Undergraduate entry requirements
The University has a wide understanding of school-leaving qualifications from overseas countries and works closely with the British Council, both in the UK and abroad, to ensure all applications are properly considered.
Entry requirements for our courses vary depending on your school qualifications, which determine your entry into either the preliminary year (year one) or qualifying year (year two).
Based on the application materials, the admissions committee may require the applicant to participate in relevant interviews or tests.
Some courses have specific requirements and you can check these on our course pages.
English language requirements*
*2020 entry only
If your first language is not English, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum requirements for our preliminary year entry are listed below:
The minimum requirements for our qualifying year entry are listed below:
- IELTS 5.5 with the writing band no less than 5.0
- PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51)
- TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in speaking)
- IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0
- PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55)
- TOEFL iBT 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)
The minimum English language requirements for qualifying year entry for BA English Language and Applied Linguistics, BA English Language and Literature, and BA English with International Business are:
- IELTS 7.0 with the writing band no less than 6.0
- PTE Academic 67 (minimum 55)
- TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)
The minimum English language requirements for BEng Aerospace Engineering are:
- IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.
Alternative test scores may also be considered.
Your exam grades are very important to us. We use exam grades in prioritising applicants, but other things count as well.
We look at a range of other factors and aim to give everyone an equal opportunity to show their achievements.
We treat everyone on an individual basis.
We receive more applications than places we have. This means that even if you have the right grades for a course, you might not be offered a place.
Admissions staff for a course may make one standard offer to all applicants or they may vary the offer. This means that some applicants may be made a higher offer and some may be made a lower offer for the same course, depending on their other achievements.
Minimum age requirements
An applicant should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. For the purposes of this regulation the date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year.
This requirement may be waived for applicants who will be less than 18 years of age on admission, on an individual basis, provided that their parents or guardians have given their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements. These include acknowledging that the University will not act in "loco parentis."
The following outlines the University procedures for handling applications from candidates who will be under 18 years of age at the start of their course.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs):
What is the criteria of guardian for international students?
Where a student is from overseas and their parents remain abroad, UNNC requires details of a guardian for the child, who should be living in China preferably in or near to Ningbo, and who will be accessible to the child and to the UNNC should the need arise.
Who should find the guardian?
It should normally be the parents. Agent may be consulted if they offer such service.
If the parents cannot find a guardian, what will happen?
The university won’t be able to issue an offer letter based on local government requirement.
How will university assess the English competency since IELTS is cancelled?
TOFEL iBT Special Home Edition is temporary acceptable due to Covid-19, In such cases schools may, at their discretion, ask applicants to attend for interviews, undertake supplementary assessments or provide examples of work.