Why CET China:
CET’s Spring Multi-City program offers an opportunity to study in China for students whose plans to study abroad in China were impacted by coronavirus. Start as a group in Beijing: study Chinese 20+ hours/week and see how quickly your language skills advance. Then, choose where to go next. Options in Beijing, Harbin, Kunming, and Shanghai allow you to pick the curricular option that fits your needs best. Can’t stay for the full program? Opt for Module 1 only and study in Beijing from late April – early June.
Curriculum & Syllabi
You participate in Module 1 and Module 2 for a total of 12 to 16 recommended credits.
Focus exclusively on Chinese language for the first six weeks of the program. You are placed into one of these 6-credit courses:
- BJ/LANG 102: Novice Chinese
- BJ/LANG 152: Novice High Chinese
- BJ/LANG 260: Intermediate High Chinese
- BJ/LANG 402: Advanced Chinese
- BJ/LANG 502: Advanced High Chinese
Syllabi for Module 1 coming soon.
Choose a module option for the final 9 weeks of your time in China. Each option offers a different focus and number of credits. See below for more details.
MODULE 2 OPTIONS & SYLLABI
Available for students of all levels of Chinese. If you remain in Beijing, you are placed into one of these 9-credit courses to continue your Chinese language studies:
Available to students with at least 4 semesters of Chinese. Students take a One-on-One Tutorial, a One-on-Two Drill course, and two content course electives to meet the recommended 10 credits for this module.
You choose a topic and the Academic Director handpicks a knowledgeable teacher to work with you throughout your summer.
- HB/LANG 401: One-on-One Tutorial (2 credits)
- HB/LANG 406: One-on-One Tutorial (4 credits, Research Track only)
one-on-two drill course:
You are placed into this 2-credit course with another student who is at the same Chinese level:
content course electives:
You choose two of these 3-credit content courses:
- HB/LANG 326: Conversation Seminar
- HB/LANG 331: Introduction to Classical Chinese
- HB/LANG 381: Business Chinese
- HB/LANG 411: Selected Readings in Modern Literature
- HB/LANG 414: Introduction to Chinese Newspaper Reading
- HB/LANG 431: Advanced Classical Chinese
- HB/LANG 491: Research Topics for Advanced Learners
Available for students of all levels of Chinese. Choose between two different curriculum options to tailor your second module and meet a total 6 to 9 recommended credits.
- Chinese language + 1 elective
- Chinese + 2 electives (may include internship elective)
You are placed into one of these comprehensive language courses for 3 credits:
- SH/LANG 101: Beginning Chinese
- SH/LANG 151: Advanced Beginning Chinese
- SH/LANG 201: Intermediate Chinese
- SH/LANG 261: Intermediate High Chinese
- SH/LANG 301: Pre-Advanced Chinese
- SH/LANG 401: Advanced Low Chinese
- SH/LANG 501: Advanced High Chinese
Choose one or two of these 3-credit, English-taught elective courses, according to your curriculum choice.
- SH/DEVS 333 Political Economy of Development: China and the World
- SH/EAST 352 Making of Modern East Asia
- SH/ECON 310 International Economics
- SH/ECON 330 The Chinese Economy
- SH/ECON 335 The Chinese Consumer: Remaking the World Economy
- SH/FILM 370 Contemporary Chinese Cinema
- SH/HIST 350 Shanghai: Key to Modern China?
- SH/HIST 355 Comparative History of Economic Thought
- SH/INTS 350 Internship: Bridging Theory and Practice (150 hours. 3 credits.)
- SH/LITR 380 Chinese Literature Today: Cannibals, Consumption, and Global Capitalism
- SH/MKTG 360 International Marketing
- SH/POLI 340 Politics and Governance in China
- SH/URBN 353 Globalization and the Chinese City
- Non-Credit Internship (only available to 6-credit curriculum students)
Module 1: Intensive Chinese language study
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.
Module 2: Choose Your Own Adventure
Customize the second half of your semester in China by choosing the option that works best for you and your academic interests. Want to deep dive into a topic of your own choosing (in Chinese)? Head to Harbin. Looking to intern and gain professional experience? Shanghai’s your destination. And if you want to keep your language study going and cover more material in one semester than you do in the US all year, we have two options for you: Kunming or Beijing. No matter which option you choose, you take advantage of CET’s top notch academic staff and classes that get you out of the classroom and into the city.
You share a furnished room with a local roommate in a dormitory on our host university campuses. All dorms are conveniently located and just a short walk away from CET classrooms, cafeterias, and other on-campus amenities like gyms, tracks, and libraries.
Your roommates are CET-picked students from our local host universities. Want to grab a bubble tea after class? Need to know how to navigate the transportation system? Need to know which pop star you should be listening to? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to China. But more importantly, it gives you someone to share China with.
Eating in China
For meals, take your pick of China’s many cheap eateries, try out each of the campus cafeterias, or cook with your roommate in the dorm’s communal kitchen. Each city has its own distinct cuisine, so you get to explore the many dimensions of the Chinese food scene. Don’t miss guobaorou (the original ‘sweet and sour pork’) in Harbin, pan-fried goat cheese in Kunming, xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) in Shanghai, and of course, the world-famous Peking duck in Beijing.
Module 1 + Module 2 in
Beijing, Harbin, or Kunming
Module 1 + Module 2 in Shanghai
Module 1 Only
Module 2 Choice | Beijing, Kunming, Harbin: $15,490
Module 2 Choice| Shanghai: $16,490
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.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan that 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!
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.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you at your program.
You’ll also receive an official transcript issued by CET at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
- 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. Some modules require higher levels of Chinese.
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.
You send an online recommendation form to a faculty member that can vouch for you academically.
This is an online form that your study abroad office fills out to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. In your online CET account, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor to send the electronic form request.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript to complete your application.
Spring 2020 deadline:
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.