China Campus

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 Lonely Planet describes it: 'China's landscapes span the range from alpha to omega: take your pick from the sublime sapphire lakes of Tibet or the impassive deserts of Inner Mongolia, island-hop in Hong Kong or cycle between fairy-tale karst pinnacles around Yangshuo. Swoon before the rice terraces of the south, take a selfie among the gorgeous yellow rapeseed by Qinghai Lake, or hike the Great Wall as it meanders across mountain peaks'.

Ningbo, China

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University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China 


  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 7,800+
  • Staff and students come from more than 70 countries around the world
  • Number of campuses: 1
  • Academic year: September-June
  • Faculties: Business, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences


The Ningbo campus opened in 2004 on a 144 acre site and was the first Sino-foreign university to be established in China.

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.


  • Two hour drive to Shanghai
  • Two hour flight to Beijing
  • Six hour flight to Tokyo
  • Five hour flight to Seoul

Located in Zhejiang Province on the eastern coast of China, about 200km south of Shanghai, Ningbo is a modern city with around 7.6 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 two 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. 


Students accepted to study on exchange at the China Campus will be eligible to receive the Vice Chancellor’s Award for International Travel (automatic for all students): £750.

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University accommodation is guaranteed if you apply by the deadline. There are two options:

  • On-campus international student hall with single rooms.
  • On-campus four bedroom apartments.

 Further information



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