The Beijing Center: Semester and Full Year Abroad
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
My ignorance was constantly being met with patience and assistance in every way possible. The experiences and values that my time in China has presented to me will serve as beneficial assets to my knowledge and abilities for my future. Maria Schillace - Le Moyne College View Entire Review
I gained a great international perspective about a unique study abroad destination. I learned a lot about the culture and made many great friends. Cailin Touseull - Saint Louis University View Entire Review
It is critical to keep an open mind and for you to not get caught up on minor inconveniences. If you roll with the punches, your overall experience will be positive and you will look back at it as the amazing experience it was. Brendan Reilly - John Carroll University View Entire Review
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. Ben Troy - John Carroll University View Entire Review
TOTALY WORTHWHILE Larissa Sales - 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... Isabella - Fairfield University View Entire Review
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... A student - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
I wrote an article for the New York Times. I think this past semester was my peak. Stephanie Wong - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
The experience was extremely worthwhile, I learned patience, understanding, and how to become more confident. Thomas N - John Carroll University View Entire Review
A desire to continue leaning about China and to return to experience more of Chinese culture. A student - 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... A student - Creighton University View Entire Review
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. Nick H - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
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... Maria T - Loyola University New Orleans View Entire Review
I connected more with my Chinese culture and got to see the world from a different, but still good, side. A student - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
I learned that I was a lot stronger as a person than I gave myself credit for. I now know that I can travel to a country and not know anyone and barely know the language and can survive and thrive in an unknown environment. Michaela Maginn - Xavier University View Entire Review
I gained the experience of being out of my comfort zone, learning about different cultures, budgeting, traveling... A lot of things. Almudena Rincon - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
The language, relationships, see above. It was worth its weight in gold. A student - 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. Miguel Melo - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
Language, culture and and overall humanistic experience Audrick D Mello 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. Aliyah Phipps - 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 A student - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
I gained so much confidence, the ability to be adaptable, and fantastic cultural awareness. It was definitely worthwhile. A student - 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 Thomas S - Boston College View Entire Review
I learned about China, the world, and about myself. I developed so much more by going abroad. A student - Gonzaga University View Entire Review
A better understanding of an influential nation and myself. Yes, it was very worthwhile. Gabriel M - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
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, where 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 20 courses through our school of record, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), 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 will learn that there is no easy analysis for a civilization as complex as China. However, 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 towards 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.
Each student, no matter whether beginner of fluent, will undertake a Chinese language course. 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 they can make faster and deeper strides towards learning the language and culture.
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 continue to do so). 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. 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. After everything you experience, you cannot return to your room unchanged. Except for inexpensive meals, the expense of these trips is included in the program fee.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Asian Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Chinese Studies
- East Asian Languages, Literature
- Chinese Language, Literature
- Global Studies
- Film, Video, Photographic Arts
- Business Administration and Management
- International Business
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The Beijing Center Scholarships
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.
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
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.
The fly free scholarships are available to students at: Elon University, Georgetown University, and Marquette University. The fly free scholarships offer up to three students from each university an airfare subsidy of up to $1,000 for their flight to China. To learn more and apply for this scholarship, please contact your home university study abroad office.
The Beijing Center offers paid internships and assistantships, depending on need, in the following departments: Academics and Administration, ChinaContact, Career Ventures, Marketing and Communications, Anton Library, Human Resources, and Student Life.
Award amounts vary however will range in increments of $500 to $1,500.
The returning student scholarship provides current undergraduate TBC students or alumni with a cash award to support their continued study in China at TBC. To learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to $1,000
The Beijing Center (TBC) is committed to remaining a budget-friendly study abroad option for students. We aim to keep our costs similar to, or less than, a semester/year spent at your home university. To further assist students of financial need, TBC offers a Pell Grant Supplement Scholarship. The Pell Grant Supplement will be a $500 scholarship for any semester student who receives a Pell Grant as part of their regular financial aid package. To confirm eligibility, students will simply be required to submit a financial aid office letter detailing your overall financial aid package.
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)