University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE
Ningbo University, China
Location: Ningbo City, Zhejian Province
Dates: Fall (mid-Sep - mid-Jan); Spring (late Feb/early Mar - late Jun/early Jul); Summer
Courses: Chinese Language & Culture; business (in English); additional courses in Mandarin
Accommodation: dormitory; hotels
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education
|Academic Coursework||Paying Your Program Fee|
|Estimated Cost of Participation||Flight & Program Schedule|
|Accommodation & Meals||Visas & Residence Permits|
|Pre- & Post-travel Class Dates||Orientation|
Ningbo University (NBU) has five campuses and is located in Ningbo city in Zhejiang Province, bordering the East China Sea. NBU is one of the top 100 universities in mainland
China and offers a wide range of disciplines: economics, law,
education, liberal arts, history, science, engineering,
agronomy, medicine and management. Established in
1986, it now has more than 25,000 undergraduate students, 4,000 graduate students and around 500
international students and is connected to 85 universities world wide.
Exchange students may study Chinese, may study in Chinese, or may take business courses in English. Exchange students enjoy modern campus life and enjoy student clubs such as Chinese Kongfu, Calligraphy, Painting or Traditional Instruments.
Host Institution Course Enrollment
At Ningbo University, exchange students who don't speak Mandarin may enroll in Chinese Language & Cultural Courses or in courses from the regular NBU curriculum, taught in English or in Chinese.
Chinese Language, Culture & Economy (semester program)
|Fall (1st year courses)
||Spring (1st year courses)
||Fall (2nd year courses)
Chinese Language, Culture & Business (summer)
Fluent Mandarin speakers may also choose courses in Chinese from the academic fields listed on this Ningbo University web page.
Course and Credit Transfer
When you study abroad/away on a program which does not grant UW Oshkosh credit, you may request that your courses be transfered to UW Oshkosh at the end of your program by soliciting prior approval for course and credit transfer. Transfer without prior approval IS NOT AUTOMATIC and IS NOT GUARANTEED.
Follow the instructions on theTransfer Credit Prior Approval formto have your courses pre-approved for transfer.
To Complete Your Course Transfer
Before you depart from abroad, you must request that your host institution send your transcripts directly to the Transfer Student Coordinator in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office. Do not send your transcript to the Office of International Education. The UW Oshkosh OIE cannot request transcripts on your behalf and you cannot receive credit at UW Oshkosh without the official transcript.
Transfer Student Coordinator
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
NOTE: When the Transfer Student Coordinator receives your transcipt, it will be matched to the Transfer Credit Prior Approval Form you completed during the application process for your program. If you did not take the courses you listed on your prior approval form, there is no guarantee that your courses will transfer. If you took courses which won't transfer, this will retroactively affect your full-time status as reported by UW Oshkosh and may affect your financial aid.
You should consider ordering a copy of your host institution transcripts for yourself if possible.
Study Abroad and Graduation
Students graduating at the end of a spring semester study abroad experience must choose a summer graduation date. Summer graduates may walk in the December graduation ceremony.
DPI Study Abroad Requirement for Foreign Language Teachers
College of Education & Human Services students planning to teach a foreign language after graduation must meet the DPI requirement for study abroad and must have a completed Certificate of Residency. For more information, visit the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Office on the third floor of Radford.
The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.
Full Estimated Cost of Participation:
$8,210 for Spring 2017
As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.
Students may request single or double occupancy rooms at the International Student Apartments on campus. Visit the Ningbo Univeristy website for photos of student housing.
Rooms include a bed (with linens), wardrobe, desk, chair, lamp, cable TV, bathroom with shower & toilet and air-conditioner. All rooms have access to high speed internet; students must purchase credit to use the internet.
Ningbo University campus hosts 10+ university cafeterias serving both Chinese and western food.
Exchange students may apply for a "Beverage Card" in the Food & Beverage
Service Center on campus. To qualify for the card, students must present their Admission Notice (the acceptance letter you will receive from Ningbo University). The card is
rechargeable and must be used at most campus food venues. Only a few cafeterias accept cash.
Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!
Inability or failure to attend class prior to or following your program abroad may affect your ability to participate, course grades and/or ability to receive and use financial aid.
- There are no pre-/post-travel class dates for this program.
Before You Apply
- Write the deadline for completing the On-line Study Abroad Orientation - AND the date on which you must attend your Program-specific Orientation - in your calendar. Failure to complete orientation will affect your ability to participate.
- Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
- Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.
Seats are assigned based on eligibility criteria provided applicants meet the application deadlines.
This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.
If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.
Fall Semester Programs
STEPS I & II: last Friday in February by NOON
STEP III: 1st Friday of March by NOON
Spring Semester Programs
STEPS I & II: Friday September 30th, 2016 by NOON
STEP III: Friday October 6th, 2016 by NOON
Application STEPs & Application Checklist
Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.
|Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.
**Be aware that the application will time out without warning! Save often, and if you answering the longer questions we recommend typing them into a Word document and pasting them in to the online application.
Refer to the Orientation section for orientation dates.
|Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.|
|Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
( $200 for in-state residents and $300 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
|Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript
Highlight course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.
To print your transcripts, EITHER copy and paste your transcript from TitanWeb into Word and print OR follow these instructions:
1) Open your transcript in TitanWeb using Internet Explorer.
2) Highlight all of the information in your transcript.
3) Go to "print preview"
4) Click on "as selected on screen"
5) Change the orientation to "landscape"
|Credit Overload Form
Complete ONLY IF you will exceed 21 credits for the semester (9 for summer). Submit this form to the OIE with your other materials.
|Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
|Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
|Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF you are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
|OPTIONAL:||Click here to apply for the State of Wisconsin Travel Grant!|
|Review, sign and submit the
Fall 2017 Full Cost of Participation worksheet
Spring 2017 Full Cost of Participation worksheet.
|Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!|
|Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.
If you already have a passport, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.
If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.
Click here for passport forms and instructions.
|Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.
If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application. DO NOT GUESS!
If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license. DO NOT GUESS!
Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it. If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
Step IV (post-application deadline)
Photocopy of your Passport
You must turn in a COPY of your signed passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in the foreign country (for short-term programs) or valid past the end date for your program abroad (long-term programs). The copy should only include the following two pages: the page with your photo on it and the page with your signature on it (the signature page is just above the page with your photo).
|Apply for a visa
Begin your visa application immediately following acceptance BY NBU (wait for your official acceptance letter from NBU!) into your program.
TYPE your answers on the Visa Application Form (click on "forms for download"); the Chinese consulate WILL NOT ACCEPT HAND WRITTEN FORMS. Review the Sample Visa Application Form BEFORE completing your visa application. The Sample contains typical answers to questions and notes on how to complete the application.
Read the visa application requirements (click on "visa") for a Student (X1 or X2 depending on your length of stay in China) visa and gather documents as outlined on the Consulate's website.
Ningbo University will send your "Admission Notice" and "Visa Application for Study in China (Form JW201 or JW202)" after they have made an admission decision. Both forms are very important documents. They will be used FIRST to apply for a student visa and SECOND to fix any visa issues you may have once in China. You must keep the original of both documents and bring both to China with you.
As soon as both documents arrive, add these to your visa application and submit your application to the consulate according to the instructions on the consulate's website.
Using financial aid to cover some or all of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.
Fall Semester Programs
- First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of April.
- Final Payment is due the last Friday of July.
- Tuition payment deadline is the same as the normal university tuition payment deadline for this term.
Spring Semester Programs
- First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of October.
- Final Payment is due the first Friday of December.
- Tuition payment deadline is the same as the normal university tuition payment deadline for this term.
First Program Fee Payment
Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!
The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.
Second Program Fee Payment
You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.
If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.
For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).
For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.
Payment by Cash or Check
All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).
Payment by Credit Card or E-check
Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb http://www.uwosh.edu/tw/. E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.
Payment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan
Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.
For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.
Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees. This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.
Mode of transportation: participants find their own way to the U.S. departure airport
Carry approximately CNY1,275 (about US$200) in cash to cover transportation fees to NBU from the international airport and living costs for the first few days.
Participants arrange and pay for airline tickets on their own. DO NOT purchase these until you have been officially accepted into the program by the HOST university. Information on finding and booking airline tickets is available elsewhere in this guide.
Review the web site/s of your arrival airport and print any information/maps available to you; carry these with you when you travel. Pre-plan your route from your arrival terminal to the bus stop, train station or other form of transportation you'll use to get to your program site.
- Beijing Capital International Airport
- Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
- Ningbo Lishe International Airport (in Chinese only)
Seasoned travelers may want to travel to Shanghai and then take a train to Ningbo. All others should fly through Beijing or Shanghai to Ningbo Lishe International Airport.
NUB is about 40 kilometers from the Ningbo Lishe International Airport. NBU recommends that travelers take a taxi from the airport to NBU student housing. Refer to the "NBU University Guide for International Students" for directions IN CHINESE. Print these directions and hand these to the taxi driver. IF YOU DON'T BRING THESE DIRECTIONS WITH YOU, YOUR TAXI DRIVER WILL NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE YOU!
