Beijing Union University (BUU) is a comprehensive municipal university, devoted to undergraduate education. BUU’s mission is to serve the local community of Beijing as well as the country as a whole by cultivating in their students high-quality, application-oriented skills so that they can meet the economic and social challenges of the future.
BUU consists of 14 colleges with a variety of majors and course options readily available.
This program is restricted to ASU Chinese Flagship students for their capstone year. Learn more about the ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program and make an advising appointment with the Coordinator, Alice Xu (email@example.com) to learn about the various opportunities available to you!
Second photo courtesy of BUU
Beijing Union University (BUU or Beijing Lian He Da Xue) is a comprehensive municipal university administered by the Beijing government. Established in the 80s, it was made up of former satellite campuses affiliated with university such as Peking University, Tsinghua, Renmin, Beijing Foreign etc. Although not a project 985 or 211 university, BUU has steadily received consistent support from the municipality to expand its academic and international efforts.
Today, BUU consists of 14 colleges with a variety of majors and course options readily available. The university is modest in size and spread out, but all colleges are located in the Beijing city area and a short subway ride from the main campus on the 4th ring road. Although the university is a young university, it is one of the most international and fastest- growing universities in China. The campus is well-equipped with a gym, cafeteria, library, and facilities available for students. The university is located in the downtown area of the city, and has easy access to metro and intercity commuting systems.
U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.
Academic Program & Courses
The academic year will begin in early September and end towards the end of June/early July.
The Chinese Overseas Flagship program provides an intensive and highly individualized curriculum to develop students’ communicative competence at the IRL Level 3, as well as cultural and professional competencies. For the entire 10-month duration of the Capstone year, participants develop their language skills across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Flagship courses are specifically designed to address those areas. Students also directly enroll in Chinese content courses (direct enrollment) at the host institution and are expected to complete all direct enrollment course assignments and requirements. While completing the requirements of the Flagship program, students can major in an academic field of their choice from the following departments:
Business College, Management College, Tourism College
College of Applied Arts and Sciences, Advertising College
Teacher College, College of Special Education
College of Information Technology, College of Biochemical Engineering, College of Mechanical Engineering
During the Spring semester, students participate in part-time internships while continuing their studies with a reduced course load. Each student's field research is an internship of 8-20 hours per week, coupled with weekly discussion groups and/or seminars.
Program components include:
Shared housing with Chinese host institution students
Individual language instruction with tutors
Opportunities to engage in local service projects
Overnight cultural excursions
Weekly guided field work
Regular extra-curricular activities
In addition to regular course assignments and examinations, all Chinese Flagship students will also complete the following special academic requirements:
Prepare regular written and oral reports in Chinese on what they have learned in the course of their specialization work at the university or internship;
Submit a portfolio of written work completed in the direct enrollment course;
Submit a portfolio of written work completed for their internships (translations, publications, conference presentations, etc.)
Click here to view how credits and grades at Beijing Union University will convert to ASU credits and grades.
Photos courtesy of BUU
The university has recently completed the renovation of a new international student apartment building, located right across the main campus. The layout is designed to house 4 or 6 students in the unit, each with two bathrooms. Storage or study space is available. For an apartment in Beijing, the housing in BUU is very affordable and comfortable. Each floor has a common area with kitchen and laundry facilities
All students are paired with a Chinese student roommate. The roommate serves as a study buddy who can help students solve cross-cultural and communication-related problems.
Despite its modest size, the university is very well-equipped with computer lab, smart boards in classrooms, cafeteria, library, and gym. Students would be able to use all university facilities and be on campus with local students.
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Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in China, students will encounter a lack of support for people with visible and non-visible disabilities and they may encounter a lack of understanding and therefore support. Improvements have been made in public transportation, hotels and airport travel, but students with mobility disabilities may still encounter challenges with accessibility (especially in rural areas).
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in China, students do experience overt and covert racial discrimination, from staring and hair-touching to harboring prejudicial beliefs and derogatory comments. Despite these, most students report that they feel the statements are made without menace and are the product of myth and ignorance.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.