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Education Abroad Office

Renmin University of China

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Beijing
Country: China
Term: Spring

The UofSC exchange program at Renmin University of China is designed to expose students to Chinese life, culture, language, and business practices. UofSC students will study at Renmin University's School of Business, a program ranked #6 of all universities in greater China, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Renmin University School of Business has been recognized nationally for business administration, enterprise management, and industrial economics and accounting. Renmin School of Business holds EQUIS accreditation and has ties with leading global business schools, and welcomes over 300 international students each year.

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

While the cost of living in China is typically lower than in the US, Beijing is major world city, so students need to plan accordingly. Renmin estimates the following living expenditures for students, per month: on-campus housing (900-2700 RMB), food (1200 RMB), transportation (100 RMB), laundry (150 RMB).

Students typically earn 12-15 credit hours per semester, and most courses are worth 3 USC credits. Students will not formally register for classes until arrival at Renmin. Attendance at Renmin is an important component of the grading system, and students with two or more absences will not be allowed to take course final exams. In additional to business courses, Renmin offers one 3-credit Chinese course for beginners. 

Students should note that Renmin policy states that two or more absences results in an automatic failure of that course. Exam dates at Renmin are set in advance and cannot be changed. Students should be aware of exam dates when selecting courses.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Renmin offers a Buddy Program to provide exchange students with an opportunity to interact with locals. Each exchange student will be paired with a local student, who will help them navigate Renmin and Beijing. Renmin offers monthly activities for international students, such as community service opportunities and field trips. Exchange students have access to the Renmin Career Development Center to get help visiting local companies and to become familiar with the Chinese job market.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Renmin University offers on-campus accommodation for exchange students on a first-come,first-served basis. Students will submit their accommodation requests when submitting theirapplication materials, although due to limited space, not all students will receive their first preference. Students not assigned to on-campus housing can register with to obtain assistance locating independent housing.

The Renmin University School of Business academic calendar varies slightly each year. Typically, the fall semester starts in early September and ends in mid-January. Spring semester usually starts in early February (exact dates dependent upon Chinese New Year) and ends in July. UofSC IB students will attend Renmin during the spring semester. 

Renmin will host an "Orientation Week" which is five days of activities during the first week of each term. Orientation events will include course registration, campus tours, cultural lectures, and opportunities to meet local and international students.

Students who attend Renmin School of Business for a semester are required to obtain a Chinese visa prior to departure. Some students, depending on type of visa or length of study, may be required to obtain a Residence Permit upon arrival. More information on the visa process can be found here. Students cannot apply until receiving their official acceptance letter from Renmin University.

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