7 Reasons to Study at UIC, According to Students

With a truly international and multicultural environment, top-quality education from experienced professors, and a supportive community, UIC offers an unparalleled academic and cultural study abroad experience. Outside of the classroom, UIC’s location in Zhuhai, a city in Guangdong province in southern China, is the perfect base for travel opportunities in the region and throughout China. 

But don’t take our word for it. Hear directly from the students. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular aspects of UIC that students are talking about and what they’re saying. 

1. Students from all over the world 

Located in the beautiful and historic city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, United International College (UIC) provides a unique environment where students can study in English while being immersed in a multicultural community.

  • There are over 7,000 students from over 80 different countries
  • International students make up about 20% of UIC’s student body.

Here are some of the benefits of studying within a multicultural environment:

  • Expose yourself to different perspectives, leading to a broadened worldview and training of critical thinking skills. 
  • Language learning opportunities, which can be useful academically, professionally and even personally. 
  • Gain increased cultural awareness when interacting with people from around the world. This can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of customs, traditions, and beliefs which are different from yours. 
  • Networking opportunities allow you to build connections with people from around the world, which could be very useful in your future careers (or travels!). 
  • You can foster your personal growth by stepping outside of your comfort zone and interacting with people who differ from you and those you grew up with.
What students are saying:
  • “Studying at UIC has helped me cultivate an international perspective, giving me exposure to the modern world and wholistic, relevant education through well-developed courses and capable staff from all over China and the world, including a lovely and caring international development!” Arizton Po En Pamplona

2. High-quality professors from top universities

Striving to deliver a high quality of education, UIC employs the best professors to enable students to succeed in their academics and future careers.

  • UIC ranks within the top universities in China for its high quality of staff.
  • Faculty members come from over 30 countries and regions.
  • They are well-experienced and highly qualified in their respective fields, with nearly 90% holding a Doctoral degree.
  • Many of them have graduated from the world’s top universities such as Harvard University, Imperial College, Cambridge University, Stanford University, and University of Chicago. 
  • Students also have access to the latest academic resources and teaching methods.

READ MORE: Your Gateway to Global Success: Introduction to UIC’s Undergraduate Programs

What students are saying:
  • “The UIC teachers are always available to help and classes were interesting.” Manon Mistre
  • “Environment in UIC helps me to focus on studying. I can easily ask questions to teachers and TA which helps me keep having interest on courses.” Si Won Lee
  • “I enjoyed several of my classes and met faculty and students from around the globe. UIC has really given me a unique perspective and, as a foreigner studying in China, has opened my eyes to the numerous possibilities that an opportunity such as this presents.” Alea Gardner

3. Campus life, activities, community, and sports

From sports like basketball, badminton, and table tennis to unique activities like taichi and meditation, there is something for everyone at UIC.

The campus is also home to a number of student clubs, including academic clubs, interest-based clubs, and cultural clubs, providing opportunities for students to explore their passions and build connections with like-minded individuals.

The university also hosts various events throughout the year, such as the annual cultural festival, which showcases the diversity of the student body and promotes cross-cultural exchange.

What students are saying:
  • “What I like about UIC is the WPE course. I took the course called Emotional Intelligence where I got to learn Taichi, meditation and how to be in control of my emotion. It is different from a normal PE course that I have had before as the main focus of this course is your state of mind. Tachi is also very fun and interesting as I have only heard about Tachi in the Chinese textbook. Another memorable experience for me is the UICC club. I joined this club at the beginning of the term and we went out to a small school in Tangjia area to teach children English. I have always wanted to be a teacher so this experience was so amazing.” — Pimpisut Sripavatakul
  • “Being in UIC has been one of the most memorable times in my life. I had the opportunity to join in a lot of activities and clubs on campus like the tug-of-war competition and the rugby team. I was able to experience many new things in college that I didn’t do back at my school. Here is where I met many of my close friends and built relationships that will last longer than my time in UIC. I’m happy that I made the decision to come to UIC and wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else.” — Tony Dinh
  • “UIC is a place full of great opportunities. With a diverse staff and plenty more diverse activities to partake in. Here at UIC there’s more than just classes and lectures, there’s a welcoming environment where there’s a chance to grow as a person every day.” — Celeste Nevid

4. Supportive environment

UIC is committed to creating a supportive environment for international students who face the challenge of adapting to a new culture. Students can expect to find a warm and welcoming environment that fosters growth and learning, with friendly peers and helpful staff to help them at all times. The university has a range of resources to provide both academic and personal assistance to students, including academic advising, counseling services and one of the largest libraries in the region. 

