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.
Learn more about campus activities and events
There are numerous academic and extra-curricular activities you can get involved in while on exchange with USTB. Hosting several societies and associations, there is always something to fill your extra time with while taking a break from studying!
The Language and Cultural Association gives students the opportunity to advance their language skills and participate in the ‘English Corner’ each Saturday, where a global interest topic is discussed. The International Student Association (ISA) is a great way to meet fellow exchange students, with three internal departments at your disposal (Office, Activity and Publicity): from organising activities to liaising with the international office on your behalf, you can feel confident you’ll receive the support you need.
How about taking a visit to the University Museum to learn about the origins of the institution? Or with the University hosting regular events on-campus, don’t be afraid to try something new, whether that’s taking part in the university activities or exploring Beijing for yourself.
Travel & accommodation
Visas & insurance
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: