CET Beijing: Summer Study Abroad

CET Beijing: Summer At-a-Glance

20 hours/week of intensive Chinese language
Suitable for all levels of Chinese
Full-time language pledge
Live with a Chinese student
Out-of-class learning and assignments
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Whether you’re a complete beginner or a high advanced Chinese learner, a summer of study abroad in Beijing immerses you in Chinese language and culture at every turn. An intensive curriculum, a full-time language pledge, and a local roommate gives you the skills to study in and navigate China. You’ll see significant language gains and study habits to keep you ahead of the curve for years to come.

Academics in Beijing


Students and a teacher in a CET Beijing classroom

Take your Chinese to new heights this summer

Intensive language learning. Each day, you have 4.5 hours of Chinese language classes with some of the best teachers in the field. We flood you with new material, but we also make sure that you have plenty of time to practice it. From joining faculty at a local tea house to getting your roommate’s help with homework, you’ll understand more than you think possible sooner than you can imagine. 

Beijing as your classroom. Attend a dumpling making class and learn relevant vocabulary and grammar, head to a nearby school and discuss your home culture with local students, and even present at the Education Summit alongside your peers. No matter your language level, your summer in Beijing is filled with immersive experiences that have you using your Chinese all around the city.

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 learn where to get the best zhajiangmian (noodles with garlic sauce)? What buses to avoid at rush hour? Where to listen to live music? 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 budget-friendly campus cafeterias and neighborhood restaurants. 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 the dorm shared kitchen. 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 Beijing study abroad students in the on-campus cafeteria

Life in Beijing

CET Beijing study abroad student and local roommate take a photo outside of the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing

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. Spend a semester experiencing incredible food, meeting wonderful people, and enjoying a front row seat to China’s developments. 

Experience Beijing with CET

Around the city. Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that let you see the city, learn about Chinese culture, or just unwind with your classmates and roommates. Learn traditional Chinese painting techniques. See a Chinese improv show. Make dumplings then devour them for dinner. And there’s even more to see on your own.

A Weekend Away. Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city and back to nature. Once a summer, the program takes you on a weekend trip to another part of China. Navigate the winding peaks of Wang Xiang Yan and enjoy the mist of waterfalls at Tao Hua Gu in Anyang. Or visit the Yungang Caves in Datong to witness remnants of the Silk Road and art inspired by Indian, Persian, and Greek influences. See the incredible Purple Mountain Park in Nanjing, then take time on your own to explore. 

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Student Resources

"I especially enjoyed the one-on-one sessions the curriculum included, where every student paired up with a teacher to converse for 25 minutes. By giving us an opportunity to talk about topics that were not strictly included in our textbooks, our language comprehension become much more versatile, enabling us to converse fluidly even with native speakers."

— Daniel Shin,
Vanderbilt University
"Today was my end-of-term oral proficiency interview. “Tell me about yourself,” one of my head teachers told me. Then I spent fifteen solid minutes talking about my family, my best friend, my university, Texas culture, and even American and Chinese relations. More than once I had to restart a sentence to get the grammar right and a handful of times struggled to remember the most sophisticated vocabulary. But by the end of the interview, I sat, flabbergasted, wondering where all of those words had come from."

— Abby Schwendel,
University of Texas at Austin
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On-site Staff

Zhu Li- Director of China Programs

Zhu Li
Director of China Programs

Liang Xia
Summer Academic Director

Drew Kunard
Resident Director

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 receive a transcript jointly issued by CET and CNU 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.

More on finances

Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $6,450 goes to tuition and fees, and $1,740 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

We are excited to announce that our Beijing program will operate as scheduled beginning Summer 2023. For more information, see our Mainland China: Re-Opening Update.

  • • 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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