Why CET China: Virtual Intensive Language and Culture at CET Beijing?
CET China students are looking for a challenging term of significant language gains and ways to meaningfully connect with Chinese culture. Spend January or an 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 4 credits.
- 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
- CH/LANG 102: Novice Chinese
- CH/LANG 152: Novice High Chinese
- CH/LANG 202: Intermediate Chinese
- CH/LANG 262: Pre-Advanced Chinese
- CH/LANG 302: Advanced Low Chinese
- CH/LANG 402: Advanced Chinese
- CH/LANG 502: 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.
Class in Session
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.
Add an Internship, Too*
Complement a summer of intensive language learning by adding on a Global Virtual Internship in China. Connect with local professionals in Shanghai or Taipei as you can explore all types of industries—from fintech to journalism, or business consulting to music. It’ll be a busy summer, but you’ll leave with impressive gains in language and work experience.
*Not available for Janterm
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.
Note: If you choose to add the Global Virtual Internship program to your summer, you’ll receive a $500 discount off your total program fees.
Janterm 2022: $3,250
Summer 2022: $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.
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.
- 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.
If you’d like to add a Global Virtual Internship to complement this program, you will be prompted with next steps in your online application.
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.
Janterm 2022 deadline:
Summer 2022 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.