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CUDC (China UK Development Centre) Exchange Programme

a 2-week cultural/academic exchange with Universities in China

The College has an annual Exchange Scheme in collaboration with CUDC (China UK Development Centre) and Maxer Education Institute. This cultural / academic Exchange Programme allows 12 undergraduate students to visit two prestigious Universities in China, in order to gain insight of the Chinese culture and way of living. The aim of the programme is to promote long-term interests in other cultures and increased international understanding.


Undergraduate students from all year groups (including finalists) and across all subjects are invited to apply. The selection is done on the basis of academic excellence and the successful applicants are the ones who are expected to benefit more from the Exchange Programme.


St John’s students are invited to go to China for 2 weeks. The nominated students will be divided into two groups of 6. One group will visit China in the Easter break and the other in September. The exact dates for this year's programme are: 25th March – 06th April 2017 and 09th September – 21st September 2017.

Please make sure that you state in your application your preference or if you would like to be considered for any of the two options.


St John’s students will be involved in a mixture of academic and cultural activities, during their visit to China. These activities may include:

  • Lectures, focusing on aspects of the Chinese culture, history and way of living
  • City tours
  • Museum visits
  • Visits to Chinese companies or institutions
  • Dancing and music performances

For example of previous Exchange Programmes organised by CUDC/Maxer, please see the attached documents at the bottom of the webpage.  

Costs covered

  • Travel / Insurance / Visa costs
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Programme activities during their visit in China.

Additional Information

The exchange students from China normally visit Cambridge in the Long Vacation. We hope that some of the host students will be able to assist their peers during their visits, if this is possible. The visiting students will have the opportunity to benefit from academic lectures, as well as participate in cultural events, day trips to London and Oxford and visits to leading companies.

Application Procedure

The application procedure starts on Friday, 18th November 2016 and the deadline for applications will be on Monday, 19th December 2016.

Students who wish to apply will be asked to also enclose: (i) a basic CV, and (ii) a personal statement of the reasons why they are interested in the Exchange Programme and how they feel that it would benefit their academic and personal development. Please remember to state which of the two periods you are applying for or if you would like to be considered for any of the two options.

In the meantime, Student Services would be happy to respond to informal enquiries and requests for information.


“Thank you from all my heart for the opportunity of taking part in CUDC Exchange! This exchange opened my eyes and taught me that trying new things makes you a more complete person and, in my case a more self-aware student. I do not feel any tiredness at all, I just feel richer from many points of view“

-          Maria Romina Ivan, 1st year Mathematics, Spring 2016