The Beijing Center: Semester and Full Year Abroad

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  • Location(s): Beijing, China
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Intensive Language

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Stand out from the crowd and join The Beijing Center for a Semester or Full Year immersion in the heart of Beijing, China!The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies offers quality language studies and coursework, unparalleled immersion opportunities, ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
Based on 32 Reviews
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I learned basic Mandarin, Chinese culture, how to eat with chopsticks, how to travel efficiently and learn life long lessons about how to travel, - Marquette University View Entire Review
The language, relationships, see above. It was worth its weight in gold. - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
Capacity of doing a critical reflection about a Chinese reality based on a book and a critical reflection of a book based on my personal experience of China. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
July 06, 2017 Enlightening
Language, culture and and overall humanistic experience View Entire Review
I went to China alone and really learned how to be by myself and function without the help of others. I knew my experience was really up to me so I ahd to do what I had to in order to get the best of it. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned so much about Chinese peoples, culture and myself. I had high expectations for my experience and this program somehow shattered them. I cannot say enough good things - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
A desire to continue leaning about China and to return to experience more of Chinese culture. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
Everything from new american friends, to friends from all over the world you will meet people who will stick with you for a very long time! This experience will open your eyes and give you a new outlook on life in general that you will not be able to experience elsewhere. Plus, the Yunnan excursion was by far the BEST travel exp... - Creighton University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Loyola University of Chicago: Beijing - The Beijing Center
April 14, 2015 The Perfect Semester
I really learned the politics, spirituality, culture, and architecture of china even if you are not in a classroom. Also my chinese got significantly better, and this gave an appreciation for foreign people living in the US. - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Loyola University of Chicago: Beijing - The Beijing Center
Besides just my improved language skills, I go a much more indepth vision of the Chinese culure and system of governance. We really were able to analysis the things around and just see China in a whole new light that isn't discussed at all in America. There was a lot of breaking down of stereotypes. Not to metion I really grew a... - Loyola University New Orleans View Entire Review
March 13, 2015 The Chinese Dream
This program was invaluable because it expertly balanced exposure to a foreign culture and the community characteristic of Jesuit education. I felt very close to my fellow TBC students, but also never felt like I was held back from being immersed in the culture. I made many friends, traveled to wonderful places both in groups an... - Gonzaga University View Entire Review
September 18, 2014 Wishing I Could Go Back!
There is no better gift that you can give yourself than the chance to experience living in a different country for an extended period of time. China taught me so much about developing a global perspective, challenging myself to take risks, seeing things from other points of view, and exposed me to so many new ideas. I began the ... - Elon University View Entire Review
August 06, 2014 非常好
The program was great. I improved my language skills a lot more than I ever could have in the US and I also was able to get a deep understanding of the culture (which helps understand the language too!) - Loyola University Maryland View Entire Review
July 20, 2017 Unforgettable!
I learned that there many differences between the United States and China, as well as between people of different cultures. This program was very worthwhile. - John Carroll University View Entire Review
TOTALY WORTHWHILE - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
This was an incredible experience that I happened to stumble upon almost by accident! I learned so much about myself and the world around me. I wish I could go back in time and experience it again. I also made plenty of incredible friendships that I maintain today, not just with other Americans but with international students wh... - Fairfield University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with The Beijing Center: Semester and Full Year Abroad
Before I came to Beijing, I was a relatively shy person. But because most people in the city spoke only Mandarin, I was forced to be daring and communicative just to get through the day. In this way, it made me a stronger person. My experience in Beijing also helped to spark a love for travel, and at this point I've visited 18 c... - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with The Beijing Center: Semester and Full Year Abroad
June 29, 2017 How To Get Cool 101
I wrote an article for the New York Times. I think this past semester was my peak. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
I gained so much confidence, the ability to be adaptable, and fantastic cultural awareness. It was definitely worthwhile. - Boston College View Entire Review
Extremely worthwhile. I gained an insight into one of the most amazing cultures in the world. I learned so much about their history, culture, tradition and value. I know I will definitely be back - Boston College View Entire Review
April 17, 2015 Best Part Of College
I learned about China, the world, and about myself. I developed so much more by going abroad. - Gonzaga University View Entire Review
March 21, 2015 Never The Same.
A better understanding of an influential nation and myself. Yes, it was very worthwhile. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
Incredible travel experiences along the Silk Road route in China, riding camels, visiting museums, camping overnight in the desert, getting to know local cultures, and much more! The intensive language course catapulted my language skills from beginner to immediate in just a semester. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
I learned about a whole other culture that I knew very little about and I learned that despite all our differences we are all people who want the same things life, love, family, companionship, safety, etc. I also learned a lot about myself and the challenges that I am able to overcome if I put myself to the test. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Loyola University Chicago: Beijing - The Beijing Center
This was the most rewarding experience of my life. It changed my heart forever and I will be forever grateful to TBC for giving that to me. Being in China for 4 months made me realize I could do absolutely anything, it gave me friends that I will have for the rest of my life and people to visit all over the world. I cannot recom... - Elon University View Entire Review

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Stand out from the crowd and join The Beijing Center for a Semester or Full Year immersion in the heart of Beijing, China!

The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies offers quality language studies and coursework, unparalleled immersion opportunities, and excursions throughout the country, you will learn more about China in one week than you have in your entire life! You will select a level of Mandarin appropriate to your efficiency, and choose from over 15 courses accredited by Loyola University Chicago that are taught in English by leading scholars from China's outstanding universities and institutes. Each semester you will travel throughout China on a two-week excursion. In the Fall, you will follow the ancient route of the Silk Road, history's cultural bridge between East and West, and in the Spring, you will experience China's cultural diversity as you travel throughout country's southeastern province of Yunnan. 

