Study abroad programs for college and gap students
The Middlebury School in China sets the bar for Chinese language learning. Whether you choose an MiC program in Beijing or Kunming, you get the best of the best—Middlebury’s excellence in language teaching, and CET’s 40+ years of experience in China. You apply through Middlebury and receive a transcript from Middlebury, but the program is open to students from all schools.
Tailor your learning. When you’ve studied Chinese for a few years, you need specialized attention to take your skills to the next level. In Kunming, past electives have included Environment and Development and Yunnan Ethnic Minorities, while Beijing has included Chinese Politics and Classical Chinese.
Each semester, we take students and Chinese roommates on a hands-on learning excursion that explores an area outside of the city. Previous seminars in Beijing have included a week-long experience in Xi’an where you can experience both the ancient origin of the Silk Road and the center of the modern One Belt One Road initiative. The Kunming program heads to rural Yunnan—a previous excursion visited Dali, a Bai minority autonomous prefecture. Students explore temples, cook local dishes, and transcribe wall propaganda. Through site visits, lectures, and discussions with local residents, you examine a new place through a lens of political, economic, and historic globalization.
Local Roommates. You share a furnished room with a local roommate in a dorm on or near campus. Your roommate can help you with your homework and show you the best your new city has to offer—all while you deepen your language knowledge through your full-time language pledge. Learn more about living with a local roommate.
Eating in China. Take your pick of the budget-friendly campus cafeterias, try every nearby noodle shop, or find your favorite neighborhood restaurant. 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 communal kitchens.