CET Beijing

Get Closer to Fluency

Take a full load of intensive Chinese classes. Practice your Chinese in real life settings.

  • 20 hours/week of Chinese language classes
  • One-on-one sessions with an instructor
  • Full-time language pledge 
  • Out-of-classroom assignments & learning 
  • After-class help from teachers & roommates 
student writing on chalk board during language class

Intensive Chinese Language

You take 20 hours/week of Chinese language classes with some of the best teachers in the field. We flood you with new material, but we also make sure that you have plenty of time to practice it: learning family-related vocabulary in one class means reading about China’s family planning policies in another, and then interviewing senior family members in a park after class. Need even more practice? Your one-on-one class is designed to target your particular strengths and weaknesses. 

Classes that Bring Beijing to Life

Your classes get you practicing your Chinese out in the city, where it counts. Exchange stories about food, sports, and culture with students at a local high school. Discuss diplomacy with US diplomats. Head to a restaurant with your teacher, and ask the server about menu items before ordering.

And at least once a semester, your curriculum slows down for a theme-based week of language practice. These weeks have you practicing the Chinese you’ve learned as you interview locals and prepare an in-class presentation on your findings. Past themes have included China’s environmental issues, the Chinese hukou (household registration) system, traditions and modernization, and gender equality.

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Full-Time Language Pledge

All students uphold a full-time Chinese language pledge, even beginners. There’s no denying that speaking Chinese 24/7 is hard. But we think it’s absolutely worth the effort. (And past students agree with us.) Just wait until the first time you wake up in the morning and realize that you dreamed in Chinese…

Committed Teachers...And Friends

This program has been perfecting the art of language teaching since 1982. The teachers are dedicated, patient, and highly skilled. Word by word, phrase by phrase, they help you make the Chinese language your own. The best part? You get to see these wonderful teachers outside of class, too. On Fridays, each class heads out to lunch to celebrate the end of the week. It’s not long before your teacher feels like a friend…a friend who helps you learn to speak great Chinese.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Fall 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.

Beginning & Intermediate

You are placed into one of these courses:

BJ/LANG 100 Beginning Chinese
17 credits
BJ/LANG 150 Advanced Beginning Chinese
17 credits
BJ/LANG 200 Intermediate Chinese
17 credits
BJ/LANG 260 Intermediate High Chinese
17 credits


You are placed into this course:

BJ/LANG 300 Pre-Advanced Chinese
14 credits

You choose one of these electives:

BJ/LANG 320 Intermediate Chinese Newspaper
3 credits
BJ/LANG 340 Intermediate Business Chinese
3 credits

Advanced & Advanced High

You are placed into one of these courses:

BJ/LANG 400 Advanced Chinese
13 credits
BJ/LANG 500 Advanced High Chinese
13 credits

You take this course:

BJ/LANG 416 & BJ/LANG 516 Classical Chinese
2 credits

You choose one of these electives:

BJ/LANG 420 Advanced Chinese Newspaper
3 credits
BJ/LANG 440 Advanced Business Chinese
3 credits
BJ/LANG 455 Independent Study
3 credits

Teacher Training & Development

Because the success of the program starts in the classroom, CET continually fine-tunes its faculty training and professional development programs.

  • Mentoring and demo-teaching. Each new teacher is paired with a seasoned lead teacher for one-on-one mentorship and feedback.
  • Group preparation sessions. All instructors prepare lessons as a group, ensuring that classes in each level remain cohesive and integrated.
  • Ongoing class observations & peer critiquing. Classes are monitored daily, and each instructor has at least one class session video-taped for peer review.
  • Teaching positions at US schools. CET facilitates temporary US teaching contracts for many instructors, and has sent faculty to teach at the Middlebury Summer School every year since 1997.

Workshops by US Scholars

Continuing a tradition that started in 1996, CET invites US scholars to conduct teacher training workshops annually.

Bai Jianhua, Kenyon College
Feng Yu, Brandeis University
Chu Chengzhi, University of California, Davis
Li Kai, Oberlin College
Liu Fang, Oberlin College
He Baozhang, College of the Holy Cross
Ao Qun, United States Military Academy
Liu Yuehua, Harvard University
Cecilia Chang, Williams College
Cornelius Kubler, Williams College
Hu Wenze, United States Naval Academy