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Program Overview

Program Overview

Interested in studying International Relations? Beijing, as the capital of China, provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand about the Chinese government, its policies and institutions, and its relations with other countries in the region and around the world. This short-term program is designed for students who want to study international relations while living in China’s political and cultural center, and the liveliest academic district in Beijing. All courses are taught by local expert faculty and complemented throughout the program by guest lectures and thoughtfully designed excursions, cultural activities, and volunteer engagements. By combining academic inquiry and exchange with visits to some of China’s most important cultural, historical, and political sites, you will enjoy a rich experience and develop in-depth insights into one of the world’s most rapidly developing and strategically important countries.

Study abroad in Beijing and you’ll:

  • Learn first-hand about the Chinese government and the impact of its policies on both China and its international partners around the world
  • Gain different perspectives on cross-straits relations and China’s role in East Asia
  • Be exposed to an enormous number of world-class speakers from academia, government, think-tanks, journalism, business, and NGOs who give lectures and presentations throughout Beijing
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Volunteering

CIEE will help you find a way to give back to your adopted city by teaching English at a school for blind children or for children of migrant workers, or by volunteering at a local NGO engaged in environmental education. Other volunteer possibilities include helping out with the elderly, organic agriculture, or women’s issues. By choosing to engage with your community in this way, you will have additional opportunities to deepen your knowledge of local issues and to develop your ability to engage in meaningful and culturally appropriate ways with a diverse group of local community members.

Coursework

The program is based at Beijing’s Minzu University, which provides a very lively and multicultural setting for exploring China’s international relations. Courses are designed to provide you with concepts, theories, and knowledge that will help further your grasp of key global and regional issues while developing an understanding of the Chinese perspective and approach to addressing these issues. The program will also feature a series of guest lectures related to international relations, current events, and other political, cultural, and historical issues. These activities will help you to further develop your knowledge, draw ties to concepts and theories you are learning inside the classroom, and exchange ideas with a broader range of local students and academics.

Cultural Activities

The program includes a variety of local cultural activities, including visits to traditional sites in Beijing such as the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven, as well as places only old China-hands know about such as ‘wild’ sections of the Great Wall.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2018 (4 wks)
04/01/2018
05/21/2018
06/18/2018
$3,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,621
Housing
$550
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$325
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$38
Books & Supplies
$25
Personal expenses
$125

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session I and II 2018 (8 wks)
04/01/2018
05/21/2018
07/16/2018
$6,930

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,151
Housing
$1,100
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$650
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$76
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$250

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Sessions I, II and III 2018 (12 wks)
04/01/2018
05/21/2018
08/12/2018
$10,010

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$7,681
Housing
$1,650
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$975
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$114
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$375

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session II 2018 (4 wks)
04/01/2018
06/18/2018
07/16/2018
$3,850

Program Date Notes

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

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,621
Housing
$550
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$325
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$38
Books & Supplies
$25
Personal expenses
$125

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Summer Session II and III 2018 (8 wks)
04/01/2018
06/18/2018
08/12/2018
$6,930

Program Date Notes

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

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,151
Housing
$1,100
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$650
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$76
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$250

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

More Information
Summer Session III 2018 (4 wks)
05/01/2018
07/16/2018
08/12/2018
$3,850

Program Date Notes

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

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,621
Housing
$550
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$325
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$38
Books & Supplies
$25
Personal expenses
$125

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours per session. Students may participate in one, two, or three sessions.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participating in the program will take one area studies course in English per session. In addition, they can opt to take a one credit Communicative Chinese language course during one session.

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About the City

About The City

As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is at the center of activity in China. Beijing is also a reflection China’s long and evolving history. In fact, the city of 22 million people is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites, including 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 city is also home to the largest concentration of top research institutions in China, as well as large diplomatic, journalist, and business communities.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Yuke Jiang

Minzu Program Coordinator, Student Services & Housing Assistant

Jiang Yuke holds a bachelor’s degree from Shaanxi University of Technology and a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Minzu University of China. Previously, she taught Chinese for the Columbia University Summer Language Program and Clemson University Language Program, and was administrative assistant for the College of International Education, Minzu University of China. She was a volunteer of Bring Me Hope Camp for orphans in Xi’an 2009 and in Kunming 2010. After working part-time for CIEE as a language tutor, she started working full-time in 2015, coordinating the Minzu programs and International Faculty Development Seminars, and assisting with student services and customized programs. Yuke described herself as a one minute fan of everything interesting and a life-long addict to music, food, and scenic beauty.

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Karlis Rokpelnis

Karlis Rokpelnis is currently is working on completing a Ph.D. in Ethnoecology at the Minzu University of China, where he conducts research on knowledge and perception of land degradation in the drylands of northwest China’s Ningxia Autonomous Region. Prior to that, Karlis obtained an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Environmental Politics from Whitman College (cum laude). Originally from Latvia, Karlis has lived and traveled in indigenous areas in Canada, Russia, USA, Scandinavia, and Australia, and has lived in China for most of the last decade. Karlis has taught college-level mobile learning courses such as "Ethnic Studies in Tibet" and "Environmental Issues in Yunnan" for study abroad programs in Beijing and Kunming, and has led numerous educational tours throughout China.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Formerly Central University for Nationalities, the Minzu University of China (MUC) was founded in 1951. The university is a unique community where faculty and students from China’s 56 ethnic groups learn together, and more than 60 percent of the student body represents Chinese ethnic minorities. The university consists of 10 colleges, among which the Colleges of Ethnology and Sociology, Fine Arts, Ethnomusicology, Tibetan Studies, and Uyghur Language and Literature are internationally renowned. It also has long historical ties with prominent scholars and universities in North America and Europe, with many of its founding scholars having completed doctoral studies at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the London School of Economics. Today, MUC continues to send its young scholars and graduate students abroad for postdoctoral studies and also frequently invites international scholars to China to conduct joint research projects and to participate in public lecture series. International students have ample opportunities to take part in formal and informal campus events across different colleges and departments.

