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CIEE: Beijing Intensive Chinese Language
Situated on the northern tip of the North China Plain, Beijing is flanked by mountains to the north and west which shield the city from the encroaching desert steppes. It is the political, educational, and cultural center of China and the nation's most populous city with over 15 million residents. The architecture and museums found in Beijing trace the country's history from its earliest days up to the present. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
Students are required to enroll in Readings in Chinese, Spoken Chinese, the Chinese Language and Culture Practicum and 1-3 additional courses.. The Language and Culture Practicum will allow students to practice the language skills learned in the classroom through outside-of-class language activities. Students will also be expected to attend guest lectures and other cultural activities. To round out their schedule students will choose from a list of Chinese Language electives and may choose 1 additional English taught content course.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take 15-17 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 1-6 credits per class taken with CIEE. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-February – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students live in either the PKU foreign student complex—Zhongguanyuan Global Village dormitory—or in a homestay. Students may not live in accommodations that are not arranged by CIEE.
Living conditions in Zhongguanyuan Global Village are inviting and comfortable, 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 study abroad students or other international students.
Homestays are located within 45 minutes from campus by public transportation and have two or three bedrooms. Students have their own room and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom (in some host families, students may have their own bathroom). Students are invited to family meals typically four times during the week, but should budget for other meals, including lunch on campus and meals not eaten with host families. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to establish relationships with Chinese people, live in an entirely Chinese language environment, and to make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study.
Housing for academic year students between the fall and spring semesters is arranged and included in the program fee. Meals are not included in the program fee for students living in the dormitory 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.
There is Internet access in the PKU library and computer center. However, Internet access can be quite erratic and slow. Students can also access the Internet from their dormitory rooms for a small fee by opening a personal account at the computer center. CIEE pays for the first month of Internet access. Internet availability in each homestay varies. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE: Beijing Intensive Chinese Expenses Worksheet.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship - Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. More information can be found on the Rutgers China Office website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1000) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Applications will be released to students upon acceptance.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.