Why Gap at CET Beijing?
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, Gap at CET Beijing sets you up with college credits, impressive language gains, and the insight to give your college career a running start.
Why go with Gap at CET?
In our 35+ years within international education, we’ve developed a keen understanding of the student experience abroad and a strong reputation for thoughtful, immersive, and supportive programming.
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.
A Seminar for the Gap Experience*
Taking on a gap term is more than just learning a new language or traveling to another country—it’s an intentional pause in your academic path for personal reflection and exploration. Your intensive language curriculum keeps you busy, but this gap-focused seminar creates a space for facilitated reflection and discussion, as well as activities that help you explore and build skills for the future.
*This course is not offered during summer or Janterm
Practice Makes Perfect
Coursework & Syllabi
Fall or Spring Semester
You combine a not-for-credit gap student seminar and 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 and other Gap at CET students from all over the world meet to reflect and explore topics and issues unique to gap students. This not-for-credit course is taught in English and conducted virtually once a week.
You are placed into the appropriate level of Chinese language for a total of 9 recommended credits.
You are placed into the appropriate level of Chinese language for a total of 5 recommended credits.
Housing & Meals
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.
Director of China Programs
Life in Beijing
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.
Summer 2021: $6,990
Fall 2021: $12,990
Janterm 2022: TBA
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.
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.
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.