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CET Beijing: Intensive Language

Beijing, China

Don’t miss Beijing. This city is where the action is, and it’s where any future China-watcher should put in due time. Gaze up at a high-rise that seemed to be built overnight. Start to create your own network when you visit NGOs or conduct interviews for class. Stroll through galleries and check out coffeeshops at the 798 Art District. Visit the Olympic Stadium. Hike on sections of the Great Wall that tourists would never discover. Book a trip to Shanghai, Singapore, or even Tibet. And if all you want to do is improve your Chinese, you can do that, too, as Beijing is the home to standard Mandarin.

Students tell us that Beijing surprises them—they love the efficient subway, the way the modern city disappears when they’re exploring the hutong (alleys), the variety of street food, the incredible hospitality of their local friends. What will surprise you most about Beijing?

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roommates hugging at the Great Wall of China

Local Roommates

Want to learn where to get the best zha jiang mian (noodles with garlic sauce)? What busses to avoid at rush hour? Where to listen to live music? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city. More importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with.

Capital Normal University

The program is based at Capital Normal University. CNU is a top tier university in China, with 28,000 students and a longstanding relationship with CET—it hosted the first CET program back in 1982.

The CNU campus is large, modern and filled with resources: a gymnasium, sports fields, libraries, student centers. It is close to subway and bus stops, giving you easy access to all of Beijing.

The CET campus spaces have been recently renovated. Renovated classrooms—equipped with air purifiers—are a 5-minute walk from beautiful, brand new dorms, and are bright, modern, and comfortable…perfect for learning Chinese.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a room with a local roommate in a dormitory on CNU’s main campus. The building is for CET students only in an all-Chinese area of campus, away from other foreigners. You won’t hear much English on your way to play ping pong or run on the track.

The recently renovated dorm space is “like a hotel,” in the words of one former student. Rooms offer new furnishings, private bathrooms, and wi-fi access.

For meals, cook in the shared kitchen, or take your pick of campus cafeterias, nearby noodle shops, or neighborhood restaurants.