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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/03/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Chinese Major: Anthropology, Art Studio, Asian Studies, Chinese, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
Program Description:

IES Beijing: Contemporary China and Chinese Language

Beijing, China


About the Program | Beijing,China | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
The IES Contemporary China & Chinese Language program offers students an array of Chinese language courses, including upper level, topic-based Chinese language electives, and area studies courses taught in English. This program will benefit students who want to rapidly expand their knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, and their knowledge about China in general.

Beijing, China
The Chinese capital city of Beijing is full of contrasts - a modern Asian boom-town that strives to preserve the cultural landscape of its glorious past while all around the glass and steel emblems of its dynamic present flourish. As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing attracts people from all over the country, and IES Beijing students are directly exposed to the numerous challenges being addressed in both the personal and political realms of modern China.
Beijing is considered the place to study Chinese in China—it sets the standard pronunciation for the rest of the country. As the political, intellectual, and cultural capital of China, it is also an ideal place to study contemporary China. The people of Beijing are friendly and proud to be from this fascinating city—what a perfect environment to study abroad. Beijing will be your classroom. Visit Beijing’s most significant palaces, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, and learn about the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Enjoy local customs, tea tastings, and regional cuisine—like jian bing crepes, zha jiang noodles and an assortment of jiozi dumplings. You can also practice your language skills and witness what you learn in the classroom first-hand by going to local markets and bargaining with vendors for the best deals or simply exploring this magnificent city. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • completion of two semesters of Chinese language study with B average or higher
  • prior coursework in Asian Studies is recommended
Fields of Study
Intensive Chinese language, Chinese Area Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences

Academic Culture
The program is based on the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai) campus, one of Beijing’s premier academic universities. Grammar classes, small drill sessions, and hour-long private tutorials (twice a week) combine for an intensive study of Chinese two hours daily, four days a week. Advanced students may select additional 2-credit topical language classes, such as Classical Chinese, Modern Slang & Pop Culture, and Personal & Business Communication. Students on this intensive language program take a minimum of 6-credits of Chinese Language.
In addition to your Chinese language coursework, you will choose from 3-credit Area Studies courses (taught in English) in disciplines such Asian Studies, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, and Literature to complement your language studies.

Student Life
Part of making you feel at home in Beijing is the work that IES does to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you off the beaten path, IES works to help you integrate into Beijing daily life.
The program begins with a specially- designed, five-day program introducing you to the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and the city of Beijing. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, cultural adjustment, and health and safety are covered during your orientation. You take an onsite language placement test to determine your appropriate language course level. One-on-one advising sessions on language and area studies classes are arranged, as well as homestay placement.
CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation and Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Activities include “Explore Beijing” (task-based activities for you to learn the transportation system and to visit historical areas and places frequented by students), and the “Tiananmen Trifecta” (a tour of Tiananmen Square, the Beijing Urban Planning Center, and the Forbidden City).

Students are housed in either with a Chinese family in a homestay or with Chinese students in a university residence hall.  This language-immersion environment supports rapid language advancement. Both housing options will require a commitment to speaking Chinese as much as possible and adhering to a set of household and residence hall rules and etiquette that may feel restrictive.

Helpful Links 
IES Beijing Contemporary China and Chinese Language

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