University of Science and Technology Beijing – Beijing, China

The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was established in 1952 under the previous name Beijing Steel and Iron Institute, later changing to the former in 1988. It is one of only 16 national key universities in China, ranked at 115th in the QS Asia University Rankings 2021. The university has grown to accommodate 16 schools, offering 48 undergraduate programs, 121 master programs, 73 doctoral programs and 16 postdoctoral research fields for over 22,000 students. See the campus gallery here.

As the name may suggest, the University is situated in Beijing, the capital of China. With a population just short of 22 million, it hosts world-class institutions leading in fields of culture, diplomacy & politics, business & economics, education & language, and science & technology. Beijing is home to the majority of large business headquarters and is the political and cultural centre of the country. This unique prowess makes it advantageous to utilise the cities transport links with the rest of Asia.

Programmes of study

Students studying Mandarin with one of the following programmes will be eligible to apply to study on exchange at USTB: Education Studies, English Literature, English Language, History, Human Resource Management, International Marketing, International Relations or Media and Communication.

Students will be participating on the Chinese language programme offered by the USTB Foreign Language Teaching Centre which will focus on language learning. Students will not be expected to study any additional modules, with the focus of the year abroad being entirely on Mandarin language learning.

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – The two closest airports to the University of Science and Technology Beijing are Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport. It is recommended to use a private taxi to reach the University.
  • Accommodation – While off-campus accommodation is available, students are recommended to apply for on-campus housing, following the instructions provided by USTB. Additional information on accommodation can be found here. Prices range from RMB 750 to RMB 1,500 p/m (£85-£170 per month).

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet immigration requirements in China.
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in China, and students are required to purchase their own policy. The insurance should cover, but is not limited to, travel, personal accidents, medical expenses (accidental and non-accidental), hospitalization and emergency evacuation/ repatriation.


Living costs in China tend to vary therefore we recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have created a simple cost comparison between the UK and China: