At the Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing program, students attend intensive Chinese language classes for about 4 hours/day, with a minimum of 2 hours/day and a maximum of 6 hours/day. Class size ranges from 1 student to 15 students, and is typically 6 to 8 students. Classes are usually 50 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 and assignments, computer-based exams, and audio recordings of lectures are available for students with documented need.
Classes and group meetings are held on upper floors of a classroom building on campus. There is elevator access to most, but not all, floors. The classroom building is about a .5 km walk from the dormitory building. Both of these buildings are directly accessible from the street—there are no steps to the entrance. Other campus buildings do have a few shallow steps leading up to the entrance.
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 double occupancy dormitory rooms with a local university student of the same gender. Each dormitory room includes a private bathroom. (The dormitory does have a handful of rooms without private baths. Students in these rooms share communal bathrooms. However, these rooms are assigned rarely and only to students without documented need for a private bathroom.) Single rooms or alternative rooming arrangements may be available for gender non-conforming students or students with other documented need.
Small in-room fridges are available for students to rent at low cost. The dormitory includes one shared kitchen that students may use. The shared kitchen, as well as other common spaces—activity room, laundry room—are accessible only by stairs.
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, some of which are free of charge and others which require small fees. There are also several gyms in the area that students may join at their own expense.
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