AGNR's China 2+2 Program

AGNR's China 2+2 Program

Background of 2+2 Program

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 received the first Xiamen student in August 2017.

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.

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

For more information about the 2+2 Program, you may contact:

Ms. Yike Xu
Title: 2+2 Assistant Coordinator
Office Address: 1114 Symons Hall

Student Resources




2+2 Student Ray An Snags Acceptances at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Penn, -- to name a few -- which will he choose?  AGNR news, April 6, 2017


"AGNR Doubles Down on China 2+2 Programs,"  Maryland International, Fall 2015, pg. 10.



"Expanding Borders with 2+2: College of AGNR’s 2+2 foreign exchange program adds new partnership and area of study," AGNR news, Oct.. 15, 2015



Yumeng Fan was a Peer mentor in the College of Agricultural & Natural Resources, assisting U.S. and international students with studying and advice. Fan knows the demands of studying in another language and living in another culture, and she felt she could counsel others, especially those in the international student population. “My advisor did so much for me that I wanted to help students who need advice,” Fan explained as the reason she applied to be a peer mentor." Globalmaryland, Spring 2015 


"Asian/American Educational Alliances Benefit Students,"   AGNR's Momentum magazine,  Spring 2009, pg. 16


"New Program Spread's Agriculture's Roots,"  Between the Columns, University of Maryland, Feb. 5, 2009


"Putting Down Roots," Maryland International, Spring 2009, pg. 4

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