University of Nottingham

Ningbo, China

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The University of Nottingham Ningbo China is situated on the outskirts of one of China’s fastest-growing and greenest cities. The university was established in 2004 as the first Sinoforeign university in mainland China. The university’s mission statement is "Academic Excellence in the Service of Global Citizenship". All undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Ningbo are conducted entirely in English with the same teaching and evaluation standards as the home University in the United Kingdom. The University is located in Ningbo Higher Education Park on a newly built and dedicated campus with a land area of 146 acres. It currently has over 4500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and more than 470 teaching and administrative staff from over 40 countries in the world.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Located in the middle of China's coast (2.5 hours by bus from Shanghai – a high-speed train opens in the summer of 2012), Ningbo is the cradle of the cultures in the Yangtze River Delta. The city’s history can be traced back to 4800 BC. At present Ningbo has a population of almost 7 million people and its sea port is listed among the top 10 deep-water transshipping ports in the world. Ningbo has a humid subtropical climate but it has four distinct seasons; average temperature in January is 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) and 82 degrees in July, so the weather is very similar to Gainesville. Since Ningbo has three rivers crossing the city it has been necessary to build many bridges to connect the different districts. Since the 1980’s 16 bridges have been built and there are currently 27 other bridges under construction. Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the second longest transoceanic bridge in the world (22 miles) and it connects the municipalities of Ningbo and Shanghai. Ningbo is steeped in history and visitors may visit ancient temples and pagodas. Visitors will also encounter breathtaking natural sites, such as the Zhaobao Mount Scenery Area, and the lakes of Donqian and Jiulong. Entertainment in Ningbo’s city center features Lao Waitan, the old foreign port on the river, with restaurants and bars, and Tianyi Square with modern shops and restaurants.

Student Life

Students will find the University of Nottingham Ningbo campus a welcoming and vibrant environment that offers lots of opportunities to students to get involved. The International Office coordinates a Welcome Program for visiting exchange students; many events, all offered completely free, are scheduled the week after registration to introduce the students to the university and its many resources. The campus has a wide range of sports facilities, including a 400-meter track, and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Visiting students may also join clubs for professional development, or just fun.

Term Dates

Semester One

September to December
Exams: December to January

Semester Two

February to May
Exams: May to June

Exams may be proctored at UF and approved on a case by case basis.

Courses Available

A wide array of courses are available in in the business disciplines. Please use the online UNNC Catalogue of Modules to reference the courses taught. Also, please consult the course equivalency database to find which courses taught at University of Nottingham – Ningbo would apply to the UF business degree.

Language of Instruction

All undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Ningbo are conducted entirely in English.

Grade Conversion
grade from
grade to
70 100 A
65 69 A-
60 64 B+
50 59 B
45 49 C+
40 44 C
38 39 D+
35 37 D
0 34 E
Credit Conversion
UNNC credit UF credit
10 3
20 6
Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at UNNC
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,700
Housing/Utilities $2,620 $1,300
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 $1,000
Books $540 $200
Transportation $270 $200
Visa --- $130
Total $9,765 $8,815


Students live in the International Student Residence Hall on campus with other students from around the world. All the single occupancy rooms are air-conditioned and fully furnished. Each room is equipped with a telephone, broadband connection, a TV set and a separate bathroom. There are kitchen facilities on each floor where students can share cooking skills with others. All kitchens are equipped with fridges, microwave ovens, electromagnetic cookers, electric cookers and dining facilities. The cost of renting a room in the international student residence hall is approximately 6000 RMB per semester ($1,000).


Yuan/RMB is the currency used in China.

Travel Opportunities

Ningbo has a modern airport with direct connections to all major cities in China, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The long-distance bus station has connections to all the major cities and towns in the area, and the city is connected to the national rail network. Ningbo itself has an extensive city bus system with stops at the University and good connections to major parts of the city.


For more information please call or email us.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
Phone: 352-273-0165

  • Email Joe Rojo (joe.rojo at
  • Email Lucy DiLeo (lucy.dileo at
  • Email Jason Ward (jason.ward at

Contacts Abroad

Partner Development
Mr. Kevin Lin
Director, UNNC International Office
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road
Ningbo, Zhejiang, China 315100
Tel: (+86) (0) 574 8818 0121
Fax: (+86) (0) 574 8818 0153
Email (kevin.lin at

Incoming Exchange Students
Mr. Patrick Ma
Tel: (+86) (0) 574 8818 0323 / 8818 0121
Fax: (+86) (0) 574 8818 0153
Email ( at