Partner Profile: University of Nottingham, Ningbo

Aberystwyth University students have the opportunity to study on a direct exchange at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo located in Shanghai.

‌Type of link: Institutional

Motto: Sapientia urbs conditur - A City is Built on Wisdom

Established: 2004

Number of students:

  • 5,000 UG
  • 666 PG


The University Of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is located in the coastal province of Zhejiang which is near Shanghai. Ningbo has a great mix of old and new culture so during your stay there you will get the chance to explore ancient temples and beautiful natural pools but also the state of the art shopping mall and the amusement park.


All courses are offered in English. Students from any academic department are eligible to apply at the discretion of their Department’s Exchange Co-Ordinator. UNNC has a number of academic departments that are similar to those at Aberystwyth; students are advised to discuss the suitability of UNNC for their degree with their Departmental Exchanges Co-Ordinator. There are a number of courses available that are similar to the following departments in Aberystwyth. These include:


Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation for the duration of their stay in one of the campus’ three residences. Rates are very reasonable though there will be additional cost such as fuel and water to consider. More details can be found in the UNNC Student Guide.

Visa Information and Other Costs

Depending on the length of their exchange at Ningbo, students must apply for either an X-1 or X-2 visa.

ALL students attending UNNC must be covered by 'Comprehensive Insurance & Protection Scheme for Foreigners Staying in China of Ping An Annuity Insurance Company, Ltd.' for his/her whole study period.

Students should also take into account the cost of living when going on exchange. the UNNC Student Guide has some details on this.

There is a possibility that incoming students may be eligible for a bursary from UNNC.‌‌

Getting There

The closest international airport to UNNC is Ningbo Airport. The flight time from London airports is around 18 hours. Free airport pick-up services will be arranged from both Ningbo and Shanghai Pudong airports at the beginning of induction every year. Students need to book pickup service in advance before the deadline via the online system

International students are expected to arrive a few days in advance of term dates

How to Apply

All students wishing to go on an exchange to UNNC must apply through Aberystwyth University as they must first be nominated by the international office and students usually go in the second semester of their second year unless they have special permission from their department. Visit the UNNC website for more details on the application requirements.