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University of Nottingham Ningbo China enrolls students from all around the world. However, depending on where you are applying from, entry route and admission method vary. 

  • If you are a student from China's mainland, then please refer to our Chinese language site for policy and admission regarding entry via the China National College Entrance Examination (commonly known as Gaokao). Students from Zhejiang province may also gain entry to the University through the Tri-Unity Scheme Test (TUST).
  • If you are a student from China's Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan regions, please refer to the entry requirement page for HMT students.
  • If you are an international student from anywhere else in the world, please refer to the entry requirement page for international students.

Read and understand our admissions policy, English language requirements and minimum age requirements carefully before making an application.

Admissions policy

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). Some courses may also have specific requirements. 

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. Based on the application materials, the admissions committee may require the applicant to participate in relevant interviews or tests. 

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.

English language requirements for 2024 entry

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 (year one) entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any element
  • or PTE Academic 59 (minimum 53)
  • or TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 17 in writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in speaking)

The minimum requirements for our qualifying year (year two) entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0
  • or PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65)
  • or TOEFL iBT 90 (minimum 19 in writing)

The minimum English language requirements for qualifying year (year two) 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
  • or PTE Academic 76 (minimum 65)
  • or TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 in writing)

The minimum English language requirements for BEng Aerospace Engineering are:

  • Preliminary year entry: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element
  • Qualifying year entry: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each element

Only off-line English test score is accepted. Alternative test scores may also be considered.

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."

Refer to the minimum age requirements page for more information.