Given the ongoing pandemic, W&M is extending the BNU program. This program will allow students located in China to take in-person courses, should they be unable to return to W&M.
Through W&M’s partner, Beijing Normal University (BNU), BNU provides W&M students with courses within their full undergraduate curriculum (both English language and Chinese language courses) and students live in BNU student housing.
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.
This program is designed to allow for more flexibility for students and to provide an opportunity for them to take courses remotely at W&M, in addition to taking advantage of BNU's in-person instruction and campus life. Students will have two options available:
1. Enroll in 6 to 11 credits at BNU (and take additional courses remotely at W&M so that they will continue to be full-time students)
2. Enroll in 12+ credits at BNU.
Students will receive credit in the form of transfer credit at W&M for any courses 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.
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 kilometers 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.
Special for Fall 2021, entering freshman will be required to take a remote COLL 150 and COLL 100 for a total of 8 W&M remote credits and a minimum of 6 (maximum 10) BNU credits (ensuring that you have at least 12 credits combined to be a full-time student).
Please note that Joint Degree Program students are not able to participate on this program.
Dates to come, anticipated start of Fall 2021: September 5, 2021
*First day of classes, students will arrive 2 to 3 days earlier to attend orientation for W&M students. Details to come.
: Fall 2021: July 7, 2021
Program fee for Part-Time Option*
(between 6 to 11 credits at BNU): $10,450
Program fee for Full-Time Option*
(12+ credits at BNU): $11,500
International Student Fee: $65
*Please note that this cost does not include W&M tuition if taking courses remotely at W&M. For information on W&M tuition, please read below:
The BNU Fall 2021 program is inherently unique, intentionally built to continue our assistance to returning W&M students residing in China during a time when it may not be possible or otherwise feasible to return to our campus in Williamsburg. This program allows these students to take courses in-person and participate in a campus community at BNU while in some cases also taking a few W&M courses.
Given the nature of this exceptional hybrid program, W&M students who opt to take some remote courses at W&M (as a part-time student
) in addition to at least 6 credits of courses at BNU will be billed the following W&M credit rates which are specific to this program (in addition to the program fees listed above):
Out-of-state rate for W&M courses:
$1,336 per credit hour
Program Fee due: Due to W&M on August 2, 2021*
*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 fall courses with the rest of your cohort.
For questions, please contact Molly DeStafney
, Associate Director of Global Education Programs