Beijing, China

Sustainable Development

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Information for term Sustainable Development

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 22, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 26 – Dec 14, 2019 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Feb 14 – Jun 8, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Want to challenge your ideas of sustainable development in one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing countries? Come to Beijing, and investigate the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Through diversified coursework, excursions, and the option for field research, service learning, or independent research, all of China will become your classroom.

Unique Experiences

  • 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.

  • nature reserves

    20
  • subway stations

    334
  • museums and galleries

    144

Location & Culture

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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.

The Culture

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.

PROJECTS

  • 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.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    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.

  • MEALS

    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.

Beijing, China

Where You'll Study

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What you need to know

The program details

The Sustainable Development program introduces this critical field through lectures, discussions, student research, and firsthand experiential activities in China. While considering the needs of future generations, it explores the critical need to balance environmental, sociocultural, and economic needs in development. The program is ideal for students majoring in the social sciences, STEM, or humanities with interests in sustainability, environment, policy and development studies, sociology, or Chinese language.

There is no language prerequisite for this program, although it includes a requirement for Mandarin Chinese language study for those students with no prior Chinese language.

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.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    All courses are for CIEE students only.

  • GRADING

    Language classes: Language course grades are determined by regular exams, homework, quizzes, attendance, and participation. Content courses: Content course grades are determined by active participation in class discussions, attendance, writing assignments and presentations, and mid-term and final papers or other term projects. The following letter grades are assigned: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Classes are generally lecture-based, but students are expected to foster an interactive classroom dynamic through discussions, fieldwork, presentations, observation papers, and group or individual projects. Courses also integrate visits to local sites related to course content. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

PROGRAM CREDIT

  • Total credit for the semester: 15-16 semester/22.5-24 quarter hours.
  • Chinese language courses (offered at beginning and intermediate levels) are 60 contact hours and 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
  • Content courses are 45 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

A full course load is five courses:

  • Those with prior Chinese language study select five content course electives or four content course electives plus one language course.
  • Those with no prior Chinese language study take four content course electives plus one Chinese language course.

Note: Students are placed into the appropriate Chinese language level based on written and oral tests taken during orientation week.

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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CIEE CONTENT COURSES

CIEE Language Courses

Fall 2018 Courses

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CIEE CONTENT COURSES

Some content courses may change from year-to-year depending upon student interest, instructor availability, and new course options.

CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • CHIN 1001 BJCH: Chinese Language, Beginning I
  • CHIN 1002 BJCH: Chinese Language, Beginning II
  • CHIN 2001 BJCH: Chinese Language, Intermediate I
  • CHIN 2002 BJCH: Chinese Language, Intermediate II

Scholarships

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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
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Visa
  • 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

Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 16 weeks Sep 4, 2018 Dec 22, 2018
$15,850
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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 = $13,021 **

Housing = $2,150

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $15,850

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 = $1,100

International Airfare = $1,300 ††

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $1,600

Other = $150 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,500

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

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.

Spring 2019 16 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Feb 14, 2019 Jun 8, 2019
$16,450
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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 = $13,621 **

Housing = $2,150

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $212

Total Fees = $16,450

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 = $1,100

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $1,600

Other = $150

Total Estimated Costs = $4,500

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.

See Scholarships

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

Fall 2019 16 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 26, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*

*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, 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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