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United International College/UIC
Zhuhai, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** 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:
Program Provider:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Program Term(s):
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Previous Language Study Req?:
Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin Chinese
Language courses offered:
Mandarin Chinese
Housing Options:
Residence Hall
Areas of Study:
Accounting, Advertising, Business Adminstration, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Industries Management, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film, Finance, Food Technology and Management, Government, History, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, International Journalism, International Relations, Media Studies, Philosophy, Public Relations, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Statistics, Television, TESL-Teaching English as a Second Language Program Design: Direct Enroll, Exchange
Program Description:

Gustavus Exchange with United International College (UIC), Zhuhai, China
View of Zhuhai

The University and City

Located in the southern seacoast of Guandong Province, Zhuhai (meaning pearl of the sea), shares its southern border with Macau. With a population just under 1.5 million, it is a relatively small city and is known as one of the most beautiful cities in China.

United International College (UIC) was established in 2005 as China's first western-style liberal arts college. It is affiliated with Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University.

With English as the main language of instruction and administration at UIC, exchange students are able to take their courses in English while also taking an introductory course in Chinese language and culture.

The campus is home to about 6000 students. Students come from all over China and around the world. Enrollment has almost tripled since the college opened its doors in 2005.

Exchange Model:
Note that this is an exchange program. In the exchange model, participating Gustavus students enroll directly in courses offered by a partner college or university located abroad or elsewhere in the US. In these programs, there is less direct support for participating students when compared to programs run by Gustavus or by partner organizations with US staff members and offices. The model requires some extra effort on the student's part, to navigate an unfamiliar institution and its systems, but the rewards are demonstrably greater (research shows this), as students who complete such programs experience the most immersive form of study away.

Academics & Courses

See UIC Recommended Courses Exchange Students Dec 2012.pdf for recommended course list from UIC as of December 2012. You are not limited to these courses; but these courses have been identified as good options for exchange students.

At UIC exchange students must take a full course load, which includes three or four classes that the student chooses, and one Chinese language and culture class. Discuss credit translations with the CICE Advisor.

The areas of study include, but are not limited to: International Journalism, Social Work, Teaching Language as a Second Language, Public Relations and Advertising, Cinema and Television, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Technology, Accounting, Finance and Applied Economics.

Students may also choose to take all of their courses as part of the Chinese Language and Culture Center. Students will take 15 semester credits (two Chinese language courses, and additional courses in history, literature, philosophy, culture, etc.).

For complete information, view the UIC website at


International students are housed on-campus in dorms.

Eligibility & Suitability

While any Gustavus student with sophomore standing or above, 2.75 cumulative GPA and in good standing at the college is able to participate in this program, UIC is a young college undergoing vast changes at any given time. Therefore, this program is best suited for adventurous, independent, flexible students who have a high tolerance for ambiguity and change.

Application & Deadlines

Students must first apply for Gustavus approval through StudioAbroad. 


Students pay their Gustavus tuition as normal. Room and board is paid on-site by the student. Generally all financial aid applies, except student employment and certain scholarships that require participation on campus. Students are responsible for their own transportation, visa costs and other personal expenses. A deposit is due upon acceptance.


The Fall Semester at United International College runs from mid-September to late January. The Spring Semester begins in mid-February, and goes until late June.

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