Beijing, China

Summer Intensive Chinese Language

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Information for term Summer Intensive Chinese Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jun 17 – Aug 10, 2019 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 10-12 semester hours / 15-18 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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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.

Unique Experiences


    with 20 hours of intensive classroom instruction plus 3 hours of tutoring each week.


    with visits to treasured places only locals know about.


    that illuminate coursework and heighten your understanding of Chinese culture.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • restaurants

  • years of history


Location & Culture

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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.

The Culture


  • 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.


Daily Life

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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.

Beijing, China

Where You'll Study

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    Getting Around

    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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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Beijing is located at Peking University. It opened in 1980, and has many notable alumni, including former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner. This summer program is designed to help intermediate and advanced students improve fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese while they learn about life in China’s capital city.

Peking University (PKU). Founded in 1898, prestigious PKU has a long tradition of scholarly excellence and political activism. The campus, previously an imperial garden, 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.

Students agree to speak Chinese in certain situations to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

Chinese language courses are taught by faculty from the Peking University School of Chinese as a Second Language. Electives are taught by CIEE. CIEE’s special advisory committee works tirelessly to maintain high standards at all CIEE locations in China, advising staff on curriculum and other aspects of teaching Chinese as a second language.

Students receive a certificate of achievement from Peking University after completing the program.


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    Classes are capped at 15 to ensure individual attention and participation. Students take one Readings in Chinese and one 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 and quizzes , and attendance and participation .


    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.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    Not a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau (includes permanent U.S. residents)


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 10-12 semester/15-18 quarter hours
  • Chinese language instruction: Contact hours - 160; credit – 10 semester/15 quarter hours
  • Electives: Contact hours - 15; credit – 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours

Each term, students take up to four courses:

  • Readings in Chinese
  • Spoken Chinese
  • 1-2 optional one-credit Chinese language courses, depending on student’s level, or CIEE elective taught in English

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.

Summer 2018 Courses

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  • CHIN 1011 CBSU: Readings in Chinese – Elementary
  • CHIN 1013 CBSU: Spoken Chinese – Elementary
  • CHIN 2011 CBSU: Readings in Chinese – Intermediate
  • CHIN 2013 CBSU: Spoken Chinese – Intermediate
  • CHIN 3011 CBSU: Readings in Chinese – Advanced I
  • CHIN 2013 CBSU: Spoken Chinese – Advanced I


  • EAST 3001 CBSU / SOCI 3001 CBSU: Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society
  • CHIN 3005 CBEJ: Language and Culture Practicum
  • CHIN 2001 CBSU: Learning Chinese Through Drama
  • CHIN 3001 CBSU: HSK Test Preparation – Advanced


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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Chinese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


No Hidden Fees


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 17, 2019* Aug 10, 2019*
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $5,321 **

Housing = $1,150 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $7,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $800

International Airfare = $1,500

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $25

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $3,675

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students; students who elect to take the HSK Chinese Proficiency Exam Preparation Add-on will be billed a supplemental fee of $500 for intensive instruction and practice in HSK test taking (15 hours), as well as housing (off-campus, double-occupancy), exam registration fee, and transport to the exam site in Beijing. The supplemental fee will be billed approximately two weeks after the program starts.

*** four meals per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the dormitory option

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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