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CET Beijing: Intensive Language
Summer

Summer in Beijing

Anyone who wants a career that involves China needs to spend time in Beijing, and being there for a summer is the way to do it. See the sites, absorb the history, follow the politics, improve your Chinese. Then, when you return to China after graduation, you’ll have your Beijing experience in your back pocket, and the entire country will be yours.

Local Roommates

Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Your roommate can show you where to get the best dumplings, how to bargain at the wholesale clothing market, and the latest trends in music and slang. You’ll get an insider perspective on social and political issues…and help with your homework, too. What will you do with your roommate?

Total Chinese Immersion

You’ll take a full load of Chinese language classes, live with a Chinese roommate, and if that’s not enough, you’ll uphold a full-time language pledge, too. Our instructors—some of the best in the field—structure the classes to maximize your progress. It won’t be easy, but when Chinese starts pouring out of your mouth without your thinking about it, we think you’ll agree that it’s worth the effort.

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Summer 06/14/2017 08/13/2017 9 Weeks 8 $7,290
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None March 1
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Daily Life in Beijing

Stroll through the 798 Art District. Get lost in the hutong (alleys). Volunteer at a non-profit. Don’t skip Beijing. This city is a must-visit for any future China watcher, and it will surprise you…in very good ways.

Capital Normal University

The program is based at Capital Normal University. The CNU campus is resource-packed, and close to public transportation. The CET buildings have been recently renovated—the classrooms, equipped with air purifiers, are bright and the dorms are akin to a three-star hotel.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a dorm room with a local roommate. The building is for CET students only, away from other foreign student housing…you won’t hear much English around you. For meals, take your pick of cafeterias or neighborhood restaurants.

Curriculum & Syllabi

You take one course.

You are placed into one of these courses:

CL111 Beginning Chinese
8 credits

CL161 Advanced Beginning Chinese
8 credits

CL211 Intermediate Chinese
8 credits

CL271 Intermediate High Chinese
8 credits

CL311 Pre-Advanced Chinese
8 credits

CL411 Advanced Chinese
8 credits

You practice your language out in the city. And you make huge strides in Chinese.

An intensive language program like this one isn’t just about taking a full-load of fast-paced Chinese classes. It’s about daily one-on-one sessions with a teacher. It’s about assignments that get you using real Chinese (converse with students at a local high school, discuss diplomacy with US diplomats, interview senior citizens). It’s about your local roommate showing you where to listen to live music. It’s about a 24/7 Chinese language pledge. It’s about taking Martial Arts classes or going out for zha jiang mian (noodles with soybean paste sauce) after class. This program pulls it all together. The result? Your Chinese will never be the same.
Faculty Spotlight

Feng Yu, Academic Director

Dr. Feng Yu comes to CET from Brandeis University, where he serves as Professor & Director of the Chinese Language Program. Before joining the Brandeis faculty, Dr. Feng spent 13 years at Harvard University, reshaping Harvard’s advanced Chinese language program and publishing a series of textbooks. He also played a critical role in the design of the Chinese AP test by serving the College Board and ETS. He is the author of many books on Chinese language, philosophy, and history, including one on modern Chinese written expressions, an advanced Business Chinese textbook (Close the Deal), and a Chinese philosophical text (Heaven and Man).

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $5,690 goes to tuition & fees, and $1,600 goes to housing.

Summer

$7,290/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,850 for airfare and $850 for meals. Students typically spend about $900 on personal expenses, too.

What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange your housing in the dormitory, and find you a local roommate, too.

Visa Support

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll need to do the legwork, but we pay the consular fees if you obtain your visa through the service we recommend.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Beijing. We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the term, too.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from China, meals, 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.