Learning at TBC
Our students learn that there are no easy analyses for a civilization as complex as China. But complicating matters is an exciting adventure when renowned Chinese and international scholars lead you through hidden doors and windows to this magnificent culture. 
Our classes are taught in English by leading scholars and practitioners that expose you to both Chinese and Western styles of teaching and perspectives. 
Our curriculum is designed to educate you about where China has been, where it is now, and most importantly-where China is heading. 
Earn credits toward your degree by choosing from over 50 courses across 13 disciplines. Our diverse course offerings enable you to focus on your major, as well as explore other interests. 

Every student, no matter whether beginner of fluent, undertakes a study of Chinese. Standard Chinese sessions are 1.5 hours and meet 3 days a week whereas Intensive Chinese holds 3 hour sessions 4 times a week. All language classes are taught by native speakers. TBC pairs students with a Chinese university student for language tutoring each week so you can make faster and deeper strides towards learning the language and culture. 

Academic Excursions
Excavating China would be pointless if you never got your hands dirty. We think of our excursions-not as tourism-but as a way to ratify and see the figures and facts of China about which you have and will read. If our academic courses are the "head" of our program; these excursions are the "heart." Your heart will be touched by real people who open their homes to you for an overnight stay. You will share meals and they will teach you their dances, while you sing for them. You cannot return to your room unchanged. While traveling you will teach your classmates through presentations and reports of your own research on the characters, paths, ideas, literature, and economy of China. Except for inexpensive meals, the expense of these trips is included in the program fee. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • History
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Theology
  • Global Studies
  • Literature
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literature
  • Chinese Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Architect
Minimum GPA:
2.8
Year Founded:
1998
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The Beijing Center Scholarships

The Beijing Center offers several need-based scholarships for students participating in the semester program. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. These are based on demonstrated financial need and require a brief essay.

$500-2,500

Deadlines:
Applications for the Spring semester scholarship are due November 1st (by 11:59pm) Applications for the Fall semester scholarship are due May 1st (by 11:59pm) Late submissions will not be accepted

Guidelines/Requirements:
Eligibility • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing • Be planning to study at TBC for at least one semester • Be able to demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA • Have achieved sophomore level class standing by the time applicant begins his/her study at TBC (minimum of 30 semester hours earned) • Must meet the minimum requirements for admission to TBC

Award amounts of up to $10,000 (full year abroad); $5,000 (fall/spring semester abroad); prorated by no. of weeks, minimum $1,250 (summer programs)

$1,250-10,000

Deadlines:
The 2017-2018 application period (summer 2017, fall 2017, spring 2018) is now closed. The 2018-2019 application will open on November 15, 2017.

Guidelines/Requirements:
-U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. -Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible) -Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution -Study abroad program must include at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries

The Beijing Center offers three $1,000 semester scholarships to all U.S. students. These are academically awarded and require a brief essay.

$1,000

Deadlines:
Applications for the Spring semester scholarship are due November 1st (by 11:59pm) Applications for the Fall semester scholarship are due May 1st (by 11:59pm) Late submissions will not be accepted

Guidelines/Requirements:
Eligibility • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing • Be planning to study at TBC for at least one semester • Must meet the minimum requirements for admission to TBC

Provides current undergraduate TBC students or alumni with a cash award to support their continued study in China at TBC. Awards may be up to $3,000 to the most qualified applicant(s).

Up to $3,000

Deadlines:
Applications for the Spring semester scholarship are due November 1st (by 11:59pm) Applications for the Fall semester scholarship are due May 1st (by 11:59pm) Late submissions will not be accepted

Guidelines/Requirements:
Eligibility • Be a current degree-seeking, full-time, undergraduate student at an accredited university • Be currently enrolled in or have previously been enrolled in a TBC program • Have the intent to enroll at TBC for a second term (semester or summer) • Be a non-Chinese citizen (or have Permanent Resident status or citizenship in a country other than China) • Be in good academic standing at your home institution and at TBC • Be in good disciplinary standing at your home institution and at TBC • Submit complete application to The Beijing Center’s Student Development Office by the application deadline

Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.

$3,000-7,000

Deadlines:
https://www.iie.org/sitecore/content/Home/Programs/Freeman-ASIA/Apply

Guidelines/Requirements:
Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Recipients receive up to $5,000 and are available for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad and credit-bearing internships abroad. Also, students studying Mandarin (a critical need language) are automatically considered for the Gilman Critical need Language Award, with a total award of $8,000.

Up to $8,000

Deadlines:
Check out their website for application deadlines.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Eligble Applicants Must Be: -Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship. -Applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S./li> -Studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks (28 days) in one country - or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students - and no more than one academic year. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. -Studying or interning abroad in any country or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning List. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning List.

Provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest. Maximum scholarship awards are $10,000 for a semester program and $20,000 for a full academic year.

$10,000-20,000

Deadlines:
Check out their website for application deadlines.

Guidelines/Requirements:
For more information, please visit their website.

Award amounts vary however will range in increments of $500 to $1,500.

$500-1,500

Deadlines:
Please check their website for application deadlines.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Eligibility At the time of applying for a scholarship, you must be enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your degree being earned You must be a US or Canadian citizen Your time abroad must be spent in one of the following countries: China

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