Why CET Beijing:
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a high advanced Chinese learner, CET Beijing in the summer immerses you in Chinese language and culture at every turn. An intensive curriculum, a full-time language pledge, and a local roommate will give 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.
Curriculum & Syllabi
CET Beijing Curriculum
You take one comprehensive Chinese language course for a total of 9 credits.
CET Harbin Curriculum Track
Option for Summer 2021
Students with 5 or more semesters of college-level Chinese (or the equivalent) may opt for the CET Harbin Curriculum Track offered at CET Beijing in summer 2021 in lieu of the CET Beijing curriculum above. Students who choose the Harbin curriculum take a One-on-One Tutorial, a One-on-Two Drill course, and two content course electives to meet the recommended 10 credits. Questions about this option? Contact Alexandria Waters, Student Services Coordinator.
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)
You are placed into this 2-credit course with another student who is at the same Chinese level:
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
Intensive Chinese 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. Need even more practice? Your one-on-one targets your particular strengths and weaknesses for greater spoken fluidity and comprehension.
Classes that Bring Beijing to Life
Learning Chinese isn’t just about being in the classroom. This program focuses on giving you the Chinese you need to enjoy the city around you. For example, you might attend a dumpling making class, but you won’t just be cooking. Your professors will teach you the vocabulary for the ingredients and cooking methods, discuss the cultural relevance of dumplings, and learn what holidays they are associated with. Taking language learning out of the classroom and into real life is what study abroad is all about, and this program gives you plenty of chances to do just that.
You share a furnished room with a local roommate in a recently renovated dormitory. The building is primarily for CET students in a central area of CNU’s main campus. Your roommate will serve as a tremendous resource to help you setup your Chinese cell phone, show you how to order in the cafeteria, or help you find the best tea shop around.
Your roommate is a CET-picked student from Capital Normal University. Want to learn where to get the best jianbing (savory breakfast crepe)? What buses to avoid at rush hour? What mobile apps are going to make life in China easier? 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.
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.
Craving 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.
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 summer experiencing incredible food, meeting wonderful people, and enjoying a front row seat to China’s developments.
Activities & Excursions
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. Learn to play badminton, then compete for 1st place in the CET tournament. And there’s more of Beijing to explore on your own— perfect your performance of Chinese pop songs at KTV, learn how to play jianzi (Chinese hacky sack) with locals in Beihai Park, wander the grounds of the Forbidden City.
Adventure in Nature
Beijing is a vibrant international city, but 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.
Director of China Programs
Summer 2021: $7,690
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 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!
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 in Beijing.
You receive an official 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.
- 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.
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 fills out 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 of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
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.