China: Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU)

Rollins and BFSU have recently established an exciting new exchange program that offers you the unique opportunity to enroll directly into one of China’s top universities.  

Experience Beijing!

Gain unforgettable personal and academic experiences studying in the oldest language university in China. Explore Beijing while hiking parts of the Great Wall, immersing yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City, or absorbing the charm of the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.

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Overview

* Please note, the BFSU program is tentatively scheduled to open in Spring 2018. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the program may not be available until Fall 2018. Please speak with IP for more details.*

The BFSU program offers you the exciting opportunity to gain unforgettable personal and academic experiences by living and studying in China’s vibrant capital. BFSU is one of the top universities in Asia and the oldest language universities in China. The university offers a wide range of courses (taught in English) from which to choose. Of course, you can also take Mandarin language courses. The student body is made up of mostly Chinese students, but also has a large number of international students from countries all over the world. In turn, this program provides the opportunity to study amongst a multicultural student body in a city that is distinctly Chinese. You’ll live in one of the two international student residences on campus and can join a variety of different student organizations. Both opportunities will enable you to build meaningful relationships with your fellow students while exploring the city of Beijing. This program is a great fit for students studying Chinese, business, economics, and political science.

* If you plan to participate in two approved semester programs abroad, you can apply your full Rollins financial aid package to both programs as long as one of them is an exchange program. This qualifies as an exchange program so will allow you to carry your full aid package on this program and any other approved semester program of your choosing – whether that program is an exchange or not.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Exceptional Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Strongly recommend participation in the Rollins in Shanghai semester program prior to participation in this program
  • No prior Chinese is required - but would be strongly recommended

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Incoming Exchange Students

The coordinator for incoming exchange students is Jenifer Ruby, Director of International Student & Scholar Services. For information about application and advising for incoming exchange students, please visit the website for International Student & Scholar Services. You may also contact Ms. Ruby for more details.

Program Calendar

Spring 2018

  • 15 January 2018: Program begins
  • 18 May 2018: Official End Date of Program

Fall 2018

  • 12 August 2018: Program begins
  • 17 December 2018: Official End Date of Program

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

You are responsible for booking your own flights. Round-trip airfare from Orlando is estimated at roughly $1,200. BFSU provides airport pick-up on the scheduled arrival dates, but you must make a specific request for pick-up service. It is not automatically arranged for all students. Although BFSU does not provide a comprehensive orientation program upon arrival, the Overseas Student Affairs Office can offer all the assistance you need in scheduling classes, settling into campus, and learning about what opportunities for involvement are available on campus.

Visa

A visa is required for U.S. citizens to study in China. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports & Visas Page.

Academic Information

Beijin Foreign Studies University (BFSU)

Originally founded as a Russian language institute in 1941, BFSU is one of the oldest language universities in China. Today, BFSU is one of the top-rated universities in Asia and enrolls approximately 8,400 graduate and undergraduate students. However, unlike Rollins, nearly half of the student body are graduate students. BFSU also hosts around 1,000 international students from over 60 countries. In addition to Chinese language, BFSU offers courses in journalism, political science, business, and economics. 

Courses

Most course, but not all, are available to Rollins students – as long as you have the appropriate pre-requisites. For some courses, you can register prior to departure. But for the majority of courses you won’t be able to register until you’re physically on campus. You’ll work directly with faculty and staff at BFSU to register. The registration system is very different compared to Rollins. Courses that are taught in English will be clearly marked’ they’ll included subjects such as Chinese studies, Chinese language, business, social and cultural studies, PolySci, economics, and linguistics/ translation. In all courses (except Chinese language courses) you’ll be side-by-side with Chinese students and other international students. Classes range from 30 – 60 students.

Courses at BFSU typically transfer back as 3 Rollins credits. Therefore, you’ll take somewhere between 4 and 6 courses during a semester, and will come back to Rollins with between 12 – 18 credit hours.

Academic Support Services

Faculty advising is provided through the International Student Office. This office also provides support for course registration and a few other academic support services. As an international student at BFSU you’ll also have full access to the library and computer labs.

Exams

Most courses will only have one final exam (rather than a large number of other projects, papers, exams, etc., across the semester like we have at Rollins). Fall exams will be held at the end of December and in early January. If you’re planning to study abroad in the fall it’s extremely important to plan your courses and your schedule carefully so that you can finalize all of your exams before returning to Rollins for the spring.


Exchange

The number of available exchange places changes year to year and exchange places will be allocated to Rollins students based on the merit of the application. However, no minimum number of students is required for the exchange to take place. As exchange places are not guaranteed, interested students should visit IP for advising.

Transfer of credit

Students participating in this program will need to seek approval for courses in their major/minor (from the appropriate academic department) and for general Rollins credit (through Student Records). All courses on this program will appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit. Grades from this program will also appear on the Rollins transcript and will be factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from BFSU. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

 

Housing & Meals

Housing

You’ll live in one of two on-campus international student residence halls. All rooms are double occupancy and have in-suite bathrooms. There are shared kitchen and laundry facilities in the res. halls. Bedding and internet access (either wired or WiFi) is also provided

Meals

You’ll receive a meal plan on campus that will provide access to BFSU dining facilities. BFSU is located in the university district of Beijing, the “Haiden district,” which hosts a great number of diverse ethnic Chinese and Asian restaurants as well as some Western restaurants.

Student Life

Activities

You’re encouraged to join any of BFSU’s student organizations as well as utilize their athletic facilities. A staff member in the English department can assist if you’d like to work with a local Chinese student for cultural and language exchange. There’s also a small area near campus called Sanlitun, which is knowns for its charming, narrow streets filled with bars, restaurants, and shops.

Student Services

Accommodations (both academic and physical) are limited at BFSU. Many buildings are not accessible. It may also be difficult to arrange for similar academic accommodations as students might be used to at Rollins.  

There is an on-campus clinic that provides basic health and counseling services.

Excursions

Regardless of whether you prefer exploring on your own, with some of your new friends or joining an organized tour, Beijing and the surrounding region have a lot to offer. You can hike parts of the Great Wall, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City, or absorb the charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. A popular sight to visit is also the Lama Temple, a former residence of royal court, which is now amongst the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Stroll the Temple’s gardens and observe its incredible sculptures and Chinese art. If you would like to take a break from sightseeing and get to know China’s wildlife better, make a stop at the Beijing Zoo to see one of China’s most treasured animals; the giant panda. Thanks to Beijing’s well-developed public transportation systems (bus and subway), it’s easy to get around the city. Of course, you can also take the train to explore other areas of China.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester:

          Fall 2017: $31,534

          Spring 2018: $31,531


Includes

Tuition and program administration, housing, meals, airport pickup (as long as you request it directly from BFSU), internet access on campus, and full medical and emergency insurance.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,100 (estimate)
  • Administration fee: $260 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs vary, average estimate is $800 - $1,400
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. You can apply for scholarships inside of your Rollins RIPA. In addition, students on this program are eligible to apply for the China-specific Kao scholarship.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis, Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during normal semester dates. If you are unable to make it at these times, please email, call or stop by our office to arrange an appointment.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson (rejohnson@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment.