IES Abroad: Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language

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Our 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 studen... read more

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I gained a lot of language skills. My listening and speaking skills really improved. It was definitely worth the trip - Hamline University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language
I gained a greater appreciation of the culture and the people. I was born in China and this was my fourth time traveling to China, so I think I was able to appreciate being there more than my past trips. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Studying abroad in China for the 2015-16 academic year with IES Abroad was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable, challenging and transformative experiences of my life so far, and I look back on my experiences in Beijing as the highlight of my college career. China is a great choice of study abroad destination because it is a un... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I improved my Chinese, gained new friends from around the world, discovered things about China I never knew before, and I grew into a better person. Yes, it was absolutely worthwhile. - Wofford College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language
July 28, 2016 Best Of Beijing
Not only did I vastly improve my language skills, I also made memories that will last me a lifetime. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Beijing Foreign Studies University
I became a seeker of new adventures, and (besides the language) I learned how to enjoy my life fully. It was definitely worthwhile. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Beijing Foreign Studies University
Past Review Unforgettable
Absolutely worthwhile, I gained such an intercultural perspective on life - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
I learned how to concentrate, I learned about mainland Chinese culture, but most importantly I learned about myself. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Beijing Foreign Studies University
I gained an in-depth, on-the-ground experience in a country I had long studied. I improved my language skills exponentially and got to enjoy a major world city right at my fingertips. It was definitely worthwhile! - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
My Chinese language skills and general knowledge of Chinese culture and politics improved significantly. And I made great friends over the semester! I would definitely do it again! - University of Louisville View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Beijing Foreign Studies University
I am most proud of having developed a thesis topic while I was abroad. The professors at IES were not only helpful in guiding their course material towards my interests, but they also pointed me in the directions of resources I would not have found on my own. - Brown University View Entire Review
Yes, I loved this experience. I want to go back! - Beijing Foreign Studies University View Entire Review
It was 100% worthwhile. My Chinese improved probably two levels, I got to know a new culture, and I made friends that I will have for life! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
September 18, 2017 Can I Go Again?
Life longs friends, a set of skills that set me apart from the average college student, fluency in Chinese that was beyond my own expectations, professional connections that will hopefully provide in the future. Yes, 100% worthwhile. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language
I learned to be happy with what I have, I learned so much more about Chinese culture than I feel like most American know, in fact many Chinese habits seem to make more sense than American habits. It was very worthwhile. - Tulane University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language
I improved my Chinese skills and I gained a greater sense of confidence in my abilities. I also gained a better appreciation for Chinese culture. It was definitely a worthwhile semester! - Wofford College View Entire Review
I gained a better understanding of the Chinese culture, as well as Chinese language. I met many different types of people and made friends who I will never forget. The program was challenging but I think it was worthwhile. It really helped me figure out who I want to be. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
January 07, 2016 Beijing
Definitely worthwhile. It was an awesome experience. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Beijing - Beijing Foreign Studies University
I gained independence and language. This program made me come out of my shell and try new things. It also helped my chinese improve immensely. - University of Massachusetts - Lowell View Entire Review
Past Review Ies Beijing
This past summer, I studied abroad in Beijing, China through IES Abroad. Studying abroad was one of the most challenging experiences I have faced, but it was also extremely rewarding. I had a really great time immersing myself in Chinese culture (everything from food to shopping to museums). I also really enjoyed taking Chinese... - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
Language skills, competency abroad, and a wealth of unique experiences - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained the confidence to live on my own in a foreign city. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I loved my IES Abroad program! I attended the Beijing Language Intensive program in the summer and fall of 2014, and had the time of my life. The faculty were amazing, and truly understood what it is like to learn Chinese as a foreigner. The program also makes it easy to get out and explore Beijing and the rest of China. With IE... - George Washington University View Entire Review
Confidence. Friends who understand the exact struggles and fun you went through. Study abroad is such a unique experience that you'll really appreciate for a long time. - Northwestern University View Entire Review
The trip was an extremely worthwhile experience: I learned about China, and I learned more Chinese than I ever could at home. The experience taught me that I would not want to live in China permanently, but that staying in China even once is a necessary component to knowing the culture and the language. - Trinity University View Entire Review

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Our 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.

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, Personal & Business Communication.

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.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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IES Abroad Scholarships

Six grand prize winners will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship to put towards their study abroad or volunteer program. 30 runners-up will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

$2,500

Deadlines:
November 10, 2016

Guidelines/Requirements:
Submit and entry form and you might win

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