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Minzu University - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program at Minzu University with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has a semester/year abroad program with Minzu University! Minzu University of China is one of China’s most important comprehensive universities, and one of the country's 38 key government supported institutions of higher education. The Humanities is its main focus and Ethnic Studies is its defining specialty, ranking first in China. It is the only university in China where all of China’s 56 ethnic groups are represented in its faculty and student body. Minzu University is also one of the most well-known institutions in China for teaching Chinese as a foreign language. It is one of the first eight universities in China that enrolled international students and began teaching and researching Chinese as a foreign language.The campus is located in the university district of Beijing near the National Library of China and the Chinese ‘Silicon Valley’ known as the Zhongguancun High-Technology Industry Base. The campus has a garden-like characteristic, and public transportation is convenient with subway access at the entrance to campus.

General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Semester and Year Abroad Programs 


Use the left-hand navigation for information specific to this program.


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China is a country with an ancient history, a brilliant civilization, and beautiful landscapes. China is often touted as having one of the world’s oldest surviving civilization whose people have shared a common culture for more than 5,000 years. Philosophers, emperors, foreign conquerors, political leaders, and civil war have all left their marks on China’s colorful history, but the people’s culture has endured and remained constant. As their civilization developed, the people excelled in science and artistic expression. Many examples have endured the test of time and are revered today as national treasures and historical sites.

Read more about the dynamic culture that Beijing offers.




Over 30 sites in China are now World Heritage listed and protected. They include ancient architectural complexes and a number of historical relics, forming an important basis for the study of China’s ancient culture and history. In recent years, China has emerged from isolation and captured the attention of the world by accomplishing astonishing technical achievements and driving their economy at a dazzling pace. The blending of ancient traditions, technological advancement, economic reform, and government control is creating a new China that is dynamic and cannot be defined in conventional ways. There is no argument that China will continue to make a significant impact on world affairs, but just how and to what extent is the topic of much debate. For more information on China, visit the Destinations section.

CLICK HERE to learn more about China!

Academic Highlights

Minzu University with its signature strength in language instruction and Chinese Ethnic Studies is the ideal university for hosting visiting international students.

All participants will enroll in intensive Chinese language instruction (9 credits), along with an ethnic studies course entitled, The Nationalities of China: A country comprised of 56 ethnic groups (3 credits). Participants may be able to also select an additional English-taught subject.

Additional subjects will likely be offered in the fields of; Ethnic Studies, Chinese Studies, Asian Studies, and Asian Business Studies.

Cultural excursions are led every other Saturday where participants will interact with other visiting and local students attending both Minzu University and Peking University.


All GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students are housed on campus in the student dormitories with a private bathroom and shower.  Students can choose to live in a single, double, or a triple share with a Chinese roommate. Rooms are climate controlled and include bedding, desks, chairs, and Internet access. Cafeterias and local restaurants are within close proximity to the dorms.

Meals are not included in the program fees.

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Michelle Sieng from the University of Tulsa, put together a few videos from her experience during the fall 2009 Bridging Cultures Program in Beijing, China:




Michelle departs Tulsa and arrives                          Tackling the Great Wall             
              in Beijing



                                        Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable fees to study abroad in Asia.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Special Programs/Excursions

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Program Specific Information

Along with the Ethnic Studies course there will be an optional 2-week Study Tour (at an additional cost).  The tour may vary each semester, but will involve hands-on learning along with the opportunity to explore other parts of China while learning about the different ethnicities and cultures of the other cities/regions of China. Examples of previous study tour stops include Xi'an, Chengdu, Lijiang, Dali and Kunming!

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Cultural excursions are led every other Saturday where participants will interact with other visiting and local students attending both Minzu University and Peking University.

Volunteer Activities

Maximize your study abroad experience by getting involved at your host university, joining a club, or volunteering in your community. 

Cultural Integration is an important part of your study abroad experience. There is no better way to learn more about the country, culture and people; make new friends; and become part of the community then to get involved and connected.


Enhance your Experience

Global Citizens Development Modules


The new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory, however we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication. 


Learn the Local Language!

Although English  is a common language in many of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad's program destinations, we recognize the need for basic communication in the host language. Therefore, all students will receive:   
  • Lonely Planet Guide & Phrase Book - For both language learning and culture/history/country specific inforamton you will receive a Lonely Planet Guide and Phase book before departure, which will allow you to start planning your adventures and learning how to communicate with locals.

  • Basic language practice during the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, semester/year programs students will have the opportunity to practice their language skills and learn a few new words through interaction with locals.


Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select ‘Courses/Subjects’ to view the specific course options.  If you have any questions about course availability, please contact

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.



Minzu University Fall 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$9,780.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $2,000 - $2,500 (twin-share)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Twin Share room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Fall 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 22, 2014
Start DateAugust 23, 2014
End DateDecember 19, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 22, 2014
Start DateAugust 23, 2014
End DateJune 5, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1December 20, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: October 1, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 13, 2015
Start DateJanuary 14, 2015
End DateApril 16, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Year - SpringApplication Deadline: October 1, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 13, 2015
Start DateJanuary 14, 2015
End DateDecember 1, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureAugust 22, 2015
Start DateAugust 23, 2015
End DateDecember 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureAugust 22, 2015
Start DateAugust 23, 2015
End DateApril 13, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a slightly lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.75

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Spencer Ellis
1-800-980-0033 x108

Program Assistant
Svetlana Peixotto

Resident Director
Aaron Clark

Resident Coordinator
Sun Li