Middlebury School in China: Beijing

Middlebury College & CET

The Middlebury School in China sets the bar for Chinese language learning. Whether you choose an MiC program in Beijing, Kunming, or Hangzhou, you get the best of the best—Middlebury’s excellence in language teaching, and CET’s 30+ years of experience in China. You’ll apply through Middlebury and receive a transcript from Middlebury, but the program is open to students from all schools.

Local Roommates

Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Your roommate can show you how to book train tickets, where to get the best biangbiangmian (Shaanxi style pulled noodles), how to use Chinese social media. And since roommates uphold the same language pledge that you do, you can be sure that it won’t be long before Chinese slang is rolling off your tongue.
Temple of Heaven

Inside Beijing

Anyone who wants a career that involves China needs to spend time in Beijing. Beijing is where it all happens and this program—with its focus on political science, economics, and the arts—gives you access. See the sites, absorb the culture, 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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Spring 02/13/2019 06/02/2019 16 Weeks 16 4 Semesters of Chinese October 1
Fall 08/28/2019 12/15/2019 16 Weeks 16 4 Semesters of Chinese March 15
Academic Year 08/28/2019 TBD 32 Weeks 32 4 Semesters of Chinese March 15

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Daily Life in Beijing

Play jianzi (Chinese hacky sack) with locals. Visit Caochangdi art district. Play in the weekly game hosted by the university’s Ping Pong Club. Eat food from all over the world. Explore the subway system. 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 facilities are fantastic—smart classrooms with touch-screen TV’s, many quiet corners for studying, public transportation right outside the gates—and campus life is active with many welcoming student organizations.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a room with a local roommate in an international students’ dormitory on campus. The dorm rooms are excellent—akin to a three-star hotel. For meals, take your pick of campus cafeterias or neighborhood restaurants.

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Chinese and the City

You’ll take an Experience Beijing class that focuses on the city you call home for the semester. Some assignments have you reading about the city, and others get you out the door exploring it. Take a walking tour of the hutong (the city’s oldest residential areas) with the Beijing Historic Preservation Society. Experience the Peking Opera alongside your peers. Explore the start-up scene in Beijing’s Zhongguancun. It won’t be long before you are a Beijing expert, with the Chinese skills to prove it.

One-on-One Tutorial

You tell us about what in China interests you, and we create a one-on-one Chinese language class about that topic. Be creative with your one-on-one! This is your chance to get a head start on senior thesis research, or simply learn the kind of Chinese that appeals to you.

Some Possible One-on-One Topics

Contemporary Chinese Art
The Concept of “Face” in China
LGBTQ Life in Beijing
Women’s Rights and the Feminist Movement in China
Beijing City Planning
Sino-US Economic Relations
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Educational Inequity in China
Chinese Internet Culture and Language
Modern Chinese History
Classical Chinese Folk Tales

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Start to Specialize

At your level, it’s time to give your Chinese the specialized attention it needs. You’ll choose two electives. Classes are small (typically 3-4 students), so you’ll have plenty of individual attention from the instructor as you steer your Chinese in a specific direction: business, literature, Classical Chinese, political science, social issues.

Total Chinese Immersion

As if taking an intensive load of Chinese classes weren’t enough, you’ll also uphold the 24/7 Middlebury Language Pledge. There’s no denying that the Pledge is challenging. But you won’t be in it alone. Students in this program are known for taking the Pledge seriously as a group. (And they are rewarded for their efforts at the end of the semester with excellent Chinese.) And remember, Chinese is not just for getting homework done. You’ll also have the chance to unwind in Chinese with weekly activities and co-curricular classes—learn the art of traditional Chinese tea, join a basketball game, explore temples, hike on the Great Wall.

Traveling Seminar

Pack your bags for a week-long trip to explore Chinese globalization through the sites of Xi’an—the ancient origin of the Silk Road and the center of the modern One Belt, One Road Initiative. Led by your Middlebury School in China faculty, interactions with locals, meaningful site visits, and engaging discussions and lectures have you examine China’s political, economic, and historic globalization through the case study of Xi’an.