At the CET Beijing: Internship program, students typically attend classes for 3 to 4 hours/day. Language classes usually have 2 to 4 students, and area studies class sizes range from 3 to 15. Classes are usually 60 to 90 minutes long, and there is a 10-minute break in between back-to-back classes. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 1 hour of homework for every hour in class. A low-distraction test environment, extra time on exams, a computer to use for exams, readers for exams, note-takers, video/audio recordings of lectures, and modified deadlines and seating are available for students with documented need. Exams are usually taken by hand, without use of computer.
Internships are optional and offer varied work environments and require varied tasks. Interns typically work 3 to 4 hours in the afternoons 3 days/week. Distances and modes of transportation to internship sites vary. Private transportation to and from internship sites can be arranged for students with documented need.
Classes and group meetings are held in the same building as the dormitory. The dormitory/classroom building is located a 2 minute walk from the entrance to the main host university campus. The dormitory/classroom building has elevator access, but there are 5 to 6 steps to the building entrance. CET can provide a mobility orientation to campus and/or a sighted companion for students with documented need. Service dogs are not permitted on campus and in classrooms. The classroom area of the building also contains a kitchen area with a microwave and refrigerator.
After class and on weekends, there are mandatory academic activities and optional trips to nearby sites and other cities. Excursions may involve urban walking, rural hiking, and/or going up and down stairs. Excused absences are available for students with documented need. Some Beijing subways stops offer elevator and escalator access, but some do not, and buses rarely provide wheelchair accessibility. Sidewalks are usually uneven and crowded. Typically only major street intersections provide curb cuts and light/sound signals. Traffic tends to be unruly.
Students share quadruple occupancy dormitory suites. Each suite includes a bedroom with two double beds and a bedroom with two twin beds. CET students share the room with double beds, and local university students of the same gender share the room with twin beds. Each dormitory suite includes two private bathrooms and a living room. Single rooms or alternative rooming arrangements may be available for gender non-conforming students or students with other documented need.
The dormitory includes a shared kitchen with a refrigerator and a laundry room that students may use. These rooms are accessible by elevator.
A variety of health facilities are available in Beijing, and some offer Western mental health counseling services. Other local resources available to students include:
- The Beijing LGBTQ Center
- Black Life China
Students have use of on-campus athletic facilities, which are free of charge. There are also several gyms in the area that students may join at their own expense.
Religious proselytizing is illegal in China. However, worship is not illegal if one attends an established religious organization. There are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Taoist, and Buddhist places of worship in Beijing, but many require a commute outside the campus neighborhood. Past students have also found other religious community groups with whom to worship. Limited approvals for class absences due to religious holidays are available, but must be requested from program staff in advance.
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