College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

China 2+2 programs

In Fall semester 2008, nine China Agricultural University students made up the first co-hort of 2+2 students in AGNR and at UMD!    Since then, three other Chinese universities became partners: Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University, Yangling; Jiangnan University, Wuxi; and South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou.  In 2015, Xiamen University became our partner in an environmental sciences program.  We hope to receive the first Xiamen students in August 2016.

AGNR is the first college at the University of Maryland College Park to implement a "2+2" transfer program.  Following two years of study at a foreign university, participating students transfer to Maryland where they complete their education and earn a bachelor's degree.

The idea of a 2+2 program between UMD and Chinese universities began in 2004 when UMD's President Dan Mote and then-President of China Agricultural University (CAU) Chen talked about developing a 2 +2 program.  They agreed that providing undergraduate students the opportunity to interact with and get to know undergraduates from different cultures would be advantageous for students from both the United States and China and began developing a memorandum of understanding to institute such a program.

Then in 2007,  AGNR's Dr. Cheng-i Wei, and Dr. Ray Miller, director of the college's Office of International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources (IPAN), met with CAU students on a trip to China, where they presented an overview of UMD and AGNR programs. Eighteen students applied to the 2+2 program in a highly competitive process, and nine students arrived in College Park in August 2008.

Here is a selection of articles about our 2+2 students: 

2+2 Student Ray An Snags Acceptances at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Penn, -- to name a few -- which will he choose?

April 6, 2017, AGNR news

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"AGNR Doubles Down on China 2+2 Programs," Office of International Affairs, University of Maryland, Fall 2015
"Asian American Educational Alliances Benefit Students," AGNR's Momentum magazine,  Spring 2009, pg. 16
Global Perspective
New Program Spreads Agriculture's Roots"  Between the Columns, Feb. 5, 2009
"Putting Down Roots,"Maryland International, Spring 2009, pg. 4

About 2+2 Students

 "Here, I am seeking and realizing my dreams. Here, I am growing up. "said Kaiqin, an AREC major 2+2 student from Northwest A&F University.

  • Generally begin studying English at a young age.  In order to qualify for the 2+2 program, students must have advanced English skills in reading, writing and speaking.
  • The majority of students go to graduate school.  They have gone to UMD, Yale, Columbia, UC Davis, University of Florida, to name a few.
  • Most of our students are from China Agricultural University, the number 1 ranked agricultural university in China.
  • Enrollment in AGNR majors:
    • Agricultural & Resource Economics
    • Nutrition and Food Science
    • Plant Science or Landscape Architecture
    • Animal & Avian Sciences
    • Environmental & Natural Resources


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