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Summer school students learning Chinese painting

International summer school 2017


Based at our award-winning campus in China, the Summer School will give you the chance to study a new subject overseas while learning about a different culture first-hand.

 There are three programmes to choose from, each lasting two weeks. Each programme is made up of taught lessons and cultural visits. 

Summer school programme


Course Information

The Summer School will last two or three weeks depending on your selection. Students can choose one of the three courses or choose two courses by combining ‘Mandarin for Work’ either with ‘Doing Business in China’ or with ‘Understanding the Rise of China’. Each course is worth 10 UNNC credits*.

* Transfer of credits is subject to the approval of the student’s home institution. 

Sample timetable 2017



The cultural and social activities

The opportunity to travel and experience China is a remarkable one. No other country has as much variety, depth and history. As part of our Summer Schools we include a number of trips that will provide you with a fantastic chance to explore this amazing country at a time of rapid change. 

The financial heart of China: Shanghai

There will be a trip to Shanghai during the middle weekend, leaving on Saturday morning, giving you two days to experience the delights of this amazing city. Visits and tours will be carefully chosen to relate to the academic themes of the courses on offer in the Summer School.

The beauty of Hangzhou 
As one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for the last 1,000 years, Hangzhou is set in beautiful scenery and is full of historical relics. You will be able to visit some of the city’s most popular sites including the lovely West Lake.

Please note: Shanghai and Hangzhou trips are optional at your own expense. It will cost 800RMB including accommodation for the Shanghai trip and 300RMB for Hanghzhou trip. Alternatively you may use the free time allocated to visit areas independently, at your own expense.

Apart from trips, cultural activities such as calligraphy, Chinese painting, and Taiji will also be offered to interested students.



Dates, Entry requirements and application


Application Deadline: 15 May 2017

Arrive: 17 June 2017

Departure: 1 July 2017 for two-week programme/8 July 2017 for three-week programme

Free airport pickup service will be available in both Ningbo and Shanghai Pudong Airport on 17 June if you inform us of your travel arrangement in advance.

Entry requirements

No formal academic requirements are necessary. All the programmes are delivered in English and students are expected to have good English language ability of overall IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no less than 5.5 in any element, or equivalent. Anyone fulfilling these entry requirements is eligible to apply, including undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and those in employment in any industry, anywhere in the world. Students must be aged 18 or over.

How to apply

You need to download and complete an Application Form. Please register your interest in the International Summer Schools as soon as possible as places are limited.

Application deadline

15 May 2017 - If you wish to register after the deadline, please send an email to to check if there are still vacancies.

Five reasons to sign up for the Summer School

  • Meet new people from all over the world and join a fast-growing global network
  • Prove to prospective employers that you are proactive, dynamic and cosmopolitan 
  • Face an exciting challenge in a supportive environment 
  • Visit a fascinating country that you might not otherwise see 
  • Earn additional credits 

ningbo city center

A view of Ningbo city centre



Programme costs and accommodation

Course fee

The course fee is 5000RMB for one course and 8000RMB for two courses. A discount of 1000RMB is available for students from any Universitas 21 and UNNC partner institutions (including the University of Nottingham UK and Malaysia Campus).

The course fee includes

  • Tuition and classroom support costs
  • Cultural and social programmes

The course fee does not include:

  • Travel between your home country and China, domestic travel
  • Visa & insurance
  • Accommodation & food
  • Optional trips to Shanghai and Hangzhou
  • Personal expenditure during the programme 

Early bird discount

A 10% discount off the course fee is available for students who apply and pay the full fees by 31 March 2017.

Accommodation fee

You will have the option of living in university-arranged accommodation. The on-campus accommodation are fully furnished, four-room flats. Each flat has four private bedrooms, two toilets, one shower room, one washing room and a common room. The common rooms in these flats are equipped with a fridge, TV set and a few cooking appliances. The accommodation fee is a fixed price of 1400RMB for the duration of the two weeks and 2100RMB for the three weeks.

Payment method

Pay by TT transfer to following bank account:

  • Bank Name: Bank of China Ningbo Branch
  • Bank Address: 139 Yao Hang Street Ningbo China
  • Swift Code: BKCHCNBJ92A
  • Bank Account Number: 376658330575
  • Bank Account Name: University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Please note:

  • Any foreign currency will automatically be transferred into RMB and the exchange rate and any bank charges will automatically base on the bank system on the time your money arrives.
  • Please indicate your full name on the remarks of the remittance for our identification. Scan and email your voucher/remittance to
  • It is recommended to transfer money in Bank of China at your country. 

“It’s been a great opportunity for people from different cultures, contexts and disciplines to study and travel together. Given the sweeping trend of globalisation, such a platform for communication is becoming increasingly important.”

'Overall it’s a good course; I'd recommend it.' 

'Amazing experience. Met some hilarious people. Thanks a millions! That was a jolly good show!' 

'A thoroughly enjoyable experience; have met some lifelong friends.'

'Really enjoyed my stay in Ningbo and meeting new people. I wish I'd stay longer!' 

'A great experience and I really got to experience some of the culture in China.'

'Great lecturers who clearly have a passion for their subjects. Bravo!'

2014 Summer-school-taichi-class 2014

Taichi class


Further information


Once students are formally accepted for the International Summer School, the Summer School team will issue an invitation letter for each student. It is advised that student apply for a F visa to China. Detail information on how to apply for a F visa please consult your local Chinese embassy.


Ms Freya Song

Global Engagement Office

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo 315100, China

t: +86 (0)574 8822 2272



"The group encompassed students from countries as diverse as England, Slovenia, Poland, Malaysia, Holland, and also some students from the Ningbo campus who themselves came from several different provinces across China. It was truly an international Summer School"


Calligraphy class