High School & Pre-College
International Career Pathways: Beijing, China

Epic Summer. College Credit. Lifelong Impact.

arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/28/2018 07/29/2018 4 Weeks 4 $5,500
What’s Included
None March 31

Explore careers. Practice Chinese language. Soak up Beijing.

Get a jump-start on college and explore international careers in China’s political and cultural capital. Explore a world of future work possibilities in international development, media, healthcare, law, technology, education, and business. Gain a unique understanding of the opportunities and skills that are integral to professional work options around the world.

After your morning in class, head out into the city to visit workplaces and meet with working professionals. You’ll also have time to see Beijing with friends and use your Chinese language skills as you explore the endless wonders of the city.

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Get Inspired. See Your Future Career in Action.

  • NGOs and non-profits
  • Local TV networks
  • US Embassy
  • Law offices
  • Technology start-ups
  • International schools
  • Trade organizations
  • Traditional Chinese medicine clinics



Conversational Chinese

1 credit/15 hours

Offered at beginning and intermediate levels. Includes supporting vocabulary for success in the core course. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.

Introduction to International Careers

3 credits/45 hours

This introductory course provides an overview of careers in fields such as diplomacy, journalism, health, law, business, and education in an international context. Classroom study is complemented by visits and onsite sessions at locations throughout the city.

This course will cover:

  • An inventory of your own career interests
  • Importance of language and cultural knowledge
    in the workplace
  • Informational interviewing
  • Identifying the values and needs of potential employers
  • Entrepreneurship in the international context
  • A variety of a career paths
  • Incorporating career considerations into college choice and undergraduate study

Your Home Base in Beijing

Your classrooms and dorms are centrally located at Beijing Union University, a public university where CET also conducts intensive Chinese language training for US diplomats. Restaurants, shops, banks, public transportation, and other amenities are all located within walking distance of the main gate. You’ll share a dorm suite with other CET students that includes a living room and bathroom. You’ll eat most meals at the on-campus cafeteria and have access to campus resources like a gym, sports fields, ping pong tables, and student lounges.

Gotta See Beijing

Beijing, China’s capital, is one of the great urban centers of the world. Beijing has it all: history, art, politics, culture, international influence. Go back in time when you visit the Forbidden City. Then fast forward to the modern day as you explore the 798 Art District, a vibrant, eclectic area for modern art, design, and 21st century architecture. Take a paddleboat ride in Purple Bamboo Park. Walk where emperors vacationed in the Summer Place. Taste authentic Peking duck with your group.

Out and About

  • Try your hand at haggling for antiques at Panjiayuan, one of Beijing’s largest flea markets.
  • Explore unique hutong alleys or take a walking tour at Shichahai Lake.
  • Experience an acrobatics show packed with gravity-defying feats.
  • Hike along the Great Wall of China with classmates and local buddies.


A Typical Day in Beijing

8:00 am: Grab a jianbing (crepe stuffed with egg, scallions, and cilantro) before class.

9:00 am: Discuss the top 10 skills employers look for in class and how you can develop them in your careers course.

11:00 am: Learn how to order properly at a restaurant. Act it out with your teacher and classmates.

12:00 pm: Put your new vocabulary into practice when you order lunch at the campus cafeteria.

2:00 pm: Visit a TV station and see a news show being filmed.

5:00 pm: Play a game of basketball on-campus with Chinese students.

6:30 pm: Dinner in the cafeteria with your RA to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.

8:00 pm: Movie night in the dorm with Chinese snacks.

Group Flight

CET arranges an accompanied group flight from Washington, DC for students. The cost of the group flight is billed separately.


$5,500/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,850 for the group flight plus airfare or other travel costs to the departure city.  Students typically spend about $200 on personal expenses, too.

What's Included

Courses & Textbooks

Every course you take on the program is included in your tuition. We even supply the textbooks, too.

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is grab your camera.


We arrange your housing in the dormitory with other students and plenty of resident staff nearby.


All of your meals are covered by tuition. Special dietary needs? We’ll help you accommodate those, too.

Supervision and Staff Support

We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage is included in your tuition.


We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the program…the icing on the cake of your college applications.

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Application Requirements

CET seeks motivated high school students interested in a fun and challenging summer experience. The online admissions process includes submission of an application form including short essays, an official high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher. CET advisors are available to help choose the program that will be the best fit for you. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 31. Students are generally expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply early to ensure space is available in your first-choice program.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from China, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

Price Subject to Change

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.