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CIEE Advanced Chinese Studies Program in Beijing, China
Beijing, China
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Communications, Economics, Engineering, General Business, History, International Relations, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Program Type: Affiliated Academic Level: Junior
Language of Instruction: Chinese Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Program Description:


Are you interested in a rigorous and truly immersive cultural experience? Whether you want to study international affairs, business, history, or Chinese literature, the Advanced Chinese Studies program provides support for superior level language students interested in taking coursework, entirely in Mandarin, alongside Chinese peers.

CIEE study abroad in Beijing gives you the opportunity to: enroll directly in one academic department or school at Peking University; attend weekly tutorials with Chinese peer tutors; take a core course focusing on using Chinese in a professional context; choose optional homestays and student dormitory housing near the university, and even conduct individual research.

Study abroad in Beijing and you will:


  • Directly enroll in specific departments or schools of the prestigious Peking University including the School of International Studies and the Guanghua School of Management
  • Advance your Chinese to a professional level with one-on-one tutorials and Chinese language meals with tutors and staff
  • Participate in cultural activities, with reimbursements, to the Beijing Opera, acrobatic performances, Tiananmen Square, and the Dashanti Art District

The CIEE Difference


Enroll in a curriculum that’s as challenging as it is diverse.

In addition to a CIEE Advanced Research and Writing course, you’ll directly enroll in one of Peking University’s many schools or departments, including: the School of Mathematical Sciences, School of Physics, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of History, School of International Studies, School of Economics, Guanghua School of Management, and School of Journalism and Communication.

Cultural Immersion

Guided field trips are organized to cultural destinations or events in and around Beijing, which might include historic sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. Activities may also include more contemporary events, such as modern plays, rock music performances, modern art exhibitions, day hikes near Beijing, and may also include interactive visits to orphanages or institutes for autistic children. Through experiential learning, students connect empirical experiences to content they learn in their classes, learning more about contemporary Chinese society and culture from the local people they meet. Extracurricular classes in Chinese calligraphy, painting, seal carving, and different martial arts are also offered each semester.


Two extended weekend excursions are offered to study abroad students during the semester.

For the first excursion, students and staff travel together to a selected destination, allowing students to learn about areas outside of Beijing and to utilize their Chinese language skills under the leadership of the CIEE Resident Director. Past trips have included Xi’an, Hangzhou, Nanjing, the Shaolin temple, and other well-known sites.

For the second excursion, CIEE will offer two to three different excursion itineraries, each going to different locations and with different trip themes, and under leadership of difference CIEE staff teams. Each student signs up for and takes part in the trip that interests him or her most. Past selections have included visits to the city of Shanghai under the theme of “Modern Architecture and Urban Landscapes,” to the birthplace of Confucius in Qufu under the theme “Traditional Chinese Philosophy,” and a village visit and hike in the mountains of northern Shanxi province, under the theme “Environment and Rural Governance in China.”

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours + (EXPAND)

Courses vary in credits and contact hours. Specific details are in the program handbook given to enrolled students. Although the U.S. higher education system follows a fairly consistent ratio of 15 contact hours per semester-hour of credit, systems around the world vary considerably. Three contact hours per week in any given system may involve much more total effort or significantly less total effort than what is implied by three hours in the U.S. CIEE credit recommendations are based on an evaluation of the total effort required for each course. The Chinese educational system generally requires more self-directed reading per each hour in class than U.S. institutions.

Program Requirements

Study abroad students must take at least three Peking University courses each semester in addition to the required CIEE course. Academic year students do not repeat the CIEE course in their second semester.

About Beijing

As China’s capital and cultural center, Beijing is arguably China’s most important city. With a population of 22 million and counting, people from all over China, and around the world have flocked here for new opportunities as China’s economy and international power grow. While Beijing is home to some of China’s most treasured historical sites, like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, it is also very cosmopolitan and is home to some of China’s best theaters as well as having the highest concentration of top research institutions and technology companies.

Where You’ll Study

Peking University (PKU)

Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) was and still remains one of China’s most prestigious universities. Its long traditions of scholarly excellence and political activism have produced many figures that have played instrumental roles in China’s post-Imperial history. The university focuses on advanced research in the natural and social sciences and its campus, which was previously an imperial garden during the Qing Dynasty, is home to the university’s 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The PKU campus has modern classrooms, recreational facilities, and numerous cafeterias, as well as convenient access to Beijing’s mass transit system, all within short walking distance of each other.

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students live in either the PKU foreign student complex Zhongguanyuan Global Village dormitory or with a host family. Students may not live in accommodations that are not arranged by CIEE. Students on the semester program living in the dormitories have the opportunity to take part in a three week homestay experience.
Living conditions in Zhongguanyuan Global Village are comfortable and inviting, and provide standard amenities such as beds, desks, armoires, private bathrooms, and Internet access. Shared kitchens are available, but location varies by building. Students live in suite-style units and each student has his or her own private bedroom. Each unit shares a common living space and bathroom and depending on the layout, students will live with one to two other roommates. Roommates are either CIEE students or other international students.

Students can also live with a local Chinese family in a homestay. Most host families have a member who works at PKU or is retired from PKU. Chinese host families are located 15–20 minutes from campus by public transportation. Students have their own room and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom with the family. Students are invited to family meals twice per week, and should budget for all other meals. Since Chinese family members speak Chinese only, this option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and who are motivated to make rapid progress in Chinese language.

Housing for academic year study abroad students between the fall and spring semesters is arranged and included in the program fee. This is to encourage students to stay in China during the break and to continue improving their Chinese language abilities.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students usually eat at the student cafeterias or at the wide range of inexpensive restaurants in and around campus.

  • Short-Term Homestay Experience Students living in the dormitories may take part in an optional, short-term homestay experience for three weeks. This allows CIEE study abroad students to experience both the student and Chinese family living environment while in Beijing. Each host family provides a private room, Internet access, and laundry facilities.

Academic Program

The CIEE Study Center at Peking University (PKU) was founded in 1980. The Advanced Chinese Studies program, which started in 2009, is appropriate for highly motivated, superior level Chinese language students interested in taking content classes completely in Chinese with Chinese undergraduate students.  Students are required to pass a placement exam taken upon arrival in Beijing. Students who pass may enroll in one of these schools or department of Peking University: School of Mathematical Sciences, School of Physics, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of History, School of International Studies, School of Economics, Guanghua School of Management, and School of Journalism and Communication. Students wishing to enroll in a school or department not listed above should contact CIEE to inquire. A CIEE Advanced Research and Writingcourse supplements direct enrollment courses at Peking University.

Academic Culture

Students attend classes from Monday through Friday and take most courses within one department or school. The academic culture of each department or school varies. Classroom size can range from 20 to 200 students depending on the course, and teaching styles and course requirements vary from course to course. Syllabi may or may not be provided depending on the professor. Typically there is a teacher’s assistant (TA) assigned to each course, and international students are expected to communicate with their TAs for specific course information and to discuss any issues. Students are expected to be both independent and diligent in regard to meeting the requirements of each course.