Pre-College at CET Beijing:
International Career Pathways

Epic Summer. College Courses. Lifelong Impact.

Explore careers. Practice Chinese language. Soak up Beijing.

Spend the summer in the bustling city of Beijing and start exploring international careers. You’ll take a core course that introduces you to different areas of work—media, healthcare, technology, education, business, law, international development—and the skills necessary to pursue those career paths around the world.  Your Conversational Chinese class will help you dive into Beijing and build your language skills. And after class in the morning, you’ll meet with people actively working in those fields all over the city and have time to see Beijing with peers and local buddies. Career exploration, Chinese language, and all of Beijing to take in… it’s going to be a productive summer.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/28/2019 07/27/2019 4 Weeks 4 $5,950
What’s Included
None March 31

Your transcript will come from CET with a Beijing Union University seal.

Get Inspired. See Your Future Career in Action.

  • NGOs and non-profits
  • Media and entertainment networks
  • US Embassy
  • Law offices
  • Technology start-ups
  • International schools
  • Investment firms
  • Tourism and hospitality organizations



Conversational Chinese

LANG 205 Intermediate Conversational Chinese
1 credit | 15 hours

Both levels include supporting vocabulary for success in the core course and daily life in Beijing. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.

Core Course

GLBS 125 Introduction to International Careers
3 credits | 45 hours

This introductory course provides you with an overview of careers in fields such as diplomacy, art, journalism, media, health, law, business, and education in an international context. Classroom study is complemented by site visits and onsite sessions at locations throughout the city.

This course will cover:

  • An inventory of your own career interests
  • Importance of language and cultural knowledge
    in the workplace
  • Identifying the values and needs of potential employers
  • Entrepreneurship in the international context
  • Exploration of a variety of a career paths
  • Incorporating career considerations into college choice and undergraduate study

Your Home Base in Beijing

As the powerhouse capital behind China’s thriving economy, Beijing is the place to be. It has everything: history, art, politics, culture, international influence… and a job market that welcomes international employees. Spend your afternoon in China’s Silicon Valley, Zhongguancun, or laze in the Temple of Heaven Park as locals kick around a jianzi (Chinese hacky sack) or dance on the plaza. Or take in some history with a tour of the Forbidden City or the beautiful Summer Palace. Then head for an authentic Peking duck dinner with your CET peers.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a dorm suite, which includes a living room and a bathroom, with other CET students. You’ll eat most meals at the on-campus cafeteria and in nearby restaurants. You’ll also have access to campus resources like sports fields, ping pong tables, and student lounges.


Your classrooms and dorms are centrally located at Beijing Union University, a public university where CET also conducts intensive Chinese language training for US diplomats. Restaurants, shops, banks, public transportation, and other amenities are all located within walking distance of the main gate.

Out and About

  • See the murals and sculptures in Beijing’s trendy 798 Art District.
  • Take in the atmosphere at Shichahai Lake.
  • Experience a local night market and taste street food from all over China.
  • Hike along the Great Wall of China with classmates and local buddies.


A Typical Day in Beijing

8:00 am: Meet with your cohort and group leader to go over the day’s schedule and themes.

8:30 am: Grab a jianbing (crepe stuffed with egg, scallions, and cilantro) before class.

9:00 am: In class, discuss the top 10 skills employers look for and how you can plan to develop them in college. Which skills do you need to work on?

11:00 am: Chinese class! Learn how to introduce yourself to different people in the career ladder. Practice introducing yourself to a CEO and to a student.

12:00 pm: Lunch and study hall—head to the cafeteria across campus to review vocab from this morning and practice introductions with your friends.

2:00 pm: Visit the US Embassy and learn what it takes to become a diplomat. Meet with an embassy staff member who has lived in China for 5 years. Introduce yourself to her colleagues with your new vocabulary.

5:00 pm: Play pick-up basketball on campus with Chinese students.

6:00 pm: Grab dinner in small groups at the Chinese barbecue down the street. Catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.

8:00 pm: Movie night in the dorm with Chinese snacks.

9:00 pm: Group meeting to reflect and discuss this week’s activities and how you can use them in college applications.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

Zhu Li
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.

Zhu Li

Director of China Programs

Flight Estimate

Summer airfare tends to be between $1,300-$1,700 on average.


$5,950/ Term

On Site Expenses

Students typically spend about $300 on personal expenses while abroad.

What's Included

Courses & Textbooks

Every course you take on the program is included in your tuition. We even supply the textbooks, too.

Activities & Excursions

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


We arrange your housing in the dormitory with other students and plenty of resident staff nearby.


All of your meals are covered by tuition. Special dietary needs? We’ll help you accommodate those, too.

Supervision and Staff Support

We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage is included in your tuition.


We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the program…the icing on the cake of your college applications.

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.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance AvailableLearn More

Application Requirements

CET seeks motivated high school students interested in a fun and challenging summer experience. The online admissions process includes submission of an application form including short essays, an official high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher. CET advisors are available to help choose the program that will be the best fit for you. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 31. Students are generally expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply early to ensure space is available in your first-choice program.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from China, 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.