International Student Activities at United International College (UIC)

United International College (UIC) is not just a place for academic excellence; it also offers a vibrant and engaging campus life that provides a warm welcome to international students. Throughout the academic year, the International Development Office (IDO) hosts a variety of events and activities for students from abroad to help them gain memorable experiences beyond the classroom and a sense of belongingness in the community.

Keep reading to learn about some of the activities and field trips which international students can enjoy, along with a glimpse into some of the past events that took place at UIC. 

About UIC

Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) was jointly founded by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. It is the first university jointly established by the higher education sectors of mainland China and Hong Kong, and has been specially approved by the Ministry of Education of China. Since its establishment in November 2005, UIC has rapidly developed into an international university with a unique educational philosophy. UIC implements four years of English-taught programmes, and the students are awarded the UIC diploma and the Hong Kong Baptist University bachelor’s degree certificate, which are recognized in China, Hong Kong and internationally. 

Campus Life 

As an international student at UIC, there are always a variety of clubs, classes, activities and trips to suit different interests. Here are some examples of what you can enjoy.

On Campus Activities

  • Calligraphy
  • Dragon and Lion Dance
  • Taiji Quan
  • Gongfu
  • Experimental Development Programme (Team building)
  • Chinese Traditional Music Instrument performance

Off Campus Activities

  • Environmental program
  • Volunteer program
  • Factory visits
  • Visits to destinations related to your theme

Field Trips 

In recent years, UIC has taken students to Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhongshan, Shantou, Foshan, Shanghai and Beijing. The purpose of these field trips is to gain first-hand experience of these cities.

  • Zhuhai: One Day Trip
  • Zhongshan: Sun Yet-set Museum and Sanxiang clothes and shoes factory outlets visit
  • Two Days Weekend Trips: Over night stay in city within Guangdong Province. For example: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, and Shantou.
  • Approximately One Week Trips to Cities all Around China.

Past Events 

Halloween Party 

UIC’s International Development Office (IDO) and International Student Club organized a vibrant Halloween party at the International Common Room, bringing together international students and their friends for a night of festive celebrations. The event featured costumes, games, and an abundance of candies from both Chinese and Western traditions. The students participated in activities such as a sour candy eating competition and a costume contest, showcasing their creativity and enthusiasm. It was a memorable experience for many, including those who celebrated Halloween for the first time. The party provided a fun-filled break from studying, allowing students to connect with one another and create lasting memories.

Winter Holiday Celebration

The International Development Office (IDO) at UIC organized a post-finals holiday celebration on December 28 for international students, their friends, and other UIC departments that support their study abroad experiences. The event served as a festive gathering to celebrate the holiday season and the completion of final exams. 

IDO provided an assortment of food and snacks, accompanied by cheerful Christmas decorations and holiday music. One of the highlights of the evening was a classic “White Elephant” Christmas gift exchange game, adding an element of fun and surprise. The party also offered an opportunity for international students who were completing their studies at UIC to bid farewell and reflect on their experiences. The event was attended by UIC faculty members, foreign interns, and representatives from various UIC departments, demonstrating the support and appreciation for international students. 

Visit to Zhuhai’s New Summer Palace

The International Student Club embarked on a visit to Zhuhai’s New Summer Palace for a glimpse into royal life in Southern China. The palace, a reconstruction of the Qing Dynasty’s original masterpiece features replica buildings adorned with colorful paintwork, set amidst maintained gardens with a backdrop of surrounding mountains. The excursion included cultural performances featuring traditional songs and dances. To add to the fun, the palace complex offered modern attractions such as a small amusement park, where students engaged in activities like target shooting and exploring a haunted house. This experience fostered connections among international students, their roommates, and Chinese students, many of whom had also pursued studies abroad.

Multicultural Easter Feast

International students at UIC came together to celebrate Easter with a potluck meal, where they spent the afternoon cooking and sharing a variety of foods at UIC’s food labs. Rather than focusing solely on Easter foods, students were encouraged to share meals and traditions from their own countries, giving the event a truly international flavour. Students cooked dishes from their own countries, such as:

  • American-style Blueberry pancakes
  • French crepes filled with chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Thai style noodles with spicy pepper sauce 
  • Traditional Venezuelan Arepas
  • Korean kimchi fried rice and beef bulgogi

The event not only offered a taste of home for international students but also fostered cultural and social exchange among participants. The culinary exchange allowed them to experience new flavours and bond over food. By celebrating holidays together, UIC aims to create lasting connections between international and Chinese students, making them feel like one big family.

Learn More 

If you are looking to apply to study in the upcoming year, we recommend getting started on your application as soon as possible. Browse UIC’s programs on our platform or learn more about the university with these articles below. 

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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.
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