CET Beijing:

Summer in Beijing

Anyone who wants a career that involves China needs to spend time in Beijing, and being there for a summer is the way to do it. See the sites, absorb the history, 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.


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?
Students in a classroom

Total Chinese Immersion

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. Our instructors—some of the best in the field—structure the classes to maximize your progress. It won’t be easy, but when Chinese starts pouring out of your mouth without your thinking about it, we think you’ll agree that it’s worth the effort.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/12/2019 08/11/2019 9 Weeks 8 $7,290
What’s Included
None March 1
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Janterm Learn More About the Janterm Program

Living in Beijing

Stroll through the 798 Art District. Get lost in the hutong (alleys).  Volunteer at a non-profit. Spend the evening people watching at a local park. Find your favorite spot for Peking Duck. 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 CNU campus is resource-packed, and close to public transportation. The CET buildings have been recently renovated—the classrooms, equipped with air purifiers, are bright and the dorms are akin to a three-star hotel.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a dorm room with a local roommate. The building is for CET students only, away from other foreign student housing…you won’t hear much English around you. For meals, take your pick of cafeterias or neighborhood restaurants.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Summer 2018 or prior? Your syllabi can be found here.

You practice your language out in the city. And you make huge strides in Chinese.

An intensive language program like this one isn’t just about taking a full-load of fast-paced Chinese classes. It’s about daily one-on-one sessions with a teacher. It’s about assignments that get you using real Chinese (converse with students at a local high school, interview senior citizens, present at a summit on education). It’s about your local roommate showing you where to listen to live music. It’s about a 24/7 Chinese language pledge. It’s about taking Martial Arts classes or going out for zha jiang mian (noodles with soybean paste sauce) after class. This program pulls it all together. The result? Your Chinese will never be the same.
Faculty Spotlight

Liang Xia, Academic Director

Professor Xia comes to CET from Washington University in St. Louis, where she served as both a professor and the director of the Chinese language program. She not only reshaped the university’s Chinese program, but also published a series of textbooks and research papers.  Her other experiences cross the globe and include the College of William and Mary, Beijing Normal University, Princeton in Beijing, Middlebury Summer Chinese School, and even Duke in China’s Intensive Summer Language Program—where she served as director for five years. In 2019, Professor Xia will publish an advanced Chinese class teaching demonstration video and her academic work, 美国大学中文教育研究.

Program Fee Breakdown

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


$7,290/ Term

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.

What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

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 & Transcripts

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.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain 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. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

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.