|Restrictions:||Vanderbilt applicants only|
|Advisor:||Suzy Wang||Program Provider:||CET|
|Summer Calendar:||Mid-June to mid-August|
Situated in the western part of the city, away from foreign influences, this program offers an ideal location from which to study Chinese language, history, literature, politics and culture. Area studies classes challenge students to thematically observe their surrounding environment while language classes give students the tools to further their exploration. Chinese roommates open doors for students, offering both friendship and cultural insights. CET's Beijing Chinese Studies program provides students a platform from which to explore China from a variety of angles.
This program is designed to provide students a foundation in Chinese language and studies, while allowing them the flexibility to focus on specific topics of their choosing. All students take the program's capstone course, 21st Century Beijing, which centers on issues of critical importance in today's Beijing, and Chinese language classes. Language class curricula link with 21st Century Beijing by introducing vocabulary and patterns relevant to the topics covered. Students may participate in an internship. Internships include the course, Working in China: Service, Culture and Internships. Students who opt out of an internship take an additional elective instead.
In addition, students select area studies courses in Chinese history, politics, economics, philosophy and literature. Because these electives are taught by rotating visiting faculty, course options vary from term to term. All Chinese language courses are taught in Chinese and area studies courses are taught in English.
Capital Normal University (CNU), one of China's top 100 universities, hosts CET's center. With its nearly 10,000 undergraduate students and sizable graduate population, the campus offers a vibrant community of students from both Beijing and other parts of China.
This program includes day trips and at least one overnight excursion that enhance learning and allow students to experience many facets of Chinese culture. Also, volunteer opportunities are offered in a variety of ways. Previous opportunities have included working with disadvantaged children, volunteer work with a local environmental protection organization or a facility for disabled people, and empowerment programs for children of migrant workers.
All students live with Chinese roommates in a brand new, state-of-the-art foreign students' dormitory on the CNU campus. Chinese roommates are CNU undergraduates with varying degrees of English proficiency and participate in this housing arrangement in order to engage in cultural exchange.
All student rooms have a private phone line, a television and a computer with limited Internet access. Each floor has a shared kitchen equipped with a sink, a microwave and electric burners. Classrooms and faculty offices are located in this building, and the campus library is right next door. This building also houses staff offices, a gym and a swimming pool. Meals are not included in the program cost; however, Beijing has an abundance of reasonably priced eateries, and CNU's campus offers two cafeterias. Students may expect to spend about $8-$10 per day for meals.
Based in one of China's most cosmopolitan cities and the home of "standard" Mandarin, CET's Beijing program is an ideal location in which to study Chinese language and culture. The city offers students numerous outlets, from historical sites such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, to the expansive and constantly growing international arena, to traditional neighborhoods which feature architectural elements unique to Beijing.
For more information or to ask questions about your GEO application, you may contact this program's Global Education Office advisor, via our advising page, or use the "Request Info" button at the top of this page.
You may also contact the CET representative for this program, particularly if you have very specific questions about the program or about the CET application.
Don't forget your fellow students! Student perspectives can be very valuable to your information-gathering and decision-making. There may be alumni of this program listed toward the top of this brochure; they are happy to receive emails from you. You can also check out other students who might have gone to China among GEO's Student Ambassadors, or talk to one of our Peer Advisors about study abroad in general.
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