Study Abroad in Xi'an, China
Shaanxi Normal University (SNU) is located in Xi’an, historically called Chang’an, the originating place of Chinese civilization. The university has over 2,800 faculty and more than 60,000 students. The university attaches much importance to the education of international students and has abundant teaching resources in the teaching of Chinese language to speakers of other languages. Currently there are about 5,000 international students studying at the university. Actively engaging in international cooperation and exchange, the university has established friendly ties with more than 60 institutions and organizations in over 30 countries and regions, such as the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Shaanxi Normal University’s School of Chinese Studies admits students for introductory and advanced language courses. Chinese language courses are approximately 18 weeks for semester exchanges. SNU also conducts short-term and private language programs based on student’s needs and availability.
Students are required to arrive one week before scheduled classes begin to take the placement examination and register for courses.
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To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least two semester of courses at UNC. The program is open to all Chinese proficiency levels. It is recommended that students have taken CHIN 101 and 102 before their semester of exchange. Students who test into higher proficiency, meeting SNU’s requirements, can take regular courses offered.
This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.
Students must first complete the UNC application for exchange. Applications will be evaluated and selections will be made immediately after the application deadline. If selected, the student will need to complete an additional admissions application for Shaanxi Normal.
Fall Semester: September-February
Application Deadline: March 12
Spring Semester: March-July
Application Deadline: October 1
Students attending SNU will apply for one of two visa options “Business (F) Visa” or “Student (X) Visa.” Applicants must appear in person or hire a visa company to obtain your Chinese visa.
- Once you arrive in China, the SNU international student office (ISO) will prepare paperwork for you to obtain your resident permit before your first visa expires.
- You will be required to complete a health examination before a resident permit is issued. This health examination is done in China and directions will be given to you by the ISO. The cost for the health examination is approximately 300 RMB.
- Finally, you are required to go to the local police station of your residence (check with ISO or your landlord to find out where it is located) to show proof of your residence for on-campus housing or the apartment you rented.
- Lastly, when all of these steps are complete you will go to the visa office to apply for a resident permit at the visa office.
Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.
error_outline All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester