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 on programmes studying Mandarin are eligible to participate on exchange at this university.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at USTB.

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Travel & accommodation

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

Visas & insurance

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


Living costs in China tend to be cheaper than those in the UK. 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: