Languages and Cultures


Beijing Normal University

BU Student Exchange Program

"Learn, so as to instruct others. Act, to serve as example to all."

Click here for the main website; also here for the BNU International Student website

Beijing Normal University (BNU) is a comprehensive research institution with numerous degree programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.

  • BNU ranks as the top university in China in the areas of Education, Psychology, Chinese History, Geography and Ecology
  • BNU boasts a 50-year history in international student education and has one of the largest international students populations in China.
  • BNU is one of the four earliest-established centers in China for teaching Chinese as second language.
  • BNU is the outstanding prize winner in the university competition of international students teaching, administration and service.

    Among the BNU alumni are Yan Mo, who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, and many other prominent representatives of Chinese culture.


Cost (per semester)


Except for fixed costs (tuition), the following figures are high-end estimates. Costs can fluctuate.

  • Tuition: under $4,000 (in state, paid to BU)
  • Accommodations: under $2,000 for a single room (see below for more information).
  • Airfare: $1,200 (New York City-Beijing round trip for fall semester 2014)
  • Visa: $140
  • Meals: $1,200 (Students can save a great deal of money by dining in the campus catering facilities. By some estimates, students can eat well for around half this price. See below.)
  • Books and Supplies: $150
  • Miscellaneous Expenses: $1,500 (varies greatly)
  • HTH Health Insurance: $220
Total: $10,400 (about the same as a semester at BU)



Most BU students will be enrolling in courses in Chinese language. BNU's program in teaching Chinese as a second language is one of the best in the world.

However, BNU also offers a good number of courses taught in English. Here is a selection of course titles from a recent semester's offerings:
Environmental Science
Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications
Ecological Modeling
Landscape Ecology
Systems Ecology
Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Statistics
Energy Economics 1
Introduction to Contemporary Development of China
Business and Social Science
Introduction to Urban Sociology
Gender and Development
Issues in International Development
International Business and China
Cross-cultural Exchange and Management
Global Economic Issues and Policies
Chinese Law and Legal Culture
Chinese Intellectual Property Law
Chinese Company Law and Financial Law
Chinese Criminal Law
Chinese Information Technology Law
Chinese Arbitration Law
Chinese Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
Comparative Education
Introduction to Educational Research
Education Systems, Policy and Management in China
Educational Policy Analysis
Educational Reforms: International

Travel to BNU


The Capital International Airport is referred to as the Capital Airport. It is Beijing City's main international airport and is located in the northeast corner of Beijing City, Shunyi district.

Choose one of the following routes to arrive at campus:

  1. Take a taxi directly to campus. The fare should be about 100 RMB (around $16).
  2. Take the high speed metro airport rail to Sanyuanqiao stop. Change metro lines to Line 10. Follow Line 10 to Mudanyuan stop. Exit from the southwest. Mudanyuan bus stop is 30 meters ahead. From here, take No. 645 or 22 or 38 directly to Tieshizifen, the campus' main east gate.
  3. The airport has bus lines heading to all parts of the city. Take the airport bus No. 4 to Beitaipingzhuang. Head in the opposite direction from where the bus arrived and cross the intersection bearing right. Walk 800 meters down Xinjiekouwai Street to Beijing Normal University main east gate. Or, continue walking ahead until you reach the Jingshi Tower. Then, take a right and continue until you reach the main south gate.



BNU has five international student dormitories. The daily cost per bed varies; there are beds for RMB 40 yuan, RMB 60 yuan, RMB 65 yuan, RMB 75 yuan, RMB 85 yuan, and RMB 95 yuan per day. Students may choose to live in double rooms or single rooms. After receiving the Admission Notice, students may choose their desired accommodations on the Internet at the website. Accommodations offer hot water at least eighteen hours a day, and pay washers and dryers are available in each international student apartment building. Equipped public kitchens or canteens are available in some buildings. Computer labs, gymnasiums and cafeterias are also available in some buildings.

Information based on this webpage: BNU accommodations



BNU campus boasts 11 canteens all catering to different tastes, including Chinese, Western, Korean and Japanese cuisines at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Campus Life


Location & Transport:
The BNU campus is located in north west downtown Beijing in the Haidian district, between the second and third ring roads. It is often called 'an oasis for study in downtown Beijing'. Public transport is close by, with a 15 minute walk to subway stations. Many buses go directly from the University to the popular places in Beijing, such as the Forbidden City, Wangfujing, Summer palace and so on.

See also: BNU Student Life



BNU campus has two sports fields with full sports facilities: a basketball hall, tennis courts open all day and gym, taekwondo and martial arts instruction. The Qiu Jiduan Gym contains a basketball court, swimming pool and other facilities. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics it hosted the US team during training.

Cultural Activities


Varied programs of cultural life on-campus, with many student associations and clubs.

Seven countries have their own students' unions, and there are four clubs for those interested in music, dance and volunteering.


Department of Languages and Cultures | Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania | 400 East Second Street | Bloomsburg, PA 17815 | 230 Old Science Hall | Phone: 570-389-4750 | Fax: 570-389-3992