High School & Pre-College
International Career Pathways: Beijing, China

Epic Summer. College Credit. Lifelong Impact.

Explore careers. Practice Chinese language. Soak up Beijing.

Get a jump-start on college and explore international careers in China’s political and cultural capital. Explore a world of future work possibilities in international development, media, healthcare, law, technology, education, and business. Gain a unique understanding of the opportunities and skills that are integral to professional work options around the world.

After your morning in class, head out into the city to visit workplaces and meet with working professionals. You’ll also have time to see Beijing with friends and use your Chinese language skills as you explore the endless wonders of the city.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/28/2018 07/29/2018 4 Weeks 4 $5,500
What’s Included
None March 31

 Your transcript will come from the Beijing Union University, with a CET cover letter.

Get Inspired. See Your Future Career in Action.

  • NGOs and non-profits
  • Local TV networks
  • US Embassy
  • Law offices
  • Technology start-ups
  • International schools
  • Trade organizations
  • Traditional Chinese medicine clinics



Conversational Chinese

1 credit/15 hours

Offered at beginning and intermediate levels. Includes supporting vocabulary for success in the core course. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.

Introduction to International Careers

3 credits/45 hours

This introductory course provides an overview of careers in fields such as diplomacy, journalism, health, law, business, and education in an international context. Classroom study is complemented by 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
  • Informational interviewing
  • Identifying the values and needs of potential employers
  • Entrepreneurship in the international context
  • A variety of a career paths
  • Incorporating career considerations into college choice and undergraduate study

Your Home Base in Beijing

Beijing, China’s capital, is one of the great urban centers of the world. Beijing has it all: history, art, politics, culture, international influence. Go back in time when you visit the Forbidden City. Then fast forward to the modern day as you explore the 798 Art District, a vibrant, eclectic area for modern art, design, and 21st century architecture. Take a paddleboat ride in Purple Bamboo Park. Walk where emperors vacationed in the Summer Place. Taste authentic Peking duck with your group.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a dorm suite with other CET students that includes a living room and bathroom. You’ll eat most meals at the on-campus cafeteria and have access to campus resources like a gym, 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

  • Try your hand at haggling for antiques at Panjiayuan, one of Beijing’s largest flea markets.
  • Explore unique hutong alleys or take a walking tour at Shichahai Lake.
  • Experience an acrobatics show packed with gravity-defying feats.
  • 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: Discuss the top 10 skills employers look for in class and how you can develop them in your careers course. Which skills do you already have and which would 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 – review your vocab from this morning and practice your introductions with your friends.

2:00 pm: Visit a TV station and see a news show being filmed. Meet with the American producer who has lived in China for 5 years. Introduce yourself to her colleagues and use your vocab from earlier.

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

6:30 pm: Group dinner in the cafeteria to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.

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

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

Group Flight

CET arranges an accompanied group flight from Washington, DC for students. The cost of the group flight is billed separately.


$5,500/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,600 for the group flight plus airfare or other travel costs to the departure city.  Students typically spend about $200 on personal expenses, too.

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.

Scholarships and Financial Aid 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.