General information 

China is rich in ancient history. It is home to famous relics and heritage sites, such as The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, and The Terricotta Army. However, recently China has modernised rapidly and is now at the forefront of new technologies.

As The Lonely Planet describes it: 'Antique yet up-to-the-minute, familiar yet unrecognisable, outwardly urban but quintessentially rural, conservative yet path-breaking, space-age but old-fashioned, China is a land of mesmerising and eye-opening contradictions.'

Please note that some partners may not be available for exchange for a particular academic year, if this is the case it is stated below.

Partner universities
The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province

The University of Nottingham, Ningbo website


Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 6,030
  • Number of campuses: 1
  • Academic year: September-June
  • Faculties: Arts and Education, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences


Located in Zhejiang Province on the eastern coast of China, about 200km south of Shanghai, Ningbo is a modern city with around 7 million inhabitants. Ningbo (meaning literally ‘tranquil waves’) is a port city with a rich cultural heritage, and one of the greenest and least polluted cities in China. Ningbo Lishe International Airport, 30 minutes drive from campus, connects Ningbo by air to the rest of China, with regularly scheduled flights.

Travel opportunities

Shanghai is 30 minutes by plane or a 2 hour bus journey via the 36km Hangzhou Bay Bridge. Shanghai is a must-see: the largest city in China is a multicultural metropolis with an amazing mix of ancient and hi-tech Western civilisation.

China's capital city Beijing is only a two hour flight from Ningbo. Beijing has many places of historic interest and architectural beauty including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the world renowned Great Wall. In addition you can visit the supermodern Olympic Village, with the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube.

Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, is one of the more modern and prosperous cities in China. It sits at the southern end of the Grand Canal and is one of China's seven ancient national capitals.


Ningbo is subject to a sub-tropical monsoon climate, with four clear seasons. The summer is warm and wet, with temperatures up to 28°C. Rainfall is highest during the monsoon season June-September. In winter temperatures drop to an average of 4°C. In September, typhoons are frequent.

Campus facilities

The campus is well-equipped with a shopping street (supermarket, coffee shop, Post Office and bank); a purpose-built sports centre (table-tennis room, gymnastics hall, eight basketball courts, an athletics field, football pitch); and a wide range of clubs and societies available on campus, including Ultimate Frisbee, Football, IT, Dance and Debating.

 Finance 2018/19

Several bursaries are available for those who are accepted to study abroad at UNNC:
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for International Travel (automatic for all students): £750
  • Means tested Global Travel Bursary of £750 dependent on household income for students starting their studies in 2016 or after. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the finance webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)
  • International Engineering Study Scholarships: 
    nine scholarships of £1,000 each to students spending a full year or semester at either the China or Malaysia campuses in 2018/19.  Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit, with students requiring an average mark of 65% or higher.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK £700-1000
  • Visa/immigration £150-170
  • University accommodation £630-920
  • Meals £500
  • Books £150
  • Health insurance/examination 400 RMB
  • Local transport £65
  • Going out £80-300
  • Independent travel £150-600

Approximate living costs compiled from student surveys and UNNC website.

The cost of living in Ningbo for a single international student is estimated at 3000-4250 RMB (£300-500) per month.


University accommodation on campus is guaranteed to all international students who apply by the accommodation deadline. Students can choose between the international hall with single rooms or four bedroom apartments with single rooms and a common room.

More about The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus

Fudan University, Shanghai

International Students Office Fudan University

Fast Facts:

  • Language of instruction: Mandarin Chinese and English
  • Number of students enrolled: 32,000
  • Number of campuses: 4
  • Academic year: September - July
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September - December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - July

Fudan University’s four campuses are located in downtown Shanghai. The main campus is the Handan campus.

The vast majority of teaching at Fudan is in Chinese and little English will be spoken on campus. Nottingham students who wish to study at Fudan must be studying the Chinese language to an advanced level as part of their Nottingham degree programme.

Things To Do

Fudan University is situated in Shanghai, one of China’s largest and most modern cities with a population of over 23 million people.

“Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the ‘showpiece’ of the booming economy of mainland China.”

Travel Opportunities

Shanghai is the ideal location to start your travels around China with an excellent rail network and plenty of internal flights.

You could travel to Beijing in under 5 hours on the high speed train, where you could climb the great wall, visit the Forbidden City and sample some Peking Duck. The Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an are easily accessible by train or flight and ultra-modern Hong Kong is only a night train or short flight away.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, a branch of the Trans-Siberian railwayruns from Beijing which will take you through Mongolia and Eastern Russia to Moscow in just under two weeks. 


Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with all four seasons, featuring particularly hot humid summers and cold winters. Winter temperatures can drop below freezing with quite a lot of rainfall. Most indoor heating is provided by air conditioning units rather than central heating, so it is a good idea to pack plenty of warm clothes. The summer in Shanghai is hot and humid with temperatures regularly above 30ºC and occasional sudden downpours and thunderstorms.

Finance 2018/19

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Fudan:

  • Means tested Global Travel Bursary of £750 dependent on household income for students starting their studies in 2016 or after. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the finance webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 12 hours): £700-1000
  • Visa costs: £50-170
  • Medical Insurance (compulsory): £40-60
  • Accommodation: £870-1295

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.


  • On campus self-catered accommodation is available, but not guaranteed. There is an international student hall on campus which offers furnished, en-suite single and shared rooms with air conditioning and internet access. There is a kitchen on each floor of the hall as well as several dining halls on campus and restaurants nearby.
  • Off campus there is a private international student hall (Tonghe International Student village) offering single and double private rooms and shared apartments.

Information on on-campus accommodation

Tonhee Student Village

Module information 






International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5247
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5155
e: Email the Study Abroad team