Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) is located in northeast Nanchang and is comprised of four campuses. JUFE, founded in 1923, is under the dual leadership of the Jiangxi Provincial Education Commission Department and the Ministry of Finance of China. It is a comprehensive institution of higher learning focusing on economics and management, as well as offering disciplines in law, engineering, humanities and natural science.
JUFE has 21 schools, over 20 research institutes and delivers 48 undergraduate, 86 postgraduate, 25 doctoral and 4 postdoctoral programs. Currently there are 39,000 full-time students enrolled.
Students may choose to study abroad either for one semester or for a full academic year.
Note: Only the current application cycle(s) will be active.
Fall Semester: September through January (There are some years, that due to JUFE"s academic calendar, students would miss 1-2 weeks of the spring semester at MU. Check with your Program Coordinator to confirm. If you miss 1-2 weeks at MU, you "may" be able to get prior approval.
Spring Semester: February through May
JUFE’s does not consistently update their online academic calendar, because dates for holidays are always in flux. During your orientation at JUFE, you will be provided with their most update to date academic calendar. Communicate directly with the OEC office regarding further questions.
International student housing is centrally located on the North campus, in a quiet, tree-lined residential area. All classes, food, and activities are within a ten minute walk from the dorms. Students live on the upper floors of the building, and each floor houses about 30 students. The building, elevator, and individual rooms can only be accessed by your room keycard, which will be given to you during orientation. Housing is provided from two days prior to orientation until a week after final exams. Exact dates will be given during your orientation.
Note: Academic year students will need to find alternative housing during winter break, as the building closes for maintenance. You should confirm with the residential advisor at the international office whether you will be able to store belongings throughout the winter or summer break.
International students do not have an enforced curfew, though Chinese students have a curfew of 11:00 PM. Security, which is on duty until university curfew, is located on the bottom floor. They will be able to help you if you have locked yourself out of your room or the building. The international student resident assistant (RA), typically a Chinese student who is fluent in English, can be reached by phone for other issues.
- Single occupancy
- Full size bed & bedding
- Private bathroom (shower, sink, electric water heater, western toilet)
- Mini fridge
- Flat screen TV with cable (channels in English and Chinese)
- Ethernet plug
- Desk, wardrobe, end tables, etc. Other notes:Laundry facility (operated by funds on your student ID)
- Public kitchen (equipped with cooking necessities and cleaning is a shared responsibility)
Each single apartment can accommodate one student only. Available inside the building are laundry facilities (operated by the funds on your student ID) and a public kitchen. The communal kitchen is equipped with cooking necessities (a few woks, skillets, bowls), and cleaning is a shared responsibility between students.
"Remember that even though you don’t have a curfew, all other JUFE students have a strictly enforced 11pm curfew. Understand that if you are hanging out with Chinese friends, they need to be back at their dorms by 11pm. Most things around campus close around that time, with a few small restaurants open until 12am."
There are two cafeterias available on every campus as well as a Muslim (Halal) cafeteria. These are pay-as-you-go buffet style. However, students often prefer to visit the local restaurants scattered around campus. These restaurants are no more expensive than the cafeteria and the on-campus dining options can be crowded during lunch. Street food is a convenient option for dinner and there are many options down the street from the student housing. Foreign restaurants, Starbucks, McDonalds, Japanese, etc. are scattered throughout downtown, or in the Wanda plazas.
Student Note: The Wanda Plaza at Bayi Guang Chang, located at the city center, has a ton of great food and shopping options. It's an easy find, as all the major bus routes stop there.
Student Note: The standards of sanitation are held at different standards in China, so students with a history of stomach issues should be careful. In China, the cleanliness of raw food is a serious issue, so avoid eating any raw vegetables or fruit without a peal (lettuce, berries).
Students also have access to public kitchens inside the dorms which allows them to cook their own food. There are two large supermarkets and a daily farmer's market down the street from the student housing, making grocery shopping easy and convenient. If you need something not available at the campus supermarket, there is also a Wal-Mart downtown. Metro is the largest foreign foods store in Nanchang. Both foreign groceries can be reached by bus or metro.
"The Wanda Plaza at Bayi Guang Chang, located at the city center, has a ton of great food and shopping options (try out the Hong Kong tea restaurant by KFC!). It’s an easy find, as all the major bus routes stop right outside Wanda. Also, you’ll want to jot down the characters and pinyin for Wanda at Bayi Guang Chang and carry it with you, because everyone will recognize the address. That card is very helpful if you get lost in the city."
Scheduling courses is done during orientation, although courses are selected through communication with JUFE via email.The Jiangxi program offers three tracks of courses, all offered in English: Chinese language, business, or culture. Chinese language courses are available to exchange students based on their language level as well as their interests. During the academic year, students may take courses in writing, speaking, listening and intensive reading. Exchange students may also choose from a variety of business courses, which address multiple aspects of working in China's business environment, including accounting, Marketing and Finance. Finally, several culture courses are offered, providing an introduction to China's rich heritage through the study of culture, traditional cooking, KungFu, calligraphy and tourism.
Courses offered in English are lecture format, have a small to moderate class size, and meet either twice weekly for an hour and a half or once for three hours. Night classes are common. These courses are offered specifically for international students, so the professors will have a high level of English proficiency. No Chinese students typically attend these classes. The class sizes of Chinese language courses are moderate at the beginner level, and small (3-5 students) at the intermediate and upper levels. Most of the courses at the intermediate and upper levels are taught exclusively in Chinese, as these professors are not chosen based on English proficiency.
Scheduling courses is done during orientation, although courses are selected through communication with JUFE via email. Note: No prior Chinese language experience is required to participate. However students will be required to take Chinese language as part of their programs.
Typically, your course grade will rely heavily on one to two cumulative exams, the format of which will vary from class to class. Professors operating a more Westernized classroom may not make your grade completely reliant on these two exams, but they will still make up a large part of your end score. Also, the professor assumes that it is up to the students to keep up on their reading and research throughout the semester, often without giving tests, quizzes, or projects along the way. It can be tempting to ‘cram’ at the end of the semester, but you will regret that decision.
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Grades: JUFE’s grading system does not differ from Millersville’s. As you are taking courses through the international department of the school, they use a percentage based system and grade A-F.
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