Qingdao, China – Located in Shandong Province (east of Beijing and north of Shanghai), Qingdao is bordered by the Yellow Sea on two sides and is a coastal city located across from South Korea. As the fourth largest port in China, Qingdao is now a major gateway into China for Western companies. A city of 8.5 million, it covers 500 sq. miles, yet has the feel of a much smaller city. The university regions possess a smaller metropolitan atmosphere with shops, restaurants, and close proximity to beaches.
Over the past few decades it has become a major second home destination for Chinese tourists, with beautiful beaches, clean air, and local attractions such as Mt. Laoshan, one of China’s major scenic resorts and with a reputation as the “No. 1 Famous Mountain on the Sea”. It is also a famous Taoist mountain boasting both mountainous and coastal scenery.
For over thirty years, up to 1949, the city was a colony of Germany and Japan. As a result, European architecture heavily influences specific neighborhoods. This foreign architecture, a remnant of the colonial past, now beautifies this seaside city.
Ocean University’s campus is conveniently located to beaches, restaurants and the new subway system for access to many sections of the city.
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The UVM program will be based at Ocean University. Dormitory rooms are conveniently located on campus within walking distance to classrooms. Each student has a choice of staying in their own private room, or sharing with another student in a double room. Dorm rooms are en suite and come fully furnished with a single bed, TV, desk and chair. The rooms also include storage area for clothes and personal belongings. Students staying in dormitory buildings have access to washing machines and a kitchen.