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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I learned much more useful things in interior design field. The feedback from tutors is very helpful to me. It is worthy. - University of the Arts London View Entire Review
I connected more with my Chinese culture and got to see the world from a different, but still good, side. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
Past Review Beijing Is Home.
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. - Xavier University View Entire Review
Past Review Intense
I gained the experience of being out of my comfort zone, learning about different cultures, budgeting, traveling... A lot of things. - Loyola University Chicago 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
Past Review 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
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
I learned about China, the world, and about myself. I developed so much more by going abroad. - Gonzaga University View Entire Review
Past Review Never The Same.
A better understanding of an influential nation and myself. Yes, it was very worthwhile. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
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. - Le Moyne College View Entire Review
Past Review Very Immersive!
I gained a great international perspective about a unique study abroad destination. I learned a lot about the culture and made many great friends. - 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. - John Carroll University View Entire Review
Past Review 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
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
I wrote an article for the New York Times. I think this past semester was my peak. - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
The experience was extremely worthwhile, I learned patience, understanding, and how to become more confident. - John Carroll University 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
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


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.

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 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
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architecture
  • Asian Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • East Asian Languages, Literature
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • Literature
  • Global Studies
  • Theology
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Business Administration and Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • History
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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.



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

Check out their website for application deadlines.

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.


Check out their website for application deadlines.

For more information, please visit their website.

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


Please check their website for application deadlines.

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

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

Up to $1,000

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

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

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)


For application deadlines, please check out TBC's website.

For more information, please contact

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.


For applications deadlines, please check their website.

All scholarship awards are for the student recipient only. TBC reserve the right to withdraw, terminate or suspend any scholarship on disciplinary grounds or in case of academic failure. Where needed, scholarship recipients may also be required to assist TBC with its marketing and publicity activities

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.


Application deadlines depend on the internship/assistantship process and timeline.

To learn more and apply, please visit TBC’s Join Our Team page.

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.


Application deadlines depend on your university's financial aid office process and TBC's semester-based program deadlines.

For further information, please contact

Apply for the Fall 2023 semester by February 15 and get $1,500 in scholarship funds upon arrival to Beijing. Normal application deadline is April 1. To learn more, please contact


February 15, 2023

Must apply to attend the Fall 2023 Semester in Beijing, China by February 15, 2023.


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