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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.

Course Registration

Students are required to arrive one week before scheduled classes begin to take the placement examination and register for courses.

Language of Instruction



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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

error_outline The visa office will keep your passport for up to a week or longer to complete the process, this is normal.


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.

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  • Housing/Meals

    Students have two housing options when attending SNU:

    On-Campus Housingis provided by the Qi Xia Yuan Hotel: The international students hotel is located on campus. Prices are based on single or double occupancy and includes a private bathroom, 24 hour hot water, television, air conditioning, internet access, bed, closet, and desk. Public facilities include a business center, elevator, café and bar, shared kitchen and washing machines. Prices are based on duration of stay and how many occupants live in one room (2 maximum). Costs listed above are based on a five-month semester.

    • 40 CNY/day for double room with roommate, or 80 CNY/day for double room by yourself

    Off-campus Housing: plenty of local apartments are available for rent (students are on their own in finding off-campus housing). Prices vary depending on the location and desirability of the apartment. In most cases, to rent an apartment in China you are required to pay the entire contract amount up front upon moving in. (example: 6 month contract at 1200 CNY/Month= 1200 x 6 + 2000 (deposit) = 9200 CNY upfront cost) When renting an apartment, make sure to ask what the rent includes. Utilities are typically extra and vary in price.

    • Approximately 1300 CNY/Month
    • Utilities and Internet approximately 500CNY/Month

    Meals are inexpensive in Xi’an. You can eat comfortably on less than $5.00 USD a day. However, many students enjoy spending time at the western cafes located near the campus. Meals at these cafes can run upwards of $10.00 USD per meal. Budget according to your preference. SNU suggests budgeting 500 CNY (approx. 80 USD) per month for meals, adjust your budget according to your preferences.

  • Program Fees

    All programs fees are billed through UNC account:

    Tuition and Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee




  • (Estimated) Additional Costs

    The above below total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses below.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

    Additional expenses are not billed to student account:





    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country Health Insurance (OSHC, visa requirement)
    Texts/Course Materials
    Essential Daily Living Expenses

    Total (without spending money)


    Additional Spending Money and Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)