Why CET Virtual Intensive Language and Culture at CET Beijing?
CET China students are looking for a challenging summer of significant language gains and ways to meaningfully connect with Chinese culture. Spend this at-home summer building your critical language skills alongside a team of dedicated teachers, motivated peers, and a tried-and-true intensive Chinese language curriculum.
You take one comprehensive Chinese language course that combines a group class with a one-on-one component to meet a total of 9 recommended credits.
You are placed into one of these 9-credit courses:
- CH/LANG 101: Novice Chinese
- CH/LANG 151: Novice High Chinese
- CH/LANG 201: Intermediate Chinese
- CH/LANG 261: Pre-Advanced Chinese
- CH/LANG 301: Advanced Low Chinese
- CH/LANG 401: Advanced Chinese
- CH/LANG 501: Advanced High Chinese
Intensive and Interactive
Take your critical language skills beyond the app on your phone. Spend three hours a day studying Chinese language in a live, interactive classroom with like-minded peers and teachers invested in your personal progress. Your classes are rich with cultural content and help you build communication skills for functioning in everyday life in China. By the end of summer, you’ll have both language gains and a robust framework for successful independent Chinese learning in the future.
Ask any of our alumni and they’ll tell you one-on-one classes are the best way to make progress towards your language goals. You and a language instructor meet one-on-one each day to put your Chinese to work—whether that’s practicing weaker areas, working on conversational fluidity, or simply engaging in further discussion about the day’s lesson.
Your language classes are online and synchronous—meaning you’re interacting with your instructor and classmates live between China and the US. A live online classroom means you can get your questions answered on the spot, participate in in-class discussions, practice your skills with your language exchange partner, and get instant feedback from your teachers on important details like tones and pronunciation.
Intern Abroad, Virtually
With much of the world working from home in times of social distancing, you also have the option to virtually intern abroad. Gain unique insight to how organizations in China are adapting to ‘the new normal’ and connect with local professionals in Shanghai or Taipei. Should you choose to participate in this non-credit internship in Greater China, you can explore all types of industries—from fintech to journalism, or business consulting to music.
A Day in the Life
Each day starts with your group class for two class hours*. This section makes the bulk of your learning with the introduction of lesson content (grammar and vocabulary), drills, and discussions. Afterward, your one-on-one gives you the opportunity to put everything you’ve learned into practice. You spend one class hour with an instructor that facilitates the active application of the day’s lessons for maximum comprehension. And as is standard for intensive language learning, you can expect one hour of homework for each class hour.
*1 class hour is 45 minutes
Accessing Local Culture
Your classes include activities that help you connect with your host culture and engage with the locals from all over China. You might interview a native speaker on gender equality or tradition versus modernization, attend a lecture on the the Opening and Reform Policy by someone who’s lived through it, or debate current issues with students from Capital Normal University. You might be staying stateside for the greater good, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on cultural learning.
Summer 2020: $4,990
All of your classes, other program-related learning components, and access to our online learning platform are included with your tuition.
All cultural learning activities and opportunities to connect with local, native speakers are included in your program fee.
If you choose to virtually intern, we help you land the internship and make sure you’re prepared. And after you get started, we stay in close touch with your host organization to provide support all summer long.
From troubleshooting tech issues to helping you acclimate to an online learning environment, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You receive a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota at the end of your term.
- 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 virtually.
You send an online recommendation form to a faculty member that can vouch for you academically.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript to complete your application.
Summer 2020 deadline:
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.