Information for term Sustainable Development
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Dates: Feb 12 – May 29, 2020 (15 weeks)
- Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA
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Challenge your ideas of sustainable development in one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing countries. Study abroad in Beijing and investigate the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Ideal for students majoring in social sciences, STEM, or humanities with interests in sustainability, environment, policy and development studies, sociology, or Chinese language. Students take classes at CIEE Beijing with CIEE students only, and there’s no language prerequisite for this program. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
Visit locations outside of Beijing
experience daily life, and see firsthand the complicated effects of rapid development, industrialization, and urbanization in China.
Give back to your host location
by painting a classroom in a village school, building a pipeline from a well to a village, or teaching English at an elementary school.
Experience Minzu University of China (MUC)
a top university with many founding scholars educated at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the London School of Economics.
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As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is a city of more than 22 million people adapting as China emerges as a global player. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Take a tour of a historic and culturally significant sites in and around Beijing - such as Tiananmen Square, the “wild” Great Wall, and the Forbidden City - the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty.
- Explore the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty - the lavish and elaborate burial sites of thirteen Ming emperors which have been designated as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Learn about environmental, social, and economic issues in contemporary China and enroll in Field Research Methods for a hands-on exploration of local sustainability issues.
- Visit the 798 Art Zone, or Dashanzi Art District, a complex of 50-year-old decommissioned military factory buildings boasting a unique architectural style that blends aesthetic and functionality in rapidly growing cities.
- Immerse yourself in Chinese culture by living in a homestay. Build relationships with your Chinese host family, live in an entirely Chinese language environment, and make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study.
- Volunteering. Volunteer for Chinese NGOs doing research, serving meals, or teaching.
- Peer Tutoring. Meet weekly with your one-to-one tutorial teacher, a local student studying to be a teacher of Chinese as a second language. Together, you’ll do homework, chat about your daily lives, and engage in activities outside the classroom.
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Homestays: Students stay with host families who live within 45 minutes of campus by public transportation and have two or three bedrooms. Students have their own room and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. (With some host families, students may have their own bathroom.) Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment, and make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study.
International Student Apartments: The College of International Education at Minzu University of China (MUC) has a new housing complex, called the West Gate International House, with apartments for international faculty members and students. Two CIEE Study Abroad students are assigned to each apartment, which includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and washing machine. The area surrounding the West Gate International House is culturally vibrant, offering a variety of ethnic restaurants, shops, bookstores, and an evening market.
Housing between semesters is not included in the program fee, although CIEE center staff will be able to help advise students on possible options.
Homestays: Students living with Chinese host families receive two meals per day from the family.
International Student Apartments: Meals are not included in the program fee for students living in the international student apartments. Meals on campus may be purchased at the local student cafeteria.
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What you need to knowThe program details
CIEE’s Sustainable Development program introduces this critical field through lectures, discussions, student research, and experiential activities in China. This program explores the critical need to balance environmental, sociocultural, and economic needs in development, while considering the needs of future generations. All Chinese language courses are taught by adjunct faculty hired by CIEE who specialize in teaching Chinese as a second language. Content courses are taught by experts drawn from CIEE local partner universities (Minzu University and Peking University ) or other academic institutions.
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Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.
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Total credit: 15-16 U.S. semester/22.5-24 quarter credits
- CIEE elective courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
- Chinese language courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
- CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, 100-120 research hours
Language of Instruction
English and Chinese
- Students with prior Chinese language study select five content course electives or four content course electives plus one language course.
- Students with no prior Chinese language study take four content course electives plus one Chinese language course.
Students are placed into the appropriate Chinese language level based on written and oral tests taken onsite during orientation week.
Spring 2020 CIEE CoursesClick to Open
Communication, Journalism, and Media
Languages and Cultural Studies
Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment
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
- Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
- CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
- MSI 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.
YOUR FEE INCLUDES:
- 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
- Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
- Excursions and/or Study Tours
- Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
- 24/7 emergency on-site support
Fees & Housing
|Spring 2020 15 weeks||Deadline Passed||Feb 12, 2020||May 29, 2020||
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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 = $15,021 **
Housing = $2,150
Insurance = $167
Visa Fees = $212Total Fees = $17,850
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 = $1,100 †
International Airfare = $1,300 ††
Local Transportation = $300
Books & Supplies = $50
Personal expenses = $1,500
Other = $150 †††Total Estimated Costs = $4,400
CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
† for students in apartments; homestay students may spend less as they are typically invited to family meals four times during the week
†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
††† onsite visa change/extension fee (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.
To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, 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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