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Education Abroad Office

University of Macau

Area: General Exchange
Location: Macao
Country: Macau
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

UofSC's exchange at the University of Macau is designed to allow students to have a immersive experience in Macau culture and customs. Macao is a peninsula located west of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. This location makes Macao a perfect base for exploring the region. Students can take ferry boats to Hong Kong or mainland China, as well as flights throughout the region. Macao's food, culture, religious traditions, and architecture are a blend of European and Chinese influences. The blend of culture, and history influences nearly every aspect of life in Macao. Since its handover to China, Macao's economy has grown by over 500%, making it one of the world's wealthiest cities. This is due to its highly developed tourism infrastructure that revolves around casinos, hotels, and resorts. In fact, Macao is often called "Las Vegas of the East" and boasts first-class food and high end casinos. On the flip side, visitors interested in heritage tourism can explore Macao's rich past, including cobbled streets, colonial churches, and traditional food.

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Macao compared to other countries in the world.

Students typically earn 12-15 credit hours per semester. A majority of the programs are taught in English. UM moved to a new campus to better fit its growing needs in 2014. It also supports research endeavors. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

This program does not offer organized excursions. Students do have the opportunity for individual travel. There are a number of theatres, libraries, and cultural sites around Macao. Recreational facilities, public beaches and pools are also available.

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.

Students have a choice of living in a Residential College (similar to a dormitory) or organizing their own housing arrangements off-campus. Residence College rooms will be double occupancy with a bathroom shared between four students, similar to the suite style arrangements on USC's campus. The housing fee includes 15 meals per week in the dining halls, Residential College activities, and workshops available to students.

The academic calendar at UMacau is similar to USC's. The fall semester at UMacau runs from August through mid-December. The spring semester runs from mid-January through mid-May. 

A week-long orientation will take place before the beginning of classes. During orientation week, students can attend a welcome dinner, guest lectures, a campus tour, and a day tour of the city with peer mentors. Students will also take photos for their student ID cards and be assisted with the registration process. 

Students will need to apply for an Entry Visa (Tourist Visa) to enter Macao, which can be done upon arrival to the border. Once you arrive on campus, UMacau staff will assist all students in obtaining a temporary resident permit. For more information see their website. Please note that any students who would like to enter mainland China will need to apply for a visa. This can be arranged after arrival.

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