Everything in this program is designed to improve not just your Chinese language skills, but your ability to live in and understand Chinese culture. Your Experience Beijing course will show you the full diversity of the city. Each week you’ll focus on a particular destination, research its history and culture, then go outside the classroom to experience it first-hand. You might study historic sites like the Yonghegong temple, for example, to experience the Buddhist temple and understand its blending of Han and Tibetan architectural styles. Since all of this is done in Chinese, your language skills improve as you build a deeper understanding of Beijing.
Your one-on-one tutorial allows you to focus your language learning on a topic that interests you. Get creative! This is your chance to learn not just about the topic itself, but about the technical language you need to turn your knowledge into a senior thesis or graduate school application when you’re back home.
Past One-on-One Topics:
- The Lives of Ancient Concubines
- Film Censorship in China
- LGBTQ Life in China
- Ancient Chinese Poetry
When you’ve studied Chinese for a few years, you need specialized attention to take your skills to the next level. You’ll choose two electives that allow you to apply your language skills to broader subjects. Options vary from semester to semester, but previous courses have included:
- Chinese Politics
- Chinese Theater
- Classical Chinese
Traveling Seminar to Xi'an
Each semester, we take students on a different excursion to explore an area outside of Beijing’s bustling environment. Previous seminars have included a week-long experience in Xi’ian. During the seminar, you can experience both the ancient origin of the Silk Road and the center of the modern One Belt One Road initiative. Through site visits, lectures, and discussions with area residents, you’ll look at Xi’an through the lens of political, economic,and historic globalization. By incorporating this seminar into the MiC curriculum, you’ll have the chance to bond with your classmates and Chinese roommates as well.
You share a furnished room with a local roommate in a dorm for international students on the Capital Normal University campus. The dorm has places to study, simple kitchen facilities, and laundry facilities. The MiC office and your classrooms are just across the skywalk in the next building and the area around campus is filled with plenty of restaurants and shops to browse through after class.
Your roommate is a CET-selected student from Capital Normal University. Want help experimenting with new foods like lurou huoshao (donkey meat and peppers wrapped in a flaky pancake taco)? Join a pickup soccer or basketball game at the park? Visit the hutong (local alleyways) and try traditional street snacks? Your roommate can help you with your homework, and show you the best Beijing has to offer, all while you deepen your language knowledge through your full-time language pledge.
Eating in Beijing
For meals, take your pick of the budget-friendly campus cafeterias, try every nearby noodle shop, or find your favorite neighborhood restaurant. And don’t forget to find your favorite Peking Duck spot—you’re living in Beijing after all.
Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Have a night in with your roommate and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together in one of the dorm’s shared kitchens.