Beijing, China

Chinese Language & Culture

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Information for term Chinese Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 13 – Jul 10, 2021 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 11 – Aug 7, 2021 (4 weeks)


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This program is cancelled for Summer 2020. Discover our new Chinese program in Taiwan!

Master your language and chopsticks skills in the heart of China.

Catch a sunrise at the top of the Great Wall. Tour the world’s biggest palace and Imperial garden in your own back yard. Get your fill of dumplings and Peking duck. It’s amazing how much you can pack in during a month in this exhilarating city. Even with morning Mandarin class, one-on-one tutoring sessions and language practicums in the field, you’ll still have time to learn martial arts or calligraphy, visit world-famous sites and linger in countless museums. (There are nearly 150 museums in Beijing, depending on how you count.)

Afternoons are spent out on the town, practicing your conversational skills in real time. Haggle in markets, interview locals, join your mates on exciting cultural activities and excursions to local sights. Twice a week you’ll hang with local teens to practice your language skills — while visiting museums or playing basketball or Frisbee in the park. Weekends are the time to shop, cook, explore and enjoy meals and everyday life with your host  family.

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in Mandarin Chinese by local teachers, including 6 hours of one-on-one tutoring, and 12 hours of indoor and outdoor language practicum activities

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Mandarin Chinese, and documented language growth through pre- and post- program testing

Location & Culture

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Discover ancient treasures in Beijing, the center of Chinese culture since the Ming dynasty.

The capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is a massive city, second only to Shanghai in population. Beijing is home to the world’s longest wall (the Great Wall), the largest palace (the Forbidden City complex) and the largest Imperial garden (at the Summer Palace). The National Museum, filled with ancient treasures, is one of the world’s largest museums and the third most visited. (Topped only by the National Museum of Natural History in NYC and the Louvre in France.) Did you know? Beijing is also the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. As one of the bicycle capitals of the world, it is praised for its bike-friendly city planning.

As for food, there are more options that you can imagine. Choose from hundreds of restaurants serving everything from moo shu pork to Texas barbecue. Go for the donkey burger if you dare!

Though huge as Beijing is, you will find it is easy to navigate around the city by 19 subway lines, extensive buses and affordable taxis. The fastest high-speed trains heading out of Beijing take 4 hours and 30 minutes to Shanghai.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blogs.


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Activities & Excursions


  • Visit the Forbidden City Museum, an amazing complex housing the former Chinese imperial palace dating from the Ming dynasty in 1420.
  • Tour the National Museum in Tiananmen Square, location witnessing the most significant changes of modern China.
  • View an amazing 3-D model of the city and learn about its rapid expansion — from ancient palaces to mile-high skyscrapers.
  • Master new skills in martial arts, or try your hand at Chinese painting or calligraphy.
  • Catch an exhibit or fashion show at the 798 Art Zone, a district abuzz with modern galleries, design studios and international culture.
  • Hike up to the top of the Great Wall for breathtaking views of Beijing and beyond. Marvel at this feat of engineering that winds all the way to the Gobi Desert.
  • Spend a leisure afternoon in a cat café or in a designed book store
  • Have a bit on variety of Chinese food and snacks, and also try out world-wide popular menus.

​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • All proficiency levels.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2021 4 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jun 13, 2021 Jul 10, 2021
Summer Session II 2021 4 weeks Dec 4, 2020 Jul 11, 2021 Aug 7, 2021

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