Your year abroad in China
On your year abroad you will continue to take intensive courses in Chinese language, building on the skills you learnt during your first year.
You will study at Nanjing University which is one of the highest ranked universities in China meaning you are certain to receive education of the highest level whilst studying there.
You will have plenty of courses to choose from to continue your studies of the Chinese language and the culture, politics, history of China. As well as being given the chance to study in the country that you will be learning about, you will also be able to immerse yourself in China’s fascinating culture which is an important part of the Year Abroad experience. Many students take this opportunity to travel extensively around China, meet Chinese people and acquire lots of new experiences as they go.
Founded in 1902, Nanjing University is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China, currently ranked in the top 10 Universities in China in the THE World University Rankings.
Nanjiing University consists of three beautiful campuses, Gulou, Pukou, and Xianlin. As a top university in China, it boasts advanced teaching and research facilities and, like in Sheffield, Nanjing students have access to a wide variety of student led events, societies, sporting activities and all students are actively encouraged to get involved.
The city of Nanjing itself is the capital of Jiangsu province and has plenty of cultural and historical sights to explore such as the famous Confucius temple. Along with its historical sites, the city is a buzzing metropolis full of skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and extensive shopping malls so there is always something to do. The city is also home to several colleges and universities and a large foreign population making it an international metropolis with new faces every day.
Prior to leaving for Nanjing, you will receive a detailed handbook that provides information on all relevant issues, from visa applications to student life in China. The School will also hold a number of workshops to help you arrange for your time away as well as pair you up with a student who is currently in China so you can get the latest information and can ask questions as they arise. The students who have just returned will also arrange a presentation to give you a first-hand account of what it is like to study, live and travel in China.
In addition to the University covering your tuition costs for Nanjing University, to help you make the most of your year abroad, the School of East Asian Studies is able to offer a number of one-year scholarships to support you in China.
Chinese Government funded one-year scholarship
We currently have 17 of these scholarships available which are awarded to the highest performing student in semester 1. These scholarships cover your accommodation costs for the year and provide a monthly payment of 1700 Yuan (£170) for the duration of your year in China and a one off welcome payment of 1500 Yuan.
Confucius Institute scholarship
We are currently able to offer 3 scholarships through the Sheffield Confucius Institute which are awarded on a competitive basis. These scholarships also cover your accommodation and provide a monthly payment of 1700 Yuan and a one off welcome payment of 1500 Yuan.
Nanjing is a relatively cheap place to live and many students also find part-time employment while they are there to offset even further any extra costs.
Last day at school
"I taught kindergarten for 4 months, I went into it not having a clue of what it would be like and feeling completely out of my depth. Albeit sometimes stressful I really enjoyed it- not only did it give me a massive confidence boost but it was fascinating breaking out of the international student bubble and seeing something more ‘real’ of China."