What students are saying:
  • “Overall my experience at UIC was warm and welcoming. The students were more than helpful to help me assimilate into the new culture, as were the staff and professors. The facilities and shops on campus were convenient. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the UIC community and will miss it immensely!” — Catherine Bergeron
  • “UIC is a great place to be a student because it makes me feel included and welcomed right away. Not only are the staff and faculty very helpful, the students are friendly to a new face like mine. I also have great opportunities to explore new ideas and practice old hobbies and skills with the resources at UIC. It is awesome to have UIC to support and guide me at this important time of my life.” —Shen Perry

5. State-of-the-art facilities and modern campus

Located in the coastal city of Zhuhai, UIC’s vast campus has a full range of studying and living facilities designed with students in mind.

  • The study facilities at UIC campus include a University Hall, learning resource center, cultural creativity clusters, and teaching buildings.
  • The residential area includes student dorms, a sports complex, a sports park, well-equipped research laboratories, a staff and student activities center and a performance theater.
  • Designed in harmony with the natural topography, the campus features a greenbelt running along it that connects the university with the surrounding environment.
  • All the lanes and alleyways on the campus are connected to a main student street, allowing everything to be easily accessible within the campus.
  • The maximum walking time between any two buildings is ten minutes.
  • Eco-friendly buildings and sustainable initiatives have also been considered. For example, an innovative green roof garden spanning over 2,000 square meters is located on top of the library building, where students can relax amidst a range of native plants, flowers, and vegetables.

Read More: Explore UIC’s Campus in Stunning Zhuhai, China

What students are saying:
  • “Being in UIC has been one of the most memorable times in my life. I had the opportunity to join in a lot of activities and clubs on campus like the tug-of-war competition and the rugby team. I was able to experience many new things in college that I didn’t do back at my school. Here is where I met many of my close friends and built relationships that will last longer than my time in UIC. I’m happy that I made the decision to come to UIC and wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else.” — Tony DINH
  • “Besides friends, what keeps me here is the outstanding campus.  I really appreciate all the people who work hard to keep this place clean and running everyday with this many college students.  The facilities all look very nice, computers and screens, air conditioning and nice furniture in every room is a big plus.  The food at Greenwood (Da Jia Le), the OK and Narnia all really make it a livable place.  The dorms are conveniently close to the food and shopping places and I like whoever designed that.” — Ruthie Stein

6. Travel opportunities in the region and throughout China

For someone based at UIC, there are many opportunities to travel throughout the region and explore China.

  • Domestic travel offers you a chance to witness the country’s natural beauty and to broaden your understanding of Chinese culture and society.
  • UIC offers study tours to various parts of China, including Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, where students can immerse themselves in local culture, history, and traditions.
  • You can also take advantage of short-term international study programs in partnership with universities in the US, Europe, and Asia.
What students are saying:
  • Before I come to china, I was worried about many things such as safety, language, cultural difference, foods and so on. However, now, at the end of semester, I realized that that worries were just worries. I really enjoyed life in China and UIC. During the semester, I tried hard to go travel around China as many as possible. So I have been many places in China; Macau, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Shenzhen and of course Zhuhai! I experienced Chinese culture and tried many delicious foods.” Kim Dahee
  • “The last month and a half has been wonderful. I had the opportunity to travel in China, eat a lot of good food and make new friends. Studying aboard at UIC is one of the best part of my college career.” — Ly Huynh Tieu Anh 

7. Career opportunities

At UIC, students not only receive a quality education, but also benefit from excellent career opportunities to help students transition into their desired career path. UI”C Career Development Center (CDC) provides resources such as career counseling, job search support, networking opportunities, and internship programs.

UIC alumni have found success in a variety of fields, including finance, technology, and education, among others. The alumni network provides a valuable resource for current students looking to connect with professionals in their field of interest. 

What students are saying:
  • “When I first arrived in China, my roommate greeted me at the Zhuhai Port with a giant hug. I was excited to finally meet her, and also pleased to meet fellow international students upon arrival. While I experienced initial culture shock, I eventually adjusted to student life in China. As a student of international relations, I gained cross-cultural perspectives and collaborations in my courses. Through being immersed in the Chinese language and culture, I improved my Chinese language skills and increased my understanding of Chinese society. I also traveled within China and Asia, which enabled me to witness the vast diversities in each place in regards to food, language, and political systems. Overall, interacting with global citizens at UIC prepared me to contribute unique insights on China in graduate school and my future career.” — Megan Marie Prangle

From the experienced faculty to the supportive environment, vibrant campus life, and career opportunities, UIC is an excellent choice of institution to pursue your higher education in preparation for your future careers. The diverse student body and range of activities, clubs, and sports provide a sense of community that fosters personal and academic growth. The opportunities to explore China and the broader region adds depth to your understanding of Chinese culture and society.  

To become a part of this dynamic and inclusive community, browse and apply for a program at UIC on our platform.

Kay is a marketing assistant at China Admissions. A "third-culture kid" based in Thailand, she has had lifelong exposure to international communities and has worked with top global brands. Having studied abroad herself, she encourages young minds to invest in their self-development and foster an appreciation for new countries and cultures.
Kay Marlowe

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