Renmin University China

Beijing and Hangzhou, China

The exchange agreements

The exchange agreement between Renmin University and the University of Lethbridge was signed in March 2009.

In 2013, the U of L also signed an agreement with Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in Hangzhou.

Semester dates

Fall semester - September to late January
Spring semester - February to mid July

The country

The People’s Republic of China (PRC), commonly known as China, is the largest country in East Asia and the most populous in the world with over 1.3 billion people. It is a socialist republic ruled by the Communist Party of China and has jurisdiction over twenty-two provinces. China’s capital is Beijing.

China is an ancient country with a profound history. Originated in the eastern area of the Yellow River Region, China’s civilization is over 5000 years old and is considered one of four ancient civilizations of the world, along with the civilizations of Babylon, Egypt and India. From ancient times to the present, Chinese people have created brilliant science, art, and culture, providing the world with such cultural wonders as the Great Wall, delicate porcelain, and calligraphy.

China’s importance in the world today is reflected through its role as the world’s third largest economy nominally. Since the introduction of market-based economic reforms, China has become one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

For more information about China, see sites such as

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The city

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, situated in the north-east of the country. It is the centre of cultural, political, business and financial activity of this rapid-growing, developing country. Beijing is an independent municipal district with a population of 12 million. The area of the city is 16 808 square kilometers, stretching 160 km from east to west and over 180 km from north to south. There are 18 districts and counties in Beijing City. To the north-west, east and west, Beijing is surrounded by mountains, while the centre and southern part of Beijing is flat land.

Beijing has a continental temperate climate, with a cold, dry winter, and wet and warm summer. In the summer, warm and moist air from the ocean brings energy to the continent, causing precipitation. In January, the temperature is as low as -4°C, while July is the warmest, about 26°C.

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About the university

Renmin University of China (RUC), previously known as People’s University of China is a national comprehensive university located in Beijing, China.

Renmin University is commonly considered as one of the top universities in China, with a distinct focus on humanities and social sciences. It consists of 23 schools and is particularly known for its strength in law, economics, and journalism.

Their mission includes following the Chinese traditional culture while embracing talents and new concepts all over the world in order to grasp the opportunity of development and building a creative and international academic atmosphere.


Exchange students can choose any of the business courses taught in English. Approximately 6–8 courses taught in English each semester. You can also take Chinese language courses.

Food and housing

Food costs approximately ¥1200 (US$180) monthly.

On-campus accommodation in International Student Dormitory costs approximately ¥1050 (US$160) per month.

Other required fees

The International Students Office of Renmin University requires exchange students to submit ¥600 (US$90) to the office as enrollment fees on the registration day.

Visa requirements

If you are planning to visit Renmin University of China for an exchange, you need an invitation letter from RUC to apply for a visa at the Chinese embassy in your country.

  1. Foreign Student Visa Application Form "JW201" or "JW202" issued by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
  2. An enrollment letter from the receiving university in China

Visa processing takes 4 working days. Obtain your Chinese visa in person.

Consulate General of the P. R. China
100-1011 6 Ave SW
Calgary AB T2P 0W1 Tel: (403) 264-3322 Ext 212
Fax: (403) 264-6656
Office hours: 09:00–noon, Monday to FridayTypes of visa fees1-Entry2-Entry6-month multiple12-month multiple

$50 $75 $100 $150

All payments need to be made by cash, money order or certified cheques.