RUC Summer Exchange

ILR School and Renmin University of China 
Summer Exchange

The School of Labor & Human Resources founded in October 1983, is China's top institution for educating students in labor, social security, and human resource management. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Labor Economics, Social Security, Human Resource Management and Labor Relations.


RUC is located in the Haidian District of Beijing, which is the hub of university education and major software companies. Important universities in the area include Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute of Technology and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Major software companies in the area include Microsoft, NEC, Siemens, among others. RUC is in close proximity to historic areas such as the Old Summer Palace, the Summer Palace, and the high speed rail.

Courses & Credits

RUC offers an extensive summer curriculum for international exchange students. All classes are taught in English by distinguished RUC faculty. Admitted students will take 2 courses for a total of 4 credits.  One course must be in Mandarin language study, the other in any subject related to China.

ILR students may enroll in courses that are pre-approved by ILR for transfer credits. For a listing of courses offered this summer follow this link. Prior to enrollment, students must consult with their OSS Advisor and Donna Ramil, Associate Director, ILR International Programs on the particulars of courses and transfer credits. When admitted into the RUC Exchange Program, ILR students may enroll on-line.

Tuition and Other Costs for the Summer Program

The RUC Summer Exchange program is tuition-neutral (students’ regular tuition to the ILR School covers the tuition cost for the summer program). ILR exchange students are responsible for their passport, visa, air fare, room and board, transportation, and fees related to courses, books, and personal expenses.  If selected to the program students may apply for a special China Grant (up to $700) to help cover the housing costs.  Financial Aid does not apply for the summer program. 

Who Should Apply?

ILR undergraduate students and MILR students interested in expanding their academic knowledge of China and interested in studying Mandarin language at any level.

Who is Eligible?

Rising sophomores with demonstrated interest in China may seek special permission to apply.  Juniors and seniors must have completed their ILR core requirements. All students must be in good academic standing with the ILR School and the university and have a 3.0 GPA by the time of departure.  Please note  that since the RUC Exchange is a unique cross-cultural opportunity ILR students who graduated from high school in China are not eligible for the program.