Beijing, China

Summer International Relations

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Information for term Summer International Relations

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 18 – Jul 16, 2018 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Explore international relations in China, where global power is on the rise. Dig into policy, influence, history, security, environmental impact, and more, with classes taught in English – and take the first step toward decoding Chinese language. Add volunteer work and unforgettable sites like the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, and you’ve got a powerful summer adventure that’s bound to change your future.

Unique Experiences

  • Get fresh insights from world-class speakers

    with backgrounds in academics, business, government, journalism, and more.

  • Learn about Taiwan-China relations

    and China’s role in East Asia through a different lens.

  • Explore the impact of Chinese policy

    in China and around the world at the source.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • restaurants

  • years of history


Location & Culture

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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.

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The Culture


  • Visit mind-blowing sites loaded with history, like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and discover “wild” sections of the Great Wall tourists miss.
  • Connect with Chinese people by helping seniors, teaching migrant children, or supporting organic agriculture.
  • Study on the lively Minzu University campus in the heart of Beijing.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: Host families live within a 45-minute commute of campus. It’s easy to commute from homestays and between campuses by subway and/or bus. However, the commute can take more than an hour when traffic is bad.

    Residence Halls: Located across from Minzu University. Students in residence halls walk to campus.


    Homestays: Hosts provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays. Students are responsible for the rest of their meals.

    Residence Halls: Meals are not included. Students prepare their own meals, or eat at student cafeterias or inexpensive restaurants on and around campus.

Beijing, China

Where You'll Study

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    Getting Around

    Both locations are in the central Haidian District, with easy subway and bus access.

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What you need to know

The program details

This summer program is ideal for students interested in learning about international relations from Chinese and global perspectives. Students take one area studies course per session (taught in English), and can also learn communicative Chinese.

Students attend courses at Minzu University of China (MUC), taught by CIEE adjunct faculty from MUC, Peking University, or other Beijing universities. (Founded in 1951, MUC welcomes faculty and students from China’s 56 ethnic groups. The university includes of 10 colleges, and has ties with prominent universities in North America and Europe.) Students also participate in classes, activities, and gatherings at CIEE.



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    Classes are open only to CIEE students.


    Final grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments/special projects, oral presentations, and participation. Letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F are given.


    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.


Program Credit

  • Students enroll in 3 – 4 semester / 4.5 – 6 quarter hours per session
  • Content courses: 3 semester hours, 45 contact hours
  • Language course: 1 credit, 15 contact hours

Students take one course – taught in English – per session, and can also opt to enroll in Communicative Chinese language.

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.

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

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
  • Admissions documents needed to obtain visa
  • 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

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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Fees & Housing

Summer Session II 2018 4 weeks Jun 18, 2018 Jul 16, 2018
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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 = $2,621 **

Housing = $550

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $3,850

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 = $325

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $38

Books & Supplies = $25

Personal expenses = $125

Total Estimated Costs = $1,813

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

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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