Start at ZJU-UIUC in Fall 2020
We want you to make The Grainger College of Engineering your next home. However, we understand there are consulate backlogs caused by COVID-19 closures. If you are a Chinese citizen and worried about visa issues getting in the way of starting your Grainger Engineering experience, we have a viable option for you.
Start Fall Semester at ZJU-UIUC, located in Haining, China. As a first-time UIUC freshman, if you cannot travel to Urbana for the fall semester due to visa or travel restrictions, you have the opportunity to be a UIUC student studying at ZJU-UIUC in Fall 2020. This allows you to begin your Grainger Engineering studies even if you cannot make it to the Urbana campus this fall.
Guide for International Students Attending ZJUI-UIUC
We know you have a lot of questions about starting your college experience at Zhejiang University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (ZJU-UIUC). This guide walks you through everything from getting to campus, cards you'll use as a student, and safety tips.
Let us know if you need additional help.
July 9th we held a webinar for first time freshmen at ZJUI. Watch below or view the recording on Media Space.
- Why is this beneficial for me?
You would start as a Grainger Engineering student with a residential experience, while progressing toward your degree, even if you can't physically make it to our campus in Urbana, Illinois, United States.
- How soon must I make a decision on attending ZJU-UIUC?
You must notify us of your commitment to attending ZJU-UIUC by your summer registration date so that we can advise you appropriately.
- What courses would I take?
You would enroll in courses normally offered at ZJU-UIUC. In the fall semester these courses are taught in English by a combination of faculty from ZJU-UIUC and UIUC faculty. These are the same courses you would take as a first-year student on the Urbana campus and you will work with your academic advisor at your summer registration appointment to create a course load that matches your academic goals.
- How would I begin building my Grainger Engineering community?
We will provide a summer orientation program for you and your peers starting ZJU-UIUC in Fall 2020. You will also be in a special online section of Engineering 100, which is taught by UIUC staff.
- How long will I be at ZJU-UIUC?
We anticipate this opportunity will last for the Fall 2020 semester and you would start classes on our campus in Urbana for Spring 2021.
- How will tuition be charged?
Tuition fees will be assessed and charged from UIUC, not ZJU. This happens through your UIUC student account. Housing fees will be assessed separately through ZJU in the fall and your housing unit in the spring at UIUC.
- Do I need to complete ZJU graduation requirements?
No. You work toward graduation requirements for UIUC. You are essentially a UIUC student studying abroad during your first semester as a college student.
- Do I still need to apply for I-20?
Yes. You will proceed through the UIUC admission process. I-20s are being sent digitally sent. If you get an I-20 and get visa and but cannot get a flight, we will cancel your I-20 for the fall. You may then need to reapply for I-20 for Spring 2021.
- What is the value in choosing the option to attend at ZJUI over a gap semester/gap year?
Attending at ZJUI in a residential experience with other students experiencing will enable you to meet your peers, develop a stronger connection with your fellow engineering students and the UIUC community. You will also have access to additional academic and student life resources you wouldn’t have if at home.
- What are the requirements to study at ZJUI?
You must have accepted your offer to UIUC and be a first-time freshman in The Grainger College of Engineering (or approved program) and currently reside in China and hold Chinese Citizenship.
- ZJUI only has 4 majors. If I have a different major, am I still eligible to participate? What courses do I take if they don’t have my major?
Yes, students with all majors in the Grainger College of Engineering are eligible to attend. The first semester of all our engineering programs are quite similar, so almost all of your courses will be available at ZJUI. However, if there is something not available, it may be available online. This will be clear in August when we re-publish the course catalogue.
- My advisor told me students in LAS physics can also apply, is that true?
- Are the classes the same as UIUC? Who are they taught by and are they held to the same standards?
Some courses are taught by ZJU faculty and others by UIUC faculty. All courses are recognized by UIUC as having transferable credit. These classes have been screened, reviewed, and approved for educating our students–who are some of the brightest in the world. We prepare our students to move into their engineering careers with the expertise of Grainger College of Engineering within them and no matter where you begin your collegiate education, you will be educated in the highest quality.
