Gap at CET Beijing

Roommates on the Great Wall

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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Total Chinese Immersion

As a gap student, you’ll take a full load of Chinese language classes, live with a Chinese roommate, and if that’s not enough, you’ll uphold a full-time language pledge, too. Your instructors teach you how to study Chinese and structure classes to maximize your progress. It won’t be easy, but when you’re confidently chatting with locals, we think you’ll agree it’s worth the effort.
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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. And when the time comes, you’ll have college credits and the skills to push you ahead of the pack.

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Spring 02/23/2019 06/02/2019 16 Weeks 17 $14,890
What’s Included
None November 1
Fall 08/28/2019 12/15/2019 16 Weeks 17 $14,890
What’s Included
None May 1
Summer 06/12/2019 08/11/2019 9 Weeks 8 $7,290
What’s Included
None March 1

Pricing Summary per Term

Spring or Fall

$14,890/ Semester

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $11,600 goes to tuition & fees, and $3,290 goes to housing and other related costs.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,750 for airfare and $1,250 for meals. Students typically spend about $1,400 on personal expenses, too.


$7,290/ Term

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $5,650 goes to tuition & fees, and $1,640 goes to housing and other related costs.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,850 for airfare and $850 for meals. Students typically spend about $900 on personal expenses, too.

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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 & Transcript

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.


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.

Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, short essays, an official high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or college professor. Our programs are designed for high school graduates with 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.

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.