Harbin is the place to advance your Chinese. Period. The local accent is as standard as it gets, and there’s hardly any local dialect. This means that unlike other cities in China, the Chinese you hear on the streets mirrors what you learn in class. English-speaking foreigners are few, so Chinese is the lingua franca. The result? Immersion is inevitable and progress guaranteed.
Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Your roommate can show you where to get the best Harbin bread and sausage, how to take the subway to the Hei Da book market, and the best spots for hiking in the mountains. You’ll learn new vocabulary every day just by chatting about your life stories. What will you do with your roommate?
One-on-One Chinese Class
As an intermediate or advanced learner, you’re ready to start steering your language skills towards an area that interests you. In this program, you design an independent study—a one-on-one Chinese language class about a topic of your choice. Sino-Russian relations? Urban development? China’s environment? You can study it in your one-on-one.
“I set out to improve my Chinese and challenge myself in a new context outside of the classroom, and I can confidently say I did both of those things. I’m so thankful to have experienced such an amazing program with memories, influences, and friendships I will take with me into the rest of my life.”
- Taylor Ginter, Rice University, Fall 2017
“My Chinese skills had never truly been challenged until the day I landed in Harbin, China. The language pledge and support from teachers really helped me focus on overcoming language barriers and building confidence to speak Mandarin with ease.”
- Saraly Guerrero, Trinity University, Spring 2017
The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.
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.
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 & Transcript
Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Harbin. We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the term, too.
We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.
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.
Need money? CET offers over $300,000 in scholarship awards each year. You can apply for a CET scholarship, or learn about other sources of funding, like Diversity Abroad or the Fund for Education Abroad.
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.