- How do I register for classes?
Registration for ZJUI courses will occur in person, a few days before the semester starts.
- Do I transfer my UIUC schedule to ZJUI? What happens to my UIUC schedule for which I’ve already registered?
During the new registration period in August, we will register you for ENG 299 which will be 12 credits. This is a placeholder course for the actual courses you are registered for at ZJUI. The UIUC courses will be removed from your schedule. You have access to take UIUC online only, but only up to 18 hours of credit total.
- Can I take UIUC courses online if they don’t have the classes I want at ZJUI?
- How is GPA calculated?
Some of your courses will be calculated from UIUC, others will be by ZJUI. Academic credit earned at another accredited University or college and accepted by the University of Illinois is recorded in semester hours. Coursework will be listed on the transcript with the institution’s name, total credit hours, GPA hours, Grade Points, and total GPA. Individual classes and grades are not listed. Learn more about transfer credit →
- Is there a chance I won’t get in to this program at ZJUI?
As long as you meet the admission criteria, no. The secondary application is a tracking mechanism and allows us to communicate with the group that is attending at ZJUI. There will be an application for ZJUI, but if it’s completed you will be admitted.
- By when do I need to apply through TDS?
- I’ve finished my application, what’s next?
Application processing will begin July 15th, after the deadline. Erika Brewer will follow up with additional steps at that time.
- When will the final course list at ZJUI be available?
By August 1st.
- How much are tuition/fees?
Tuition and fees are paid to UIUC, while housing is paid to ZJUI. You will pay tuition at a rate of $20,073 and general fees of $298. Whether or not students will be released from all other fees including UIUC Health Insurance is still being negotiated. Housing costs at ZJUI is 4000 RMB or $571 USD. Insurance through ZJUI will be 500 RMB or $71.50 USD. Cost of food while at ZJUI is additional (estimate= 50 RMB or $7.15 USD per day).
- When should I start the Visa process for next semester?
SEVIS IDs will remain the same so you can begin scheduling your Visa appointments now but we prefer you select appointments no earlier than the end of September. This is so IA can get you updated documents prior to your appointment. You will also need to make sure your start term is up-to-date at that time. Once you have indicated you are attending ZJUI, new documents will be issued, however the SEVIS number will remain the same.
- Will Outlook e-mail work in China? Will we need a VPN to access that e-mail account?
You will have access to the internet and a VPN. You will have access to outlook on campus.
- Do students have to participate in things like Military Training or Chinese culture classes?
No. You are only required to participate in graduation requirements set forth by UIUC, not ZJUI.
- When can I arrive on ZJUI’s campus?
Students can arrive on campus starting August 21.
- What do I do about my housing deposit at UIUC? Will it be honored in Spring ‘21? Do I cancel my housing at UIUC?
Students who are contracted with University Housing and wish to do all online courses in the fall semester and not relocate to campus will need to provide documentation of this plan to the Housing Information Office for review. This is not an automatic process and so arrangements and approval will need to be made in advance. If approved, the University Housing Contract will be cancelled without penalty.
Students contracted with a Private Certified Housing unit need to contact their individual Private Certified Housing unit directly for more information on their contact and cancellation policies.
Additional questions about housing should be directed to University housing by visiting housing.illinois.edu/contact-us/contact-us-form. We will assist you in contacting your housing if you prove to have difficulties.
- What are the dorms like at ZJUI?
Dorms are singles, with communal bathrooms and shared kitchen space. Students also have a cafeteria in which they can choose to eat most, if not all of their meals.
The ZJU-UIUC partnership
The Zhejiang University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (ZJU-UIUC) Institute is a new engineering college on the new Zhejiang University (ZJU) International Campus in Haining, China. The Institute conducts teaching and research in broad program themes of engineering and system sciences; information and data sciences; and energy, environment, and infrastructure sciences.