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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Chinese, English Housing options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Chinese, Economics, History, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Stand alone Language level: Chinese 1b or the equivalent
GPA: 8.25
Program Description:
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Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language

Program Overview

Beijing Tianenmen Square

Our Contemporary China & Chinese Language program offers students an array of Chinese language courses, including upper level, topic-based Chinese language electives, and area studies courses taught in English. This program will benefit students who want to rapidly expand their knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, and their knowledge about China in general.

The program is based on the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai) campus, one of Beijing’s premier academic universities. Grammar classes, small drill sessions, and hour-long private tutorials (twice a week) combine for an intensive study of Chinese two hours daily, four days a week. Advanced students may select additional 2-credit topical language classes, such as Classical Chinese, Modern Slang & Pop Culture, Personal & Business Communication.

In addition to your Chinese language coursework, you will choose from 3-credit Area Studies courses (taught in English) in disciplines such Asian Studies, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, and Literature to complement your language studies.

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NOTE: Program dates listed in Studio Abroad are approximate. Please refer to IES Abroad predeparture materials for planning travel.

Why Beijing?

As the political, intellectual, and cultural capital of China, Beijing is a dynamic city reinventing itself for the 21st century. Beijingers remain proud of their traditions, their language, and a rich heritage that dates back centuries, making it the perfect place to study Chinese while learning about China's past, present, and future. Spend as much time as you can indulging in this city's rich culture: explore the maze of hutong, shop the glitzy areas of Chaoyang, and wander through the majestic Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

Student Life

Whether it's an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path--we're all about our student services. To find out more specific details, click here and select the Student Life tab.

About IES Abroad

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,000 study abroad students every year. From our headquarters in Chicago to our 115+ study abroad programs in more than 35 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences.

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Call us at 800.995.2300

Academic Program
During the on-site orientation, students will take a placement exam to determine their appropriate language levels. Students enroll in an intensive Chinese language class and select electives from a combination of Area Studies and language elective courses to meet the 15-semester credit minimum requirement. Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis. Students may not take the required Chinese language course on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students live in a regular university dormitory in a double room with a Chinese roommate. Students eat in cafeterias or prepare meals in the dormitory. Homestays are available only for students with prior study and good communication skills in Chinese, and a special application is required. Pomona provides a meal allowance for either living situation.

Number of Students
IES enrolls approximately 45 students, selected from a national pool.

Host Institution
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Beijing Foreign Studies