Pre-College at CET Beijing:
Chinese Technology and Entrepreneurship

Epic Summer. College Courses. Lifelong Impact.

Live in China's capital city. Study Chinese. Explore a thriving tech scene.

Explore the rapidly expanding world of entrepreneurship and technology from Beijing, the driving force behind the country’s huge, dynamic economy. Home to companies such as Xiaomi and Baidu, the city plays an increasingly important role as a global leader in e-commerce and innovation. Spend the morning in class and then head into the city with classmates for site visits to cutting edge start-ups and tech giants. There’s also time to explore Beijing with friends and practice your Chinese language skills as you explore the old hutongs (alleys) or one of the many electronics markets in Zhongguancun.

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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.

All Things Tech. One Buzzing Atmosphere.

  • Take a company tour at XiaoMi and see how they differentiate themselves in the Android universe
  • Visit MoBike headquarters and learn about their fully online operating model
  • Learn how SenseTime’s face recognition technology is used throughout the world
  • Hear about the failures and successes involved in running a start-up from a guest speaker in the field



Conversational Chinese

LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Chinese
1 credit | 15 hours

LANG 205 Intermediate Conversational Chinese
1 credit | 15 hours

Includes 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

EAST 125 Introduction to Chinese Technology and Entrepreneurship
3 credits | 45 hours

This course helps you explore how entrepreneurship and technology are influencing the booming Chinese economy, using Zhongguancun district as a case study. You’ll also learn about different community groups, competitions, courses, and support avenues involved in the process of idea development. Classroom study is complemented by visits and onsite sessions at locations throughout the city.

This course will cover:

  • Recent history and development of the
    Chinese economy
  • Role of technology in China’s future
  • Beijing as a high-tech center for
    e-commerce, mobile apps, and gaming
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in China

Your Home Base in Beijing

As China’s capital city, Beijing is where the action happens—politics, art, history, culture, tech. Go back in time when you visit the Forbidden City. Then fast forward to the modern day as you take in the murals and sculptures at the 798 Art District. 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, 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

  • Try different snacks at a local night market with your CET peers and RAs.
  • Stroll Beijing’s famous winding hutongs (alleys).
  • Explore the beautiful Summer Palace with local buddies.
  • Attend a Peking Opera show, a traditional art form with vivid colors and choreography.


A Typical Day in Beijing

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

9:00 am: Chinese class!

10:00 am: Learn about the role of video games in China’s tech boom.

1:00 pm: Group lunch and study hall – review your vocab from this morning and put together three questions for your afternoon excursion.

2:00 pm: Meet with a successful tech entrepreneur and hear about his journey to starting his own company. Don’t forget to ask your questions!

4:00 pm: Visit a local teahouse and see a traditional tea ceremony.

6:00 pm: Group meal of zhajiangmian (a Chinese noodle staple dish) in the cafeteria to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.

8:00 pm: Game night – learn a Chinese game from local students.

9:00 pm: Group meeting to reflect on your first week in Beijing, and discuss any questions you have about cultural differences.

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 Meals

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 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.