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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Description:
Program will run from early July to mid-August; final program dates will be updated by end of Fall 2018
The Program
  • Take intensive Chinese language courses for six weeks at the Beijing Languages and Cultures University (BLCU), the premiere institute for Chinese language study. 
  • Supplement your language learning with a course in Chinese Calligraphy and conduct guided research in an area of Chinese Studies. 
  • Participate in program excursions in and around Beijing to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, as well as longer weekend tours outside the city.  Past tours have visited Tianjin and Shandong.
Your Host City: Beijing
Beijing, the capital of China sits on North China Plain.  It is flanked by mountains to the north and west, which shield the city from the encroaching desert steppes.  It is the political, educational, and cultural center of China and the nation's most populous city with over 15 million residents and 4.5 million cars.  The architecture reflects the city’s ever-changing persona.  Here you will find the stark Soviet-like monuments and buildings, glittering temples, traditional gardens and modern skyscrapers—all packed into one city. 

Faculty Director Profile:
Richard Simmons

Professor Simmons' research focuses on the history, geography, and relationships of the Chinese dialects. He has lead study abroad programs to China since 2002.

Email Professor Simmons at:

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

Students enroll in three courses totaling 9 credits from the following list
  • Chinese Language (Required for all students): Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced, pending placement at the start of the program (4 credits)
  • Chinese Calligraphy elective (2 credits)
  • Guided Research in China elective (3 credits)
Classes are taught by experienced professional Chinese language teachers from the Beijing Languages and Culture University.  Language classes meet five times a week.  Calligraphy classes meet two days a week.  The Guided Research in China course meets weekly at specially arranged times.  Regular attendance is expected.  You will also have the option of arranging private tutoring with a local BLCU student.  It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.

Language Pledge
The goal of the Intensive Mandarin in Beijing program is to immerse students in the Chinese language.  For this reason, you will be asked to pledge to speak only Chinese during the entire length of the program.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about Chinese history, culture, and contemporary society.  Past excursions have included sites and monuments of cultural importance, including the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, and Summer Palace, the 798 Arts District, Tianjin, and Shandong.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in double rooms on the BLCU campus with other students on the program.  You will be responsible for your own meals.  On the BLCU campus, students will have access to the internet, and dining and gym facilities.  There are also lots of restaurants and marketplaces nearby.

Financial Information
For more information about finances, including additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.