CET Beijing: Janterm Study Abroad

Janterm: At-A-Glance

20 hours/week of intensive Chinese language
One-on-ones with an instructor
Full-time language pledge
Live with a Chinese student
Out-of-class learning and assignments
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Janterm study abroad students at CET Beijing are progress-driven learners committed to taking on a challenging five weeks of Chinese language learning. This condensed term abroad offers all the advantages of a full semester—intensive classes, a language pledge, a local roommate—but in a quarter of the time. Janterm can be taken on its own or paired with a spring semester in Greater China.

Academics in Beijing


Student studying in a CET Beijing classroom

Give your Chinese the boost it needs

Intensive Chinese language learning. You study Chinese language for 4.5 hours a day with some of the best teachers in the field. We flood you with new material, but we also make sure language is not taught in isolation. Each week, classes study a particular theme, with an out-of-the-classroom language practicum one of those days. You might study a Chinese Holiday one week and visit the Capital Museum the next. 

Practice makes perfect. An intensive language program isn’t just about fast-paced language classes. It’s about one-on-one sessions with a teacher each day. It’s about interviewing locals for your assignments. It’s about committing to a 24/7 language pledge. This program pulls it all together, and Janterm gives your Chinese the boost it needs to continue on to a spring semester in China or continue your studies back home.

Housing and Meals

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Living Like a Local

Local Roommates. Your roommate is a CET-picked student from Capital Normal University. Want to grab a bubble tea after class? Need to know how to navigate the transportation system? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city. But more importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with. Learn more about living with a local roommate. 

Eating in Beijing. For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eateries, try out each of the campus cafeterias, or cook with your roommate in the dorm’s communal kitchen. And in the capital city, you have access to regional cuisines from all over China. But don’t forget to try some of Beijing’s specialty dishes… Peking duck, anyone? Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Beijing. 

*Note: In light of China’s COVID restrictions, the local roommates component of the program may not resume right away. CET will make every effort to make local students a part of the program, likely serving as language exchange partners and cultural resources.

CET students and local roommates enjoy dinner at a restaurant

Life in Beijing

Fountains shooting up outside of the Forbidden City

People flock to Beijing to experience the cultural and political capital of China. Historical and cultural sites are everywhere— including 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites—the standard local accent makes it a great place to study language, and the accessible public transportation makes it easy for students to get around. And in a bustling city with a lively calendar of events like Beijing, you’ll never be bored. 

Experience Beijing with CET

Around the city. Experience the grand, ancient architecture of the Forbidden City from within its walls, then hike up the hill in Jingshan Park for one of the best views in the city. Try ice skating at the Summer Palace. Go see a comedy show in Chinese. Get to know local students over a game of badminton. Every Janterm offers different activities and opportunities to help you discover the bustling city of Beijing. 
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Student Resources

"The teachers that I was so privileged to have at CET Beijing were excellent, in and out of the classroom. They were always willing to help, regardless of the subject matter. The office faculty made themselves available to you throughout the day leaving their door open and encouraging students to stop by, even if it was just to chat."

— Abigail Dickstein,
Kalamazoo College | Janterm student
"I went from knowing no Chinese at all to being able to hold a conversation with others in Chinese and navigate my daily life in a Chinese-speaking country. This program has provided me a strong foundation from which to continue building my Chinese-language skills, which is exactly what I wanted out of this experience."

— Abby Dieter,
University of Kansas | Fall student

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On-site Staff

Zhu Li- Director of China Programs

Zhu Li
Director of China Programs

"Each week's lessons had a broad theme, and each Wednesday we would leave campus to visit a public place that revolved around that topic. For example, when we were studying environmental issues, we had the opportunity to visit a NGO based in Beijing that does global work to encourage sustainable economic development. "

— Kaylee Henderson,
Kalamazoo College | Janterm 2020

Program Fees



What's Included

All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.

We arrange for you to live in a dormitory with a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs. 

From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way. 

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.

You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.

The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!

Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.

You’ll receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and CNU. If your home institution requires a School of Record transcript, CET is able to provide one through the University of Minnesota. 

More on finances

Students wearing masks about to tour a museum in China
Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $4,050 goes to tuition and fees, and $940 goes to housing and other student life fees.

Local Cost of Living. Day-to-day cost of living in Beijing is generally cheaper than the United States. Meals and transit are cheaper, but western comforts (restaurants, coffee, etc.) cost about the same or more than they do in the US.

Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: 

How to Apply

Please note that programs in Mainland China have not operated since Fall 2019 due to COVID-19. We remain optimistic that students will be able to study on the Mainland soon and will update applicants with the latest information as we receive it. 

  • •  Pre-requisites: None. Open to students of any Chinese level, including absolute beginners
  • • Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
  • • Open to students from any US college or university
  • • GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
  • • Open to all levels of Chinese, from absolute beginner to advanced

Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.

Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.

Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.

This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request,  simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.

Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.



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Have a question? Get in touch!

Joelle Leinbach

Student Services Coordinator
[email protected]

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.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.

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