Introducing BNU-HKBU United International College: Liberal Arts Education in China

Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) is an exceptional international liberal arts college located in Zhuhai, southern China. What makes UIC a standout university for international students? Let’s get to know the university!


Located in the “Garden City”

Zhuhai, aka the “Garden City,” stands out like a green gem in the landscape of southern China. Famous for its natural beauty, the city boasts diverse scenery like forests, mountains, lakes, golf courses, and hot springs. 

Zhuhai is also connected to Hong Kong and Macao by bridge and linked economically as part of the Greater Bay Area economic zone. The city maintains its ecologically diverse natural landscape and is a regional leader in science, education, transportation, and tourism. 

Beautiful and modern campus

United International College’s stunning campus is just as beautiful as the city it’s in! The campus is located next to the ancient Huitong Village, surrounded not only by history and nature, but also by coffee shops, restaurants, and other shopping opportunities. Explore the stunning campus through this aerial view of the school grounds:

Facilities on campus are modern and designed for student success:

  • The Learning Resource Center for accessing books and a wide collection of online databases for research and study
  • Laboratories for food science, biology, computer science, and the latest in digital imaging and 3D printing technology

Students can take advantage of the fresh air and warm climate to exercise in Huitong Sports Park, a huge complex favored by UIC students for its many sports facilities to play tennis, basketball, football, or run. Athletes exercise in a peaceful, clean environment surrounded by Zhuhai’s stunning mountain ranges and forests.

In the dormitories, International and Chinese students share a room together. All rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, internet access, and air conditioning. Each floor has a pantry, kitchenette, and common lounge, and dorms have laundry facilities, study room, and a multi-purpose room

Dozens of other campus activities allow students outlets to explore their hobbies and Chinese culture. Combining the best of international and Chinese culture, students can broaden their interests, develop their passions, and discover new talents. 

Academic Excellence and Diverse Student Body

Students at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College are among the world’s best. Ambitious, hardworking, and creative, UIC alumni go on to excellent careers in their chosen field and some have even been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30. More than 72% of the graduates from the Class of 2020 chose postgraduate studies home and abroad, 74.4% of which were admitted to the world’s top 100 universities. Faculty and students come from at least 30 countries and regions. UIC has partnerships with 61 international partner institutions, so there are plenty of global study abroad opportunities for students.

Graduating students earn a graduation certificate from United International College and a degree from HKBU. Earning certifications from two prestigious institutions expands the horizons of graduates’ alumni networks, career options, and future academic plans. UIC graduates have an excellent reputation among Chinese employers, not to mention an alumni network of 10,000 strong!

Because UIC has a global focus as well as students all around the world, the university is committed to creating a good atmosphere for international students through its unique hybrid-flexible or “HyFlex” approach: an instructional approach that combines face-to-face (F2F) and online learning. Students can decide which class format–in person, online synchronous, or online asynchronous–works the best for them. 

Available Scholarships at United International College

International students have a chance to earn scholarships based on their academic merit. Scholarships include:

  • Full Scholarship of 100% Tuition Fee
  • Partial Scholarship of 30% Tuition Fee
  • Government Scholarship of 10,000 RMB

There are limited scholarships in all three categories, and admissions are rolling (aka first-come, first-serve), so students who apply early will have a greater chance of qualifying for one of the limited scholarships.

To qualify for scholarships you, need to have excellent grades. For the Full Scholarship, your grades should be A/A+ level (90% or above). For Partial scholarship, your grades should be a B level (80% or above).

Unique Liberal Arts Education in China

Liberal Arts education is no longer limited to just US universities. United International College pioneers a unique liberal arts curriculum in China by tapping into traditional Chinese and Western cultural resources. 

A liberal arts education focuses on the development of the “whole person,” teaching healthy learning attitudes, curiosity and critical thinking, and a lifelong desire to learn in addition to the requirements of your major! At UIC, professors foster open-minded, well-rounded talents, enabling students to dig into their academic field of expertise with an interdisciplinary approach. 

In UIC’s liberal arts curriculum, you will be able to:

  • Explore knowledge outside of your immediate major
  • Develop creativity and critical thinking in all aspects of academia
  • Creatively design and take initiative in your own learning path through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Obtain personal support from healthy student-teacher interaction and mentorship

By combining world-class liberal arts education with Chinese resources and educational excellence, UIC students will be able to develop both personally and professionally to prepare for a strong and successful career. 

Is UIC Open for 2024 Intake Applicants?

Since 8th January 2023 the Chinese border is opening, there is no longer any quarantine for students entering China. Applications are open for full-time international degree students to apply to Chinese student X1 visas. They do not offer online courses, only in-person and on-campus, so please make sure you are eligible for a Chinese X1 visa before applying to UIC!

Also, you should be in good health, have no criminal record, and have a valid passport.

Learn more about UIC

Learn more about the programs and apply to United International College (UIC) through the links below. Or book a free call with us here.

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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