This opportunity W&M is exploring with BNU for Fall 2020 would allow students located in China to take in-person courses, should they be unable to return to W&M in the Fall.
Through W&M’s Confucius Institute partner, Beijing Normal University (BNU), BNU would provide W&M students with courses within their full undergraduate curriculum (both English language and Chinese language courses).
Students will be housed in BNU student dorms at the Changping Campus and will receive credit from BNU, which will transfer back to W&M with W&M faculty approval. The Changping Campus is in West Area, Changping Campus of BNU, Shahemanjing Road, Changping District, Beijing located 30 kilometeres from the Main Campus of BNU. BNU will provide a shuttle bus for students living in Changping campus to the main campus. Students should expect an hour commute.
Beijing Normal University is a public research university recognized as a prestigious university with a strong focus on the humanities and sciences. BNU offers 55 undergraduate degree programs. Located in the Haidian district of Beijing, between the second and third ring roads, and home to many universities, including over 10,000 undergraduates who attend BNU.
All students would be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits.
Students would receive credit in the form of transfer credit at W&M for these courses. Student grades would not affect their W&M GPA and grades would be transferred as "T" for transfer credit.
More information about the BNU curriculum can be found here: BNU Course Curriculum
Participating students will receive COLL 300.
September 6, 2020* - January 16, 2021 (W&M's spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin January 27, 2021)
*First day of classes, students will arrive 2 to 3 days earlier to attend orientation for W&M students. Details to come.
Applications due :
July 29, 2020
Program fee: $11,500
International Student Fee: $65
Program Fee due
: Due to W&M on August 7, 2020*
*Please note the program-fee is non-refundable if accepted into the program
The program fee would include tuition, room, and orientation.
Costs not covered:
Meals, personal expenses, travel
Students participating in this program would remain full-time W&M students have have access to you would continue having access to W&M’s services (Swem Library, VPN, Wellness, Academic Advising, etc) and would have the ability to register for spring courses with the rest of your cohort.
For questions, please contact Molly DeStafney
, Associate Director of Global Education Programs, or for inquiries in Mandarin, Ying Liu
, Associate Director of of the W&M Confucius Institute