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International Exchange programme

The Exchange Programme is designed for undergraduate students from our partner universities worldwide who wish to spend a period of time studying at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, earning credits to transfer back to their home university.

Modules are available across most disciplines and are part of the regular undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, enabling international exchange students to study alongside China-based home students.

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 International Exchange


Language of instruction

All undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Ningbo are conducted entirely in English with the same teaching and evaluation standards as at Nottingham UK by staff either seconded from Nottingham UK or appointed internationally to the University of Nottingham standards

Tuition fees

International Exchange students are exempt from paying any tuition fees to The University of Nottingham ningbo, China, provided that they have been formally nominated to study at The University of Nottingham by their home university.


All exchange & study abroad students are guaranteed university accommodation for the duration of their study period, provided that applications are returned by the deadline stated in their offer letter. For more detail please see "accommodation|".


The International Office and students affairs office provides a focal point for all international students and there is a dedicated Co-ordinator for Exchange students. Each academic School also has a designated Exchange Co-ordinator who provides advice on academic issues. For more detail please see  "supports|"

How to apply

You must be nominated by your home university in order to take part in the International Exchange programme. You are advised to contact the International Office or equivalent at your home university who will be able to advise you on their application and selection process, as well as any internal deadlines. Your home university will then nominate you to the University of Nottingham ningbo, China by email. Once you have been nominated by your home university, you can then apply to the International Exchange programme at The University of Nottingham ningbo, China

1. Download and complete the Study Abroad and International Exchange Application Form|

2. Attach all required documentation, including:

  • Your most recent original academic transcript
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your English language test result (if applicable)
  • An official nomination from your home university

3. Submit your application to the International Office at your home institution.

Application deadline

The application deadline to UNNC is:

  • 31st May for September entry
  • 30th November for Spring entry.

Entry requirement

All applicants must be a current student at an overseas university or college of higher education and have completed at least one year of study at their home institution. Students apply for International Exchange programme must be nominated by their home university.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit evidence of English language proficiency at the time of application. Our minimum entry requirements are

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0 or
  • TOEFL (paper based) 575 + TWE no less than 4.5 or
  • TOEFL (computer based) 232 + TWE no less than 4.5
  • TOEFL (IBT) 88 (minimum 19 in any element)l

Choosing modules

UNNC offers a wide range of subjects for your period of study abroad, including business management, international communications, international studies, science and engineering, English studies etc. Students admitted to the programme are not awarded a degree from UNNC- instead, credit for studies successfully completed at UNNC may be transferred to the degree in the students' home institution.

Module Structure

Year 1 is the First Year Programme, an intensive course in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) specially designed for Chinese students. This gives them the training they will need to succeed in their future studies. It is carefully integrated with the study programmes offered by each academic division, and it prepares them fully for years 2-4 of their degree

Year 2 is called the Qualifying Year in accordance with the University of Nottingham structure. During this year students begin courses in their chosen subject. It gives them a comprehensive introduction to their special field.

Year 3 and 4 are called Part I and Part II. The marks students receive during these years form the base for their final degree award.

Module Catalogue

The Module Catalogue is available on-line at "A-Z course listing|" of the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China's website. Students should choose modules from the relevant division and degree programme, and select the suitable level (Year) you want to take.

Students can also search modules on: Online Module Catalogue|. Level 0 module is for Year One students; Level 1 module is for Year Two students; Level 2 & 3 is for Year Three (Part I) & Year Four (Part II) students.

Exchange/study abroad students coming to UNNC are advised to choose suitable level of courses, subject to the fact that they have satisfied the pre-requisite requirements, enrollment quota and home institution' permission.

Students are advised to select more than the required credit load at application stage in case their first choice of modules is unavailable. Exchange students are encouraged to discuss suitable modules with their home university prior to arrival in Nottingham Ningbo and to be flexible in their selection in case their first choices are not available. Please ensure that you select modules of a suitable level as specified in the Application Guidelines. Please note that a place on a specific module cannot be guaranteed prior to arrival.

Credit system and course load

Students' intended course of study at UNNC must be approved by their home institution before they lodge in Study Abroad or International Exchange application to ensure smooth credit transfer.

Students are required to undertake a full time course of study for one or two semesters. Modules are normally worth 10-20 credits each. The average full time workload is 60 Nottingham credits (30 ECTS credits) in one semester and 120 credits (60 ECTS credits) over two semesters in one year. 50 credits is the minimum full-time workload in one semester

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Students are dacing in a Christmas Party





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International students are doing volunteer teaching in a Migrants Children's school





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International students travel to Jiufeng mountain near Ningbo