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With 22 million Chinese-speaking people to share the city with, Beijing is the place to give your Mandarin skills a major boost this summer. With premier instruction, tutoring, homestay, travel, and awe-inspiring icons like the Great Wall and Forbidden City, you’ll pack a year’s worth of learning into one unforgettable summer.
MAKE MARKED LANGUAGE PROGRESS
with 20 hours of intensive classroom instruction plus 3 hours of tutoring each week.
GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CITY
with visits to treasured places only locals know about.
VOLUNTEER OR PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES AND LECTURES
that illuminate coursework and heighten your understanding of Chinese culture.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites6
years of history3,000
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With a population of 22 million and counting, people from all over China and the world have flocked to this cultural center, as China’s economy and international power have grown. A fascinating blend of the very old and the ultra-modern, it’s home to 15th century treasures like the Hall of Supreme Harmony and stunners like Beijing National Stadium, a.k.a. the Bird’s Nest. The jam-packed cosmopolitan city buzzes with a lively arts scene, and boasts a record number of top research institutions and technology companies.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Visit incredible sites loaded with history, like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
- Choose a theme-study weekend and expand your horizons. You might visit the birthplace of Confucius in Qufu, as you examine traditional Chinese philosophy; visit the bustling port city Dalian to explore urbanization; or visit a village and hike in northern Shanxi province to dig into the environment and rural governance.
- See contemporary art, and musical and theatric performances, or take a day hike near Beijing.
- Learn about contemporary Chinese issues like international economics, cross-cultural communication, sustainability, and film with a special series of lectures given by scholars and other experts.
- Language Tutoring. To ensure progress in fluency, each student is paired with a PKU graduate student or CIEE instructor for three one-on-one tutorials and one one-to-three Language and Culture Practicum session each week. Tutors practice conversation and help with homework.
- Expert Talk Series: Regular lectures in English by experts in their field.
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Homestays: Living with a host family option is ideal for students who want to establish relationships with Chinese people, live in a total Chinese-language environment, and make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study. Students have their own bedroom and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom (some have a private bathroom). Host families live within a 45-minute commute of campus. The commute can take more than an hour when traffic is bad.
Residence Halls: Zhongguanyuan Global Village has inviting, comfortable accommodations. Students live in suite-style units with one or two roommates (CIEE students or other international students). Each student has a private bedroom, and shared living space and bathroom. Internet access and share kitchens included.
Homestays: Students are invited to family meals up to 14 times during the week, and should budget for other meals, including lunch on campus.
Residence Halls: Meals are not included. Students typically eat at student cafeterias or at inexpensive restaurants on and around campus.
Where You'll Study
Students walk and use public transportation, which is easily accessed.
What People are Saying
CIEE has a reputation for being the most intensive language study program available, specifically the Beijing Summer Intensive Chinese Language Program. This is a reputation that the program lived up to, and so I will of course recommend it to others in the future.Brennan, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Summer 16
Hanging out with my new CIEE friends. Also, being able to listen and understand my homestay mom after a month of studying feels amazing.John, The University of Tennessee, Summer 16
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CIEE’s Intensive Chinese Language program is designed to help students improve fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese through intensive language training. Students can also take one or two courses instructed in English to enrich their understanding of China’s capital city. Students agree to speak Chinese to encourage language and cultural acquisition. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.
Chinese language courses are taught by faculty from the Peking University School of Chinese as a Second Language. Electives are taught in English by CIEE faculty. Students receive a certificate of achievement from Peking University after completing the program.
Peking University (PKU) was founded in 1898 and has a long tradition of scholarly excellence and political activism. The prestigious PKU focuses on advanced research in the natural and social sciences. The campus, previously an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty, hosts 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PKU has modern classrooms and recreational facilities, many cafeterias, and easy access to mass transit – all within short walking distance.
CIEE Beijing is conveniently located on the campus of Peking University.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
Not a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau (includes permanent U.S. residents)
2 Chinese language courses
Total credit: 10-12 U.S. semester/15-18 quarter credits
- Chinese language courses: 5 U.S. semester/7.5 quarter credits; 75 contact hours
- CIEE elective courses: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours
Students are expected to work independently and diligently. The pace is fast, and students are expected to prepare for each class with at least four to five hours of work.
Classes are capped at 15 to ensure individual attention and participation. Students take a Readings in Chinese and Spoken Chinese course at the appropriate level. Readings in Chinese consists of five, two-hour Chinese classes per week. Each textbook lesson is broken into five components. Each textbook includes 10 to 12 lessons, completed in eight weeks. Spoken Chinese consists of five, two-hour Chinese lessons per week. Each textbook includes 12 lessons, completed in eight weeks.
Grades are based on exams, homework, quizzes, attendance, and participation.
Language of Instruction
Chinese and English
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Summer 2021 course offerings and syllabi will available late fall.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
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Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.
Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
- CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.See more scholarship info
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Dates & Fees
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.
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