Perhaps you’re interested in a China-related career, or maybe you’re just looking for an immersive challenge with a critical language. Either way, a gap program at CET Beijing sets you up with college credits, impressive language gains, and the insight to give your college career a running start.
Coursework & Syllabi
Fall or Spring Semester
You are placed into the appropriate level of Chinese language for a total of 17 recommended credits.
You are placed into one of these 11-credit courses:
You also take this corresponding 3-credit course:
Then you choose one of these 3-credit electives:
You are placed into the appropriate level of Chinese language for a total of 9 recommended credits.
Intensive Chinese Language Learning
You take intensive Chinese language classes with some of the best teachers in the field, alongside highly motivated gap students and college undergraduates at the same level. With regular one-on-one sessions, a full-time language pledge, and in-country immersion, this program will push your skills to the next level. And you don’t just study Chinese, you learn how to study Chinese—so you start college with the knowledge, experience, and study habits to set you apart from your peers.
Practice Makes Perfect
You share a furnished room with a local roommate in a recently renovated dormitory. The building is primarily for CET students in an all-Chinese area of Capital Normal University’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 bubble tea around.
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? Which apps help you hail a cab to dinner or order waimai (food delivery)? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city, culture, and language. More importantly, it gives you someone to share all those things 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. Feeling a home-cooked meal? Have a night in with your roommate and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together in the dorm’s shared kitchen.
EXTRA Support FOR GAP
With the sudden dive into intensive college-level courses, a brand new environment, and a foreign language and culture, we make sure that our gap students get a little extra support. You’ll have weekly meetings in English with the Resident Director and other gap students to unpack your experiences. Overwhelmed by culture shock? Need ideas for how to bond with your roommate? Or maybe you just want to share the details on your favorite new breakfast spot. These weekly meetings provide a safe space for gap students to discuss and reflect, though all students are always welcome to approach staff with any issues.
Director of China Programs
People flock to a place like Beijing because it’s where the action is. You have all the perks of living in a major city—diverse people, great public transportation, cuisine from all over the world, a busy calendar of events for all interests—while still enjoying everything that makes Beijing unique. Spend a semester soaking up the city’s longstanding culture and history, mix of ancient and modern architectures, and even six UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Activities & Excursions
See a New City
Enjoy worry-free travel with CET-hosted trips that take you out of Beijing. Explore a new city with your classmates and roommates—Xi’an to visit the terracotta warriors, Nanjing to walk on the ancient city wall, Hangzhou to hike around beautiful West Lake. In the summer, you might hike the Taihang mountains or explore the Yungang caves of Shanxi Province. Every term is different. And half the fun is getting there. Playing cards on an overnight train ride is a great way to make new friends.
Spring/Fall 2020: $12,590
Summer 2020: $6,890
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.
Costs for Fall/Spring
Costs for Summer
To be eligible for a Gap at CET program, you:
- Must be 18 or order at the time of program participation
- Should have a high school diploma but are not yet enrolled at a college or university degree program
- Are recommended to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
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 teachers.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
A phone interview with a CET staff member is a required step of the application process. You will be contacted soon after the completion of your other application materials.
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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.