CET Beijing: Janterm

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Springboard into Spring

The condensed Janterm gives you all the advantages of a full semester—intensive classes, a language pledge, a local roommate—but in a quarter the time. You can attend Janterm on its own, or let it lead the way into spring. Whatever you choose, Janterm just about guarantees that you’ll arrive on campus in the spring all warmed up and ready to soar.

Local Roommates

Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Your roommate can show you where to get the best dumplings, how to bargain at the wholesale clothing market, and the latest trends in music and slang. You’ll get an insider perspective on social and political issues…and help with your homework, too. What will you do with your roommate?
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The Time for Beijing is Now

Anyone who wants a career that involves China needs to spend time in Beijing. Beijing is where it all happens, and there is much to discover. See the sites, absorb the culture, learn the history, follow the politics, improve your Chinese. Then, when you return to China after graduation, you’ll have your Beijing experience in your back pocket, and the entire country will be yours.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Janterm 12/28/2018 01/31/2019 5 Weeks 5 $4,390
What’s Included
3 Semesters of Chinese October 1
Spring/Fall Learn More About the Semester Program
Summer Learn More About the Summer Program

Living in Beijing

Stroll through the 798 Art District. Get lost in the hutong (alleys). Go outdoor ice skating in Zhongshan Park. Volunteer at a non-profit. Warm up over a steaming Beijing-style hot pot dinner. Don’t skip Beijing. This city is a must-visit for any future China watcher, and it will surprise you…in very good ways.

Capital Normal University

The program is based at Capital Normal University. The CNU campus is resource-packed and close to public transportation. The CET buildings have been recently renovated—the classrooms are bright, modern, and equipped with air purifiers.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a room in a dormitory that feels more like a hotel than a dorm. The building is for CET students only, away from other foreign student housing. Choose to eat at cafeterias or neighborhood restaurants.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Janterm 2018 or prior? Your syllabi can be found here.

You take one course.

You practice your language out in the city. And you make huge strides in Chinese.

An intensive language program like this one isn’t just about taking a full-load of fast-paced Chinese classes. It’s about daily one-on-one sessions with a teacher. It’s about assignments that get you using real Chinese (converse with students at a local high school, discuss diplomacy with US diplomats, interview senior citizens). It’s about your local roommate showing you where to listen to live music. It’s about a 24/7 Chinese language pledge. It’s about taking Martial Arts classes or going out for zha jiang mian (noodles with soybean paste sauce) after class. This program pulls it all together. The result? Your Chinese will never be the same.
Faculty Spotlight

Zhu Li, Director of China Programs

Before serving as Director of China Programs, Zhu Li served as Academic Director at CET Beijing for almost 15 years. She has also served as Chinese instructor at Middlebury College, Capital Normal University in Beijing, and Hochschule Bremen University in Germany, and has taught all levels and aspects of Chinese language. She has earned certification in the areas of Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) testing, the development of multimedia teaching materials, and the conducting of Oral Proficiency Interviews. The author of numerous publications and the recipient of many teaching awards, Zhu Li brings to the program superior teaching skills and intimate familiarity with CET and the field of Chinese language teaching, and has trained countless Chinese language teachers over the years.

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $3,490 goes to tuition & fees, and $900 goes to housing and other related costs.


$4,390/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,500 for airfare and $325 for meals. Students typically spend about $450 on personal expenses, too.

What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is bring a camera.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange your housing in the dormitory, and find you a local roommate, too. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.

Visa Support

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.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Beijing. We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the term, too.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from China, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

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. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.