- Location and Housing
- Pricing and Dates
- Program Staff
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
As a social sciences university, Renmin University of China (中国人民大学) (RUC) is also known as People's University of China. RUC is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China. Located in the Haidian District of Beijing, the university was founded by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 1937. RUC has leveraged its close relationship with the communist party to teach on and research in the social sciences, making it one of the most influential think tanks in the country. Alumni of RUC have become outstanding scholars in law, economics, and journalism. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in China.
International Students Office
Renmin University of China
Room 108, International Cultural Exchange Center
No. 59 Zhongguancun St.
Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is located in the northeastern region of the country. As a city with ancient roots, it was first built in the Yuan Dynasty and became one of the eight major business areas of the capital during the Qing Dynasty and was the seat of such old shops as Lotus White, Quanjude and Hongbin House. The famed Old Summer Palace and Summer Palace, two grand imperial gardens are also among its reputed features.
RUC offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Although Pitt students are not guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing, RUC will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing.
At RUC, courses are taught in Chinese and in English, with a majority in Chinese. Therefore, a high level of Chinese proficiency is required to be nominated for this exchange program. Coursework offered in English include the following:
- Business: Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
- English: Literature, Writing, Creative Writing
- Political Science
Pitt students studying abroad as exchange students will have the option of one of the three programs:
Credits taken at RUC are will transfer to Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 RUC credits will transfer as 3 Pitt credits.
All credits taken at RUC require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. Courses taken at RUC will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
As a part of the cultural experience, RUC offers Chinese Language Courses specifically designed for visiting students. These may be considered for credit or not for credit. Verify with the study abroad program manager regarding their transferability.
Unlike Pitt, RUC’s grading scale assigns numerical values between 0 – 100, with 100 representing the highest grade achievable. For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt. Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
RUC will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure to follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of the grades is received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt*||$10,259||$17,273|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$2,200|
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
Pitt students enroll at RUC for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). RUC's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, RUC’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Because RUC’s academic calendar varies significantly from Pitt’s, exchanging for only the fall semester is not possible. However, if a single semester at RUC is desired, then the Spring (or second) semester is the only option. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt. I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas. I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences. I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose. Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea. Good eating and traveling! Let me know if you should have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1 412-383-7165.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to RUC. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review RUC's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at RUC. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to RUC's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Language Requirements: In order to take courses in Chinese at RUC, Pitt students will be required to submit evidence of Chinese proficiency. Please check with RUC regarding these requirements.
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, China requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their national health plans. Students are required to purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan of Foreign Students provided by Ping An Insurance Company on the Study Registration Day, which has been recognized and recommended by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The approximate cost for insurance in China is 600 RMB/year.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without Chinese nationality, students must obtain an X1 student visa to study in China for more than 180 days and the followed by a Residence Permit within 30 days of arrival at the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (BMPSB). X2 student visas are required for students studying less than 180 days, whereas no subsequent resident permit is required. For an overview regarding the visa process, please contact RUC. Also, check the Chinese Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information. RUC will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)