates will not apply. To participate in the exchange students must submit their applications to the University of Minnesota, Morris for review and nomination before their application will move forward to the host university.

Students interested in applying for the exchange should contact the study abroad adviser ahead of time to provide notification of their intention to apply. The study abroad adviser will run an academic and disciplinary record check for University of Minnesota students applying for the exchange; students from outside of the University of Minnesota who hope to apply for the exchange must provide a written recommendation from their study abroad advising office which must comment on the student’s academic and student conduct code record.

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