The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by The University of Nottingham with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

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🏫About University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)

We offer degree programmes from The University of Nottingham, taught in English, which are subject to the same quality assurance processes as in the UK.

The University of Nottingham is in the top one percent of more than 7,500 higher education institutions worldwide and league tables consistently rank the University highly.

With campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, Nottingham is a world-class university with a truly global perspective.

About Ningbo

Ningbo is located in Zhejiang province on the south shore of Hangzhou Bay, opposite Shanghai. 7,000 years old, populated with more than six million people and covering more than 1,000 square kilometres, Ningbo is a rapidly growing city. Ranked in the top ten of cities for business in China by Forbes, it is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment.

Due to Ningbo’s eventful and lengthy past, it was ranked in 1986 as a famous historic and cultural city by the People’s Republic of China.

Ningbo has a number of shopping malls and areas which have a variety of international chains and high street fashion outlets. Wanda Plaza, Tianyi Square and New Oriental Plaza are popular destinations to come across the likes of Zara, H & M, Marks & Spencer, Levis, UniQlo and many fashionable Chinese outlets.

Alongside a number of international restaurants, Ningbo possesses an array of outlets serving a wide variety of Chinese food from different regions, with Ningbonese a typical speciality. Chinese food is not all spicy so don’t worry if you’re not a fan of chilies, there are plenty of options.

Coffee has grown to become very popular in China and with this, has come the rise of coffee shops. Coffee shops can be found on most streets in Ningbo with Starbucks and Costa Coffee among the most popular. Trendy outlets such as ‘Sugar Plate’ often offer free wi-fi and a nice atmosphere to stop and have a relaxing break.

Many international-styled pubs and bars reside in an area called Laowaitan, Ningbo’s ‘Old Bund’. Laowaitan is an area of Ningbo situated next to the river, offering international cafes, restaurants and bars. The cobbled streets are frequently occupied by students and Ningbo’s expat community.

The great number of lakes in Ningbo provide ample opportunity to take out boats, whether it be a pedalo or your own canoe. There are also designated cycling tracks in scenic spots such as Dongqian Lake.

Welcome Programme

The welcome programme, which takes place in the week after registration, combines practical events and social activities. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet new friends from across the world, as well as members of staff.

You’ll also have the opportunity to settle into your new surroundings whilst completing some useful tasks such as opening a bank account.

The Vis-a-Vis Programme runs alongside the welcome programme as well as through the academic year, providing monthly events for first-year students. Set up as a ‘buddy’ system, new students are matched with continuing students in order to help them settle in and develop a good social and supportive network.

You will find our campus vibrant and welcoming, with lots of opportunities to get involved in events and activities that interest you.

Living in University

With more than 40 clubs and societies there’s something for everyone to get involved with.

Some of the clubs and societies are listed below:

Arts societies

My Channel

My Channel is a TV-focused organisation. Visual programmes are produced in co-operation with other societies, or, independently. Here you can achieve your goal of developing your media skills. At the same time, you will be able to produce video material that preserves your memories of your time at the University.

DV Mania

Dedicated to the art of creating original movies, the society has shot seven films, including: “Every love has a secret”;,“Exchange” and “Perfect crime”. Films were shown at the Art festival and have proved popular among students and staff. The society has held a short film competition, with winning works being shown to a wide audience of students.

Calligraphy and Chinese Painting

The Society of Calligraphy and Chinese Painting is not only a society where students can learn and share calligraphy and painting skills, but also a bridge between Chinese students and international friends. Regular activity is held once every week or two. and professional calligraphy and painting experts are often invited.

Academic and career based societies


AIESEC has 60 years of experience in developing high-potential youth into globally minded responsible leaders. Present in over 107 countries and territories, 1,700 top universities and with over 45,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation. Focused on providing an international platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. AIESEC is run by young people for young people.

The Financial Planning Association (FPA)

founded in 2007, this associations emphasises the academic and personal development of its members. FPA demystifies financial concepts and helps students improve their financial acumen whilst tracking international financial developments. The organisation holds competitions, seminars and invites top lecturers to speak about finance, accounting and other financial topics.

HiAll Club

HiAll Club is also known as “UNNC HiAll Career Development Club” (HC). HC aims to help students with their future career plans through skills development and various work-related projects.The club also helps to organise a number of annual competitions.

Sports societies

We have a range of sports facilities on campus that are open to all students.

Badminton Club

Badminton is one of the most popular sporting activities because it combines entertainment with competition. We plan even more competitions for the year ahead. We firmly believe that you, the freshmen, will make our club more exciting. Grab your badminton racquet and come join us now.

Basketball Club

Over the past few years, the Basketball Club has successfully hosted mens’ and womens’ five and three a-side games. There are often tournaments and competitions for students to participate in.

Billiards Society

Billiards Society is a popular club among students. The society runs a variety of activities, including a teaching program, UNNC Billiards Championship Competition, Ningbo University Billiards Invited Competition, and an annual Sports Festival.

Tri Campus Games

Unique within higher education, the Tri-Campus Games is an event which students from each of the three Nottingham Campuses – UK, China and Malaysia – compete against each other in several sports.
The event involves nearly 200 students from over 20 different nations competing in three international campus based teams.

The Games offer a genuine opportunity for sporting and educational exchange in the friendly spirit of competition. A cultural programme of visits and events also runs alongside the Games.

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🏠 Accommodation

The University has several buildings designated for international students, building 11, 18 and 20. All rooms are fully furnished and equipped with air conditioning and a telephone and computer point; enabling students to make and receive telephone calls and access the University’s data network from their bedrooms.

  • You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.
  • You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.
  • We have an article about how to find accommodation off campus here.
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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

200 RMB

Tuition fee:

110,000 CNY per year

440,000 CNY in total

Insurance is 800 CNY.

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 55.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied in English at high school or a degree
- Have passed IELTS level 6.5 or TOEFL 95 or above.

Minimum education level: High School.

The program is quite competitive, you need to have a high grades of Average B, 60%, or a high GPA.

All student except from Nigeria are eligible to apply to this program

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📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Declaration Letter for No History of Drug Abuse - UNNC
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Your Photograph
  • Personal Statement Letter or Study Plan
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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