Go Local UM Abroad in Guangzhou

The University of Miami has arranged this 11-week program in-residence in collaboration with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) at Ji Nan University (JNU) in Guangzhou starting from September to December 2020. The Go Local UM in Guangzhou program provides an exceptional living and learning experience to new and returning UM international undergraduate students who are unable to travel to the U.S. this Fall.

Go Local UM in Guangzhou program eligibility: 

  • Chinese citizen/permanent resident (non-US Citizen/Permanent Resident)
  • At least 18 years old by program start
  • Accepted into the University of Miami
  • Full-time, degree-seeking student enrolled for fall 2020 semester in UM remote learning (Full time and part time IEP students are not eligible for this program)
  • Confirmation of health insurance – may be current national or international health insurance

 Minimum Enrollment 

This program will only run if the minimum enrollment requirement of 40 students is met. 



In order to participate in this program, you must submit your request for virtual or remote learning at UM. The request form will be available until July 27. If you have general questions regarding the remote learning request process, you can email remotelearning@miami.edu

UM Online Courses

Go Local UM in Guangzhou students will take UM online courses taught virtual/remote in synchronous (live) and/or asynchronous (recorded) formats by University of Miami faculty. UM online course enrollment must be completed in Canelink and should be confirmed with your UM Academic Advisor.

Total number of credits for Fall 2020 semester

Students must be enrolled in UM remote courses for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 credits. Please speak with your UM Academic Advisor if you have any questions pertaining to UM online course enrollment.



All Go Local UM in Guangzhou students are required to live in the Ji Nan University housing. Housing is double occupancy dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms. WiFi will be included in the student housing. A Resident Assistant (student staff) will live among students to provide additional support.  

A meal plan is not included.


Program Dates

August 17, 2020

UM online course start date

September 19, 2020

Ji Nan move in date

September 20, 2020

Ji Nan and CIEE Orientation

December 4, 2020

UM online course end date

December 5, 2020

Ji Nan move out date

Students will be expected to follow the UM online course academic calendar which is subject to change. The most current UM academic calendar can be found here: https://www.registrar.miami.edu/dates-and-deadlines/academic-calendars/index.html


Student Experience

As part of the Go Local UM in Guangzhou program, students will receive:

  • Opportunity to make progress toward their academic degree through UM remote courses
  • Ability to connect with other UM international students in person and the broader UM community virtually
  • UM Academic support services (academic advisor, access to digital components of UM Libraries, etc.)
  • Online pre-program orientation in collaboration with CIEE to include program expectations, health and safety, and Q&A with staff
  • On-site orientation including pertinent information on student housing, cultural issues, health and safety protocol, local logistics, and helping first-time college students understand expectations
  • Dorm accommodations for students including resident assistants (RAs)
  • Access to Ji Nan University services for all students
  • At least 3 local site visits/excursions and extracurricular events on the Ji Nan University campus (as permitted by local health and safety measures)
  • 24/7 Emergency support

Campus and Program Facilities

University of Miami students will be issued Ji Nan University student identification cards and have access to campus resources. Students will also have access to computer labs, libraries, athletic facilities, cafeterias, and common areas. 

Student Life and Extracurricular Activities

During the program, University of Miami students will have the opportunity to participate in activities like a Welcome Dinner, Thanksgiving Celebration, and additional events.


Program Cost: UM Tuition & Mandatory Fees

Your UM financial aid and scholarships package will be applied to your participation in Go Local UM in Guangzhou. 

UM Tuition Cost

Students will pay semester tuition online in Canelink by August 10. 

UM Student Activity Fee

Virtual/remote learning students may participate in student organizations and related activities via virtual programs and/or events. As a UM student, you will be responsible for paying the $167 Student Activity Fee in Canelink by August 10. 

Go Local UM in Guangzhou Student Program Fee 

Students are responsible for paying a $5,400 USD Program Fee that will cover Ji Nan University housing and on-site support in Guangzhou. Students will pay this fee in Canelink by the appropriate deadline.

Go Local UM in Guangzhou
Charges to UM CaneLink Account


UM Tuition (Semester)


Go Local UM in Guangzhou Program Fee


UM Student Activity Fee


Total Charged to Student’s CaneLink Account



Additional Costs

Students are responsible for all costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses.

Estimated Additional Expenses for students:

  • Books - USD $450
  • Local Transportation - USD $300
  • Meals - USD $1,100
  • Personal Expenses - USD $1,500
  • Transportation Round-Trip Travel - USD $300

Withdrawal Policy

Applicants will be notified of their program admission status by August 4, 2020. Accepted students are required to confirm their space on the program by August 10, 2020. In the event of a participant’s withdrawal after August 10, 2020, the student will be financially liable for all non-recoverable contractual obligations incurred by the University of Miami on their behalf. It is important to note that this obligation may be up to the full program fee amount.

If the program enrollment minimum is not met, students will not be financially liable for the program fee.

 In the event of a complete withdrawal from University of Miami during the Fall 2020 semester, UM tuition will be adjusted according to the tuition drop schedule set by Student Accounts.

Information about Guangzhou, China 

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the capital and most populous city of the province of Guangdong in southern China. On the Pearl River about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km (90 mi) north of Macau, Guangzhou has a history of over 2,200 years and was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road, and continues to serve as a major port and transportation hub, as well as one of China's three largest cities.

Guangzhou is at the heart of the most-populous built-up metropolitan area in mainland China, which extends into the neighboring cities of Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan and Shenzhen, forming one of the largest urban agglomerations on Earth, the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone. Administratively, the city holds sub-provincial status and is one of China's nine National Central Cities. At the end of 2018, the population of the city's expansive administrative area was estimated at 14,904,400 by city authorities, up 3.8% from the previous year. Guangzhou is ranked as an Alpha global city. There is a rapidly increasing number of foreign temporary residents and immigrants from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. This has led to it being dubbed the "Capital of the Third World". (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou)

Information About Ji Nan University  

Ji Nan University is a key comprehensive university listed in Project 211 and jointly established by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and Guangdong Province. Ji Nan Academy, the university's predecessor, was founded in Nanjing in 1906 by the Qing government. Now the five campuses of Ji Nan University are located in three cities, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

 As the first institution of higher education established by the government to enroll overseas Chinese students, Ji Nan University occupies an important position in the history of Chinese higher education. JNU is one of the universities that have had the same name for more than a century and was one of the first to apply the academic credit system in China. It was the first comprehensive university to set up a medical school, the first university to found a research institute of overseas Chinese studies and the first university to start a business school.

Ji Nan University has 56,001 students, including 26,254 full-time undergraduates and 10,555 full-time graduate students (1,465 Ph.D. candidates and 9,090 master's degree candidates). The number of Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, overseas Chinese and international students was up to 13,909, which ranks No. 1 in the nation. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked Ji Nan University No. 11 in Asia and No. 1 in mainland China in population of international students in the 2016 QS Asian University Rankings.

Next Steps

The application deadline for the Go Local UM in Guangzhou application was July 29, 2020.  The program is no longer accepting applications.

For more information about the Go Local UM in Guangzhou program, students can contact golocalumabroad@miami.edu.