While MUC serves as the official host for this new program, courses will be delivered by CIEE adjunct faculty and attended solely by CIEE students. In addition to our space at Minzu University, CIEE will also utilize our Study Center space at nearby Peking University in order to facilitate certain classroom and extracurricular activities for the program.

Host Institution

Minzu University

Transportation

Minzu University and the CIEE Study Center at Peking University are both centrally located in Beijing’s Haidian District. The two campuses are located just off Line 4 of the subway system, which is extensive, rapidly growing, and rather inexpensive. The bus network is also expansive and easily accessible and affordable for students. Taxis are clearly marked, can be found throughout the city, and are relatively inexpensive by international standards. The daily commute will depend on the type of housing. Students staying in homestays or traveling between the two campuses will generally commute by subway and/or bus, while students staying in the residence hall will have only a very short walk to the Minzu campus.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. You will live with other CIEE students in a residence hall located across from Minzu University’s west gate, with a Chinese family as part of a homestay, or at a hotel located nearby the university. Students living in CIEE homestays receive breakfast and dinner on weekdays, while students living in the residence hall or hotel will need to purchase and prepare their own food.

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Orientations

Orientations

CIEE recommends that you bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops. Currently, students have both wired Internet access and Wi-Fi in student dormitory rooms via the Minzu University campus network. The Internet usage fee in the dormitory is included in the CIEE program fee. Each host family will have Internet access for you at no extra fee. Wi-Fi access is available at some other locations on campus and at some restaurants and coffee shops near campus.

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Academics

Academics

This program is designed for students who are interested in learning about international relations from a Chinese and global perspective. Students take one area studies course per session (45 contact hours / 3 credits). Students can also choose to take a one credit Communicative Chinese course. Classes are taken on the Minzu campus or at the CIEE Study Center at Peking University.

Academic Culture

All courses are for CIEE students only. Courses are generally lecture-based, but CIEE students are expected to foster an interactive classroom dynamic through class 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.

Nature of Classes

Program is for CIEE students only. Student learning outcomes will be assessed through evaluations, quizzes, exams, homework assignments/special projects, oral presentations, in-class discussions, and reflection pieces based upon participation in out of classroom activities. In terms of intercultural development, students will receive specialized on-site training and complete activities that will help them to properly frame, share, compare, and discuss cultural experiences throughout the summer program.

CIEE Language Development

Students participating in this program will have the option to enroll in a one credit Communicative Chinese course to develop their ability to carry out basic conversations in Chinese related to daily life. In particular, the course will provide students with a foundation in Chinese pronunciation and frequently used lexical items, expressions, and sentence patterns.

Grading System

Grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments/special projects, oral presentations, and class participation. The following letter grades are assigned: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F.

Language of Instruction

English
Chinese (language course)

Faculty

All courses are taught by experts drawn from CIEE local partner universities (Minzu University and Peking University) or other academic institutions.

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Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

INRE 3003 BJCH
China’s International Affairs and Governance

This course provides a comprehensive overview of China’s major international challenges and opportunities, including economic, political, and security issues. While exploring issues such as territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, currency devaluation and trade, and the role of Chinese role in the developing world, students will learn about the major stakeholders and decision-makers within the Chinese Party-State, including large State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs). Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3002 BJCH
History and Future of US-China Relations

This course tracks the development of US-China relations from early interactions during the Qing Dynasty through the Republican and Cold War periods to the present day. Lectures on topics including trade imbalances, cybersecurity, cross-border investments and the roles of American businesses and NGOs in China will be supplemented by field trips to historic sites in Beijing as well as a debriefing from the US Embassy on contemporary and future US-China relations during the Xi Jinping regime. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3001 BJCH
China and East Asia Security

This course examines China’s role in and response to a number of security-related issues, including China’s territorial disputes in the East and South China Sea, North Korea and nuclear proliferation, and disputes with India and Southeast Asian countries over hydropower development. Particular emphasis will be given to how cybersecurity, the modernization of China’s military, and America’s “pivot to Asia” are reshaping East Asian security in the 21st century. Guest lectures will include a talk by a foreign service officer and other international relations experts, and there will be field trips to sites that enhance students’ understanding of China’s security history. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ENVI 3001 BJCH
Global Environmental Politics and Policy

This survey course covers the most important environmental issues of the 21st century, including climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss, energy, water scarcity, the trade of endangered species, and air, food, and water pollution, with particular emphasis on the role of China in causing and addressing these problems. Along with classroom instruction, this course will include field trips to important environmental sites such as a Beijing’s waterways and a water treatment plant, an organic farm, Friends of Nature’s environmental educational center, and a Beijing Environmental Network event. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3002 CBEJ
Government and Politics of China

This comprehensive overview traces the historical origins and structure of China’s Party-State before examining the complex and sometimes contradictory roles of the government in a number of political, social, and environmental issues related to migrant workers, women, youth, businesses, NGOs, journalists, and foreign policy makers. Field trips to important political sites and guest lectures will supplement class instruction. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CHIN 0001 BJCH
Communicative Chinese

This course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture. Contact Hours: 15.

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