Middlebury School in China

Middlebury School in China: At-A-Glance

16 hours/week of intensive Chinese language
One-on-one research tutorial
Full-time language pledge
Live with a Chinese student
Out-of-class learning and assignments
Traveling Seminar for hands-on learning
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The Middlebury School in China sets the bar for Chinese language learning. When you choose MiC in Beijing , 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.

Academics at Middlebury


Students and a teacher in a CET Beijing classroom

Immersive Learning in Beijing

Big city vs. nature. Where you choose to study shapes your curriculum. Studying in Beijing grants you access to country’s political heart while a semester in Kunming connects you to the cultures of Chinese ethnic minorities and natural resources.

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. 

One-on-one tutorial. Explore a topic that interests you and learn the technical language you need to turn your knowledge into a senior thesis or graduate school application when you’re back home. In Beijing, past students have explored LGBTQ Life in China and Film Censorship in China. In Kunming, past topics include Music of Ethnic Minorities in China and The Impact of China’s Unequal Economic Development.

Traveling Seminar

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. 

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Housing and Meals

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Living Like a Local

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.

CET Shanghai summer study abroad student and her roommate play a board game in their room

How to Apply

Fall deadline:

March 15th

Spring deadline:

November 1st

Have a question? Get in touch!

Tara Sun Vanacore

Senior Program Manager, China
[email protected]

CET Jordan: Academic Consultation Board

Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program. 

Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to:


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