NUB's Academic Calendar is structured into two semesters:
- Winter (mid-December - mid-January)
- Spring (early March - mid-June)
Students from UW Oshkosh must arrive on the date specified in their NBU "Admission Notice" (acceptance letter). This date will be before the actual semester begins and will allow you to arrive in time for NBU's mandatory in-country orientation.
Students may not arrive prior to or after the specified date because this can cause problems with the visa when reigstering upon arrival in China.
Once in China, your student visa will not allow you to exit China and then re-enter. Your student visa is good for ONE ENTRANCE ONLY. Don't plan a vacation or weekend in Korea or elsewhere until you have a "Residence Permit", because, without this permit, you won't be able to get back in to China!
A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that makes it possible for the bearer to visit that foreign country. U.S. citizens and citizens from many other countries must apply for a visa prior to traveling to your host country.
Instructions related to the visa application are in the "STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION" section of this guide.
You will apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days of arrival in China. To apply, you must have a "physical examination report" and a "blood test report" issued by the Inspection and Quarantine Authority. Staff in the Foreign Student Affairs Office (FSAO) at NBU will have more information.
A student holding a Residence Permit may leave and re-enter China up until the Residence Permit expiration date without applying for a new visa. However, you must carry your Residence Permit with you when you travel!
Proof of Legal Entry & Stay
Foreigners are required to provide proof of legal entry and stay to authorities upon request. This means that as a foreigner, you will be required to carry the document/s listed below at all times. Check the Entry/Exit Requirements section of theU.S. State Department's Country-specific Informationfor your destination for details.
Chinese law requires that you carry an unexpired U.S. passport and either your Chinese visa (this is in your passport) or residence permit (this is for semester/year abroad students) at all times. Chinese authorities will not accept a photocopy of your passport or your residence permit. Additionally, Chinese authorities are entitled to carry out random checks for these documents. If you are not in compliance, you will be subject to fines, detention, and/or deportation. Do NOT carry your documents in a purse or pocket. You should carry these documents securely, for example, in a money belt.
See our new "Insurance" page for details.
In a life and death emergency ABROAD
U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.
To reach your student directly
If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F)
Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor - email@example.com
Emily Hoffmann: Hessen & NSE Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Reinke: Program Manager - email@example.com
Sarah Christensen : International Student Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours
University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216
To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.
To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.
Your orientation consists of:
- required reading materials
- required on-line presentation
- orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
- optional in-person Q&A
- in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)
The orientation deadline for fall interim & spring semester programs is the 1st Friday in November. The on-line orientation deadline for spring interim, summer and fall semester programs is the 2nd Friday in April.
- Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
- Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY A FAMILY MEMBER COMPLETE THE ON-LINE ORIENTATION FOR YOU.
In Person Q & A - OPTIONAL
The date below is what you will enter in the "Orientation" section of your online application!
Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-person Q & A session on:
- Fall Interim & Spring Semester programs: Sat, 11/5/16, 9:00am-1:00pm, Location TBA
- Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Sat, 4/8/17, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA
Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.
Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.
- Time Zone: China Coast
- Highlighted version of the CDC for China (updated on 8/15/16).
- CISI Health Insurance Policy
- CISI Security Evacuation Policy
- U.S. State Department Country-specific Information
- Up-to-date Country-specific Information for China, including links to other Department of State-generated advisories.
- Highlighted Country-specific information for China (updated on 8/15/2016)
- U.S. State Department Special Warning About Drug Offenses Abroad
- U.S. State Department Worldwide Caution
- Transportation Security Administration Prohibited & Permitted Items
- Transportation Security Administration 311 Rules
- Carry-on, Checked and Excess Baggage Restrictions: Refer to the website of the airline on which you ultimately book your ticket.
- Packing List
- Emergency Communication Form
- Withdrawal & Refund Policy; Uniform Statements of Responsibility
Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.
To access the on-line orientation
- Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
- Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
- Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
- Choose your program.
Orientation Quiz - REQUIRED
Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.
All participants are required to complete the in-person program-specific orientation. This orientation covers topics not already covered in the on-line orientation and focuses on topics about which participants will have questions and will need clarification.
Participants who do not complete in-person program-specific orientation will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
Your in-person program-specific orientation will be held onMandatory Site Specific Orientation - the date and time will be coordinated with all accepted students (Dempsey 202).
This page was last updated on: September 19, 2016