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Beijing Normal University
Beijing, China
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Chinese Program Type: University Exchange
 Non-English Language Prerequisite:
2 Semesters Housing Type: Student Dormitories
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Study Abroad Adviser: Shanna Vincent
 Language Category:
Language Category C
Program Description:

Beijing Normal University

Program Highlights

  • Location: Beijing Normal University is located in China's capital city of Beijing, home to the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven.
  • Academics: Most students take only Chinese language/culture classes.  See more below!
  • Cost: This is a University Exchange program, meaning you pay OU tuition/fees to the Bursar and on-site costs (housing, meals, etc) to Beijing Normal University or local entities. See below for more information on cost!
  • Housing: Exchange students live in student dormitories - see more below!
This program is ideal for majors or minors of Chinese and/or Asian Studies!

Most OU students take only Chinese language and culture courses at Beijing Normal University, although there are some English-Taught Courses available each semester! It is possible for you to take regular courses in Chinese but a very high level of fluency is required to do this (level 6 on the HSK test). 

To see courses previously taken by OU students at Beijing Normal University and their OU equivalents click the following link: Beijing Normal University - Course Equivalency Information.

Money Matters
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees and insurance to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Beijing Normal University.

Use this Beijing Normal University Budget Estimate to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!
You will live in one of several international student dorms; you can rank your preferences on the application in Phase 3. Use this comparison chart of the different housing and cost options when budgeting and ranking housing. Most if not all dormitories have elevators; classroom buildings do not.

Program Requirements
  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • CHIN 1225 or higher complete before study abroad semester
  • 2 Recommendation Letters:
    • 1 from any OU professor
    • 1 from an OU Chinese language professor
  • Host University Application
  • Visa
Get Started
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser for China to move on to Phase 2!

Other Resources
OU Student Blog: John in China
OU Education Abroad Pinterest Board: China 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 09/15/2014 01/09/2015
 NOTE: Dates are approximate and subject to change. Do not use these dates to purchase flights.
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 09/26/2014 TBA TBA

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