Beihang University is an international academic community embracing diversity and openness. More than 30,000 students including over 2,200 international students from 120 countries around the world are learning and living on the dynamic campuses. Like many other prestigious universities, Beihang provides international students with an exceptional learning environment where they can fulfill their academic ambitions and satisfy the desire to experience cultural diversity. But what makes Beihang special as an overseas study destination?

To approach Beihang from the perspective of foreign students, we have interviewed some international exchange students about their impression and experience on our campus. What do international students think of Beihang? Find out from the video.

“Huge campus”, “life-change and rewarding experience”, “international university”... these are the words frequently mentioned by the interviewees. But Beihang is more than this. It is an inclusive community dedicated to fostering cross-cultural communication and enhancing intercultural awareness. Each year various cross-cultural activities are arranged by the International Division, the Student Union and other departments or organizations to promote personal understanding across ethnic and racial borders. Let’s catch a glimpse of what they are.

Beihang International Culture Festival

The Beihang International Cultural Festival is a splendid cultural carnival for both international and domestic students. Each year, the event is attended by President of Beihang, representatives of foreign embassies and consulates in China as well as students and staff from across the nation and around the world. Its activities include opening ceremony, parade of representatives, cultural booths and multiethnic performance. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to share their rich cultural heritages, enjoy global cuisine and explore different cultures.

Beihang International Culture Festival

The Beihang International Cultural Festival is a splendid cultural carnival for both international and domestic students. Each year, the event is attended by President of Beihang, representatives of foreign embassies and consulates in China as well as students and staff from across the nation and around the world. Its activities include opening ceremony, parade of representatives, cultural booths and multiethnic performance. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to share their rich cultural heritages, enjoy global cuisine and explore different cultures.

International Night

The International Night, organized by the Graduate Student Union of Beihang University, is an annual event that highlights and honors various cultures within the Beihang family. Featuring entertaining and educational performances such as singing, dancing, stage plays, operas and martial arts, the event is designed to facilitate understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

International Graduate Summer School in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aimed at stimulating creative thinking and promoting academic exchanges among graduate students from all over the world, the summer program is launched at Beihang, the top-rank university in the field of aeronautics and astronautics, to introduce the frontiers of aeronautic and astronautic science and technology to participants. The program involves a series of academic forums and seminars, lectures presented by distinguished experts and a team competition. Besides, participants are invited to visit cutting-edge labs, air and space museums and well-known local landmarks in Beijing.

Buddy Program

Buddy Program

Since 2015, the International Division has been developing the Buddy Program, which aims to help international exchange/double degree students for a smooth arrival and transition from their hometown to Beihang. Besides that, Buddy Program offers an opportunity for international students to experience Chinese cultures and customs with their “buddies”, including excursions organized by International Division, meet-ups arranged by students themselves, and other activities on campus. Those activities significantly enrich domestic and international students’ lives and promote their intercultural communication, and students gain lifelong friendships and a sense of belonging to the Beihang community.

From an anonymous German exchange student:

“I think the Buddy Program is a big success. Because after arriving in China it would have been so hard to take care of all the formalities here in China like getting a phone number, getting a bank account, registering at the university,... so the Buddy Program really helped with that. My buddy was really friendly and nice, so I think I got really lucky to have her as a buddy.”

From Xi Xi, a senior student in Beihang University:

“To be frank, I didn’t hold high expectations on what reward I would be paid back through this program when I first signed up. But it turns out that the friendship and recognition from my buddy are the most precious rewards beyond any valuable gift I could possibly receive.”

Language Partner Program

The Language Partner Program seeks to match native Chinese-speaking volunteers with fluent English speakers for informal meetings on a weekly basis, offering interactive and authentic ways for foreign students to exchange ideas with native Chinese-speaking students on campus. The program is available to all foreign students who wish to practice Chinese and learn the Chinese way of life. It is well-received by both international and domestic students who gain new friendships and improve their language proficiency in the program.

Yuanhang Program

In order to fully implement and develop the “UPS” (U: University to University, P: Professor to Professor, S: Student to Student) internationalization strategy, Beihang focuses on launching “Yuanhang Program” to help Beihang students to study abroad. The “Yuanhang Program” aims to actively build an international platform for Beihang students, and vigorously promote their participation during their study to enrich students’ overseas experience, promote multicultural communication, and instill future elites with international awareness, outstanding communication skills, and global competitiveness. For more information, please visit: yuanhang.buaa.edu.cn.

Actually, the events or programs listed above are just a drop in the buckets compared to all the opportunities in Beihang allowing you to immerse yourself in other cultures. International students and scholars greatly enrich Beihang University by bringing diverse perspectives to the classroom and injecting vigor and vitality into our campus life. Although we might be different in terms of color, race, religion and nationality, we are brought together by one thing, which is the fact that we are all Beihangers. Beihang sincerely welcome all those who want to seek world-class education and explore exceptional diversity to join our global community. Just be brave to step out of your comfort zone, and you will be amazed by the fresh and rewarding experience here on our campus.

Planned and interviewed by Xiong Ting and Zhao Yue

Written by Xiong Ting

Designed by Wu Haojing

Photographed by Sun Yuhang and other contributors

Reviewed by Lyu Xingyun

Special thanks to the International Division and the Graduate Student Union

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