Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University: Guangzhou

Undergraduate Global Immersion in China

Fall semester: mid September to mid January*

Spring semester: late February to late June

Lingnan specific scholarships available up to $3000 per student!  See "Financial Aid and Scholarships" section for details!

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Students are able to make special arrangements for final exams in cases where fall semester final exams conflict with U of M spring semester classes.

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This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Chinese citizens are not eligible for this exchange program
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

With over one billion people and unique natural resources, China is the world's largest emerging economy. Since opening its economy to the world over 30 years ago, China has undergone a profound transformation, recently spurred by the award of the 2008 Olympic games and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Guangzhou is the thrid largest Chinese city and southern China's largest city with a population of over 12 million. It is a key national transportation hub and trading port.

Lingnan (University) College is the first business school accredited by both AMBA and EQUIS in South China and is located in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guandong Province. Lingnan has a large international presence with over 100 international exchange students from and around the world annual and 40 quality exchange partners in over 20 countries and regions around the world.

There are no on campus accommodations available for exchange students. However, students can easily look for an off-campus apartment through real estate agents and resources at Lingnan. Volunteer buddies in Lingnan will assist exchange students on looking for accommodations.
For more information on housing visit Lingnan University’s International Housing page.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Lingnan-specific scholarships available! 20,000 RMB (approximately $3,000 USD) is available to the top 2 Carlson students nominated for study at Lingnan! No separate application required.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students. Prior knowledge of Mandarin is not required. Lingnan recommends that exchange students take no more than 5 courses in one semester. There is one compulsory course, Doing Business in China (China Business Study), which is designed for exchange students. There are Mandarin language courses available to exchange students as well.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2105
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1300
Documentation (passport, visa, immunizations)$130
Books and Materials$150
Room and/or Board$3000
Essential Daily Living Expenses$2000
Miscellaneous $500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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