Founded in 1902, Beijing Normal University (BNU) is one of China 's earliest-established institutions of higher learning as well as one of the key universities in the country. Over the years, BNU has accumulated rich experience with the Chinese language program and major-related courses for international students. In recent years, BNU has become well-known all around the world, and welcome an increasing number of international students into all of BNU's schools and departments.
Courses are taught in both English and Chinese, but there is a limited amount of classes taught in English in several majors available.
For students who apply to study Chinese language at the College of Chinese Language and Culture
(language students), no prerequisite of Chinese proficiency is required.
For students who apply to study regular academic courses at schools other than the College of Chinese Language and Culture (General Advanced Studies Students) , HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) Level 6 or above is required.
The language requirement should be strictly observed if students apply to study regular academic courses at schools other than the College of Chinese Language and Culture. Students sent by San Diego State University should be students with U.S. nationality.
Students can choose Chinese language courses (from beginner level to advanced level); however, if students choose to study at other academic schools or departments, then they can take one Chinese language course for free and other language courses are offered with charge.
All SDSU students must enroll in at least 12 semester units
to be considered full-time while studying abroad. At BNU, this is typically 3-5 courses per semester.
See the Fall 2017 BNU Information Sheet for Partner Universities (1).doc
and the List of English-taught courses at BNU.pdf
for more information, including available courses in English. The College of Chinese Language and Culture Course Catalog.do
c is also available.
The general dates for program are:
Fall semester: Early September - early or mid-January
Spring semester: Mid-February - end of June (Chinese language students); up to mid-July (academic faculties)
Academic Year: Early September - end of June or mid-July
Housing and Meals
On-campus housing is guaranteed for students. The rent for on-campus housing is 60 - 95 Yuan RMB per day. Students apply for housing after they receive their admission to BNU. Students may also find their own homestay accommodation but it will be the student's responsibility to secure this option.
All SDSU students are required by the Chancellor's office to be enrolled in the CSU Foreign Traveler Insurance Program (CSU FTIP)
for their program abroad. The insurance charge which will appear on the student's account services billing. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure. For more information on costs, refer to the website.
Passport and Visa
You must have a valid passport to participate on an exchange program. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least 6 months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa.
A visa must be obtained to study in China. More information about the process is on the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles website
. There is no work eligibility. If you hold a passport from a country other than the U.S., be sure to understand what you will need for entry pertaining to your citizenship at the time of participation.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State