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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 19
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English, Mandarin Academic Disciplines: Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Business Administration, Chinese, Economics, Economics and International Affairs, History, Technology, and Society, International Affairs
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Housing Type: On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
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Location Information

Spring semester:  mid February – mid July
Academic Year:  early September – mid July

This university is located in Beijing, China. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

Renmin University of China (RUC), also known as the People's University of China, is a key university in China. RUC's strengths lie in the humanities and social sciences, however, the university also embraces disciplines in the area of natural sciences. The RUC is a comprehensive research-orientated university. At present, the RUC has a total enrollment of 22,300 students. This breaks down to 10,300 undergraduate students and 9,300 postgraduate students. International students account for 1,500 of the student body. The RUC offers bachelor's degrees in sixty areas and double degrees in eight areas. The RUC has ninety-nine Masters programs and sixty-six Ph.D. programs. The RUC ranks third among all the universities in China with respect to the number of disciplines. In a recent appraisal conducted by the Ministry of Education, five disciplines at the RUC ranked first among all the universities in China: Theoretical Economics; Applied Economics; Legal Studies; Sociology; and Journalism and Communication. The same appraisal also scored RUC's programs in Political Science, Management of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, History, and Business Administration very well. 

On-campus dorms are available to international students. Buildings 1 & 2 include shared bathrooms on each floor, telephones, air conditioning, and internet service. Building 3 consists of single rooms, which include a bathroom, TV, telephone, air conditioning, internet access, and room cleaning service. Housing in Building 3 costs approximately three times as much as housing in Buildings 1 and 2. Alternatively, students may find off-campus housing on their own. 

meal plan
on-campus dining
The International Student Office also houses the International Student Canteen. Students may use their Student ID as a dining card to pay for their meals at the international student canteen or at the various other dining halls on campus. 

  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
Course offerings are not announced until students arrive at Renmin at the beginning of their semester of study. 

Some classes in economics, finance, law, and political science are taught in English. 

Participants should be fluent in Chinese if they want to enroll in lecture courses taught in Chinese. Students should score at least a level 6 on the HSK Chinese Language Proficiency Test. The test can be taken in 10 US cities, including Atlanta. In Atlanta, the test is administered at Kennesaw State University. It is given twice a year, usually in May and October. You must register in order to take the test. Please visit click here to learn more about the test and registration.

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

Regular lecture courses:
1 Renmin credit = 1.52 GT credits

Intensive Chinese Language Program:
1 Renmin credit = 1.136 GT credits

Renmin Grade = US Grade
90-100 (A) = A
80-89 (B) = B
70-79 (C) = C
60-69 (D) = D
0-59 (E, Failure) = F 
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
For information regarding visas, click here and here.  The latter link is to a service that some faculty-led programs to China have recommended to help students obtain visas.
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Meg Sonstroem