China — Nanjing University of Arts

Located near Qinhuai River, Nanjing University of the Arts (NUA) provides the most comprehensive arts education programs in Jiangsu Province. It is one of the earliest art academies established in modern China.

NUA's history can be traced back to the year of 1912, when Mr. Liu Haisu, known as the founder of art education in China, established Art College of China, Shanghai, with several of his friends. In 1930, they changed its name to Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. Mr. Cai Yuanpei, the chairman of the school board at that time, wrote the lyrics for the school song as well as the motto and regulations. In 1922, Yan Wenliang, a famous artist of the times, set up Suzhou Fine Arts College. Both the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and Suzhou Fine Arts College are the earliest private art schools in China. They amalgamated with Shandong University's department of fine arts and music in 1952 and changed their name to East China Arts College. The new site for the college is Sheqiao, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The amalgamation was completed on December 8. This date later became the anniversary of the founding of Nanjing Arts Institute. In 1958, East China Arts College was relocated in Ding Jiaqiao of Nanjing. In June 1958, the school changed its name to Nanjing Arts College and in 1959, to Nanjing Arts Institute, also known as Nanjing University of the Arts (NUA).

Location: No.74 West Road, Nanjing 210013, China

Duration of exchange: Students may participate in the program for either one semester (fall or spring) or for one academic year. 

Program Cost

In addition to the cost of accommodations, living expenses will be approximately RMB1,200 per month.


 Please note that in the chart below, RMB represents the Chinese currency.

Accommodation Rates
Accommodation StandardLength of StayPrice
Single roomLess than four months1,500 RMB/person/month
Double roomLess than four months750 RMB/person/month
Single roomMore than four months1,200 RMB/person/month
Double roomMore than four months600 RMB/person/month
  • Accommodation fees for short-term groups will be decided through discussion.
  • A deposit (500RMB) is requested. You will get a full refund if room facilities are in good condition when you check out.
  • You have to pay electricity and Internet fees by yourself.
  • Usually room availability for students during winter and summer holidays is limited. During peak periods, please booking two months in advance.
  • All rooms have same facilities: beds, air-conditioner, tables and chairs, bookshelf, toilets, 

bathrooms, refrigerator, microwave and induction ovens, and a communal laundry room

Academic Information

Language of instruction: Chinese (mandarin)

Courses are offered in the following disciplines:

Academic departments: School of Fine Arts, School of Music, School of Design, School of Industrial Design, School of Pop Music, School of Dances, School of Film and Video, School of Media and Communications, School of Cultural Industries, School of Humanities, School of International Education

Specific courses: painting, Chinese painting, calligraphy, sculpture, arts history, music performance (classical or popular), composition, melodrama, arts and crafts, environmental design, graphic design, public arts, fashion, industrial products design, information exchange and design, display design, ballet, Chinese traditional classic dancing, Chinese folk dancing, composing and directing dances, dance research, performing art, directing and editing movies and television, broadcasting and anchoring, literature in movie and drama, management of public enterprises (production of video and films), animation, sound recording, digital media, photography and advertising

Credit and grading system: Any academic credits received during the course of the program may be transferred to CSUN as pre approved by the academic department.

All courses are graded by the hundred-mark system. Students will receive credit for a course if they achieve 60 percent or higher.

The number of credits required depends on how many courses a student chooses every semester. Each course represents two to six credits, depending on the course time and work time. Students may choose from a specific curriculum at the beginning of every semester based on needs and interest.

Requirements and Application Information

  • Have a cumulative overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • The program is open to students from all class standings: freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.

Please request a program application from and complete and submit by the deadline indicated on the application to the International and Exchange student Center (IESC).


For program and application information, please contact Besnike Saitoski,, at the International and Exchange Student Center.

For additional program information, you may contact the following faculty members:

Dr. Katherine Baker 
Music Department
(818) 677-3445

Dr. Justine Su
, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department
(818) 677-3801