Beyond the Classroom

UMass Boston has exchange agreements with Renmin University in Beijing and Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, offering programs for undergraduate students. (For graduates, Shaanxi Normal University also offers scholarships for a master's degree in Chinese studies -- see below.)

For UMass Boston undergraduate students this means that the tuition paid to UMass Boston can be transferred to pay tuition at these universities. If your tuition at UMass Boston is being paid through some kind of scholarship or grant, this can also be used to pay your tuition at these institutions in China.  This agreement does not include travel or living expenses in China.  But the Chinese institutions will help you find living arrangements.

There are also opportunities for funding, including the full use of your FAFSA Pell grant, to cover living expenses in China. These opportunities depend a great deal on the circumstances of individual students. Interested students should contact Lurlene Van Buren in the Office of International & Transnational Affairs (OITA)/Study Abroad Office to explore funding opportunities ( (For example, one U.S. government program is currently targeting particular groups of students who have been under-represented in study abroad in the past, and one of those under-represented groups happens to currently be males.)

Part of the study abroad process and before a student studies abroad, you will need to visit the financial aid office at UMass Boston, part of whose job it is to make sure each student has sufficient funds to support them while in China.

Students should also try to find information about what courses are available at these institutions, choose some particular courses, and if possible reach a prior written agreement with appropriate faculty at UMass Boston as to what kind of credit will be transferred to UMass Boston on their return. This is accomplished by completing the "Request For Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs" form which is obtained in the OITA/Study Abroad Office.

For graduates of Asian studies at UMass Boston, Shaanxi Normal University offers scholarships to qualified students for a master’s degree in Chinese studies.  If you are interested in pursuing a fully funded master’s degree in Chinese studies at Shaanxi Normal University, contact Wanli Hu, Director of China Program Center (