University of Science and Technology in Beijing – Summer School

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003064


All DMU students are welcome to apply for this opportunity, but priority will be given to students studying Mandarin with the DMU Confucius Institute. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


You could be heading off to Beijing this summer with DMU’s Confucius Institute (CI) to experience language and life in China, helping you to develop skills which global employers are looking for, including cultural awareness.

This exciting #DMUglobal opportunity will take 15 students to the University of Science and Technology in Beijing (USTB) for a two-week summer school, including Mandarin classes and cultural trips to sights such as the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace and the 798 art district.

Students will also take language and culture courses run by USTB which will provide a comparative insight into the Chinese culture. This is a great opportunity to enhance your CV while exploring a fascinating corner of the world.

USTB was founded in 1952 and is one of China’s most prestigious universities, valuing international exchange and supporting more than 4,200 students from 125 countries. The summer school therefore provides the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into Chinese culture, while at the same time attending a top university where you will be able to meet people from all over the world.

Although this experience will not count towards your degree at DMU, your participation on the University of Science and Technology in Beijing Summer School will be acknowledged on your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) report, as well as being looked at favourably by future employers.

Cultural Activities

You will have some free time to explore Beijing independently. Located in the northeast of China, the city has one of the largest populations in the world, with a bustling atmosphere and rapid rate of development. Hidden in its hutongs, narrow alleys typical of this part of China, as well as in its public gardens and temples, lies a fascinating history for you to discover. From the Great Wall of China to the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and local teahouses, there is plenty for you to experience in this magical city.

Travel and accommodation

Students will travel as part of a group and will be accompanied by a staff member from the CI. On arrival at Beijing airport staff members from USTB will collect you. Flights will be booked by DMU, and the students will be be asked to pay the balance (following deduction of the £400 #DMUglobal bursary) once they have  accepted their place.

Accommodation will be provided in the international students’ dormitory, located on the USTB campus. The university has two large canteens where students can sample dishes from all over China, and there are many shops and restaurants within walking distance.The CI will cover the cost of accommodation, accommodation, meals, as well as local transportation and entrance tickets to places of interest.

Contact details

Visa information

British nationals need a visa to enter mainland China, which must be obtained prior to arrival. For students of other nationalities and for details of entry requirements, it is recommended you visit the Chinese Embassy website.

Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you apply with sufficient time to receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 7 July 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 21 July 2019
  • Estimated cost of flight: £650-700
  • Students will also be required to pay for: visa (£151-£178) and UK transfers
  • The CI will cover accommodation, meals, local transport and entrance tickets to places of interest
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am