Loyola Marymount University and The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies have signed a transfer admissions agreement that will enable Chinese students to receive guaranteed admission to select programs at LMU if they meet specific requirements.
The pact – which marks LMU’s first international transfer agreement – would provide a pathway for eligible students from The Beijing Center to enroll at LMU as early as fall 2021. LMU today has 30 transfer admissions agreements in place with community colleges in California and Arizona, and each year enrolls more than 450 transfer applicants, of whom 20 percent are international students.
“LMU transfer admission programs are grounded in our university mission, the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, and the service of faith and the promotion of justice,” said Maureen P. Weatherall, vice provost of Enrollment Management. “We greatly value our partnership with The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies and look forward to welcoming students diverse in talents, interests and cultural backgrounds to enrich our educational community and pursue their academic goals at LMU.”
LMU has a longstanding partnership with The Beijing Center, a not-for-profit center for higher education and research that was founded in 1998 by Ron Anton, S.J. Serving as a hub for the international Jesuit higher education network in mainland China, the center is committed to fostering mutual understanding between China and other cultures through cultural exchange, education and research.
The Beijing Center has offered LMU students and faculty opportunities to participate in study abroad and short-term exchange programs in China. The transfer admissions pact offers a new channel of exchange, as LMU will be able to welcome students from The Beijing Center’s American Pathway Program. These students spend one to two years taking transferable courses at the center while preparing for admission to U.S. colleges.
In addition to the admission guarantee, the agreement provides students access to transfer and pre-admission advising, writing center support, and international student support services. It covers programs in LMU’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, College of Communication and Fine Arts, and College of Business Administration.
“We are so pleased to celebrate this new partnership to help make the transfer process easier and seamless for TBC’s Chinese students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree at LMU,” said Simon Koo, executive director of The Beijing Center.“ The partnership is consistent with TBC’s mission of promoting cross-cultural exchange rooted in Jesuit education.”