Changchun, China (Outgoing Program)
Changchun is the capital city of Jilin province and lies to the north-east of Beijing. It has a population of some 7.5 million. The city is an important transport and communications hub for north east China. Its principal industries are foodstuffs, photo-electronic information, biosciences, and car-making—Changchun is home to China’s largest automobile research and development center. The city is compact, with broad avenues, public squares, and China’s first light rail system. Culturally, Changchun is one of the main producers of Chinese movies, and hosts an annual film festival. The city has a humid, continental climate with long, cold, dry winters and humid summers. If you’re into winter sports, Changchun is a great place for skiing and snowboarding. It’s also well-connected by road, rail, and air to Harbin, Dalian, Beijing, South Korea, and Hong Kong.
Students who are not fluent in Chinese will be enrolled in the intensive Mandarin program at Jilin. During the semester you will take classes in Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Students usually return with 12-16 credits in Mandarin language studies. For students who are fluent in Mandarin, you will be able to enroll in regular University classes. Course information for regular university courses can be found on the Jilin University website.
You will not officially register for your courses until you arrive at Jilin, so please plan to be flexible about course cancellations, changes, or time conflicts. You will be able to contact your academic advisors at your home university when you arrive in China, so you can ask questions and receive advising about courses at that point as well.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Jilin University and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take the equivalent of at least 12 Rutgers credits each semester. The credit translation system between Jilin and Rutgers University is 1:1 except for the 2 credit offerings at Jilin, which will come back as 1.5 RU credits. Most students take a 6 credit reading course, a 3 credit reading course, a 3 credit oral chinese course, and a 1.5 credit writing course. Some students take one or two additional Chinese language elective courses while at Jilin. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late August – Mid-January
Spring Semester: Late February – Mid-July
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Jilin University provides on-campus housing for exchange students. There are two dormitory buildings for international students. All rooms are double occupancy, with shared bathrooms, and do not include air conditioning. Students will have access to shared kitchen facilities and the dormitory does have internet access.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship - Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. More information can be found on the Rutgers China Office website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.