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CET Beijing Intensive Chinese Language Studies Program

April 4, 2023

Semester study abroad students at CET Beijing are hard-working and dedicated to immersing themselves in Chinese culture to improve their language skills. With an intensive curriculum, a full-time language pledge, and a local roommate who brings language practice into your home life, you will see language gains that astonish you.

Intensive language learning. You take 20 hours/week of Chinese language classes with some of the best teachers in the field. Your hours are broken up between core classes, where you focus as a group on grammar, drill, and discussion, and supplementary hours where you get more individualized attention. Twice a week, you have a one-on-one with an instructor to cover anything you’re struggling with in class or engage in further discussion about what you’re learning.

People flock to Beijing to experience the cultural and political capital of China. Historical and cultural sites are everywhere – including 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites – the standard local accent makes it a great place to study language, and the accessible public transportation makes it easy for students to get around. Spend a semester experiencing incredible food, meeting wonderful people, and enjoying a front row seat to China’s developments. 


Local Roommates. Your roommate is a CET-picked student from Capital Normal University. Want to learn where to get the best zhajiangmian (noodles with garlic sauce)? What buses to avoid at rush hour? Where to listen to live music? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city. But more importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with. Learn more about living with a local roommate. 


Eating in Beijing. For meals, take your pick of the budget-friendly campus cafeterias and neighborhood restaurants. And don’t forget to find your favorite Peking Duck spot—you’re living in Beijing after all. Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Have a night in with your roommate and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together in the dorm shared kitchen. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Beijing. Beijing as your classroom. Study abroad is about experiencing it all. Your classes get you practicing your Chinese out in the city, where it counts. At least twice a semester, you have a week-long language practicum. You focus in-depth on a topic like the lives of Chinese senior citizens, Chinese holidays, or China’s environmental problems.


Around the city. Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that let you see the city, learn about Chinese culture, or just unwind with your classmates and roommates. Learn traditional Chinese painting techniques. See a Chinese improv show. Make dumplings then devour them for dinner. And there’s even more to see on your own.


A Weekend Away. Enjoy worry-free travel with CET-hosted trips that take you out of Beijing. You might join your roommates on a trip to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors, Hangzhou to hike around the visit beautiful West Lake, or travel to Nanjing to walk on the ancient city wall. Every term is different. Half the fun is getting there. Playing cards on an overnight train ride is a great way to make new friends. 

  • Pre-requisites: None
  • 20 hours/week of Chinese learning
  • One-on-one sessions
  • Full-time language pledge
  • Out-of-class learning & assignments
  • Host University: Capital Normal University

      Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: 

  • Round-trip Airfare: $1,250 - $1,500
  • Meals: $1,250
  • Personal Expenses: $1,400
  • Housing Deposit: $50
  • Local Cell Phone Plan/SIM Card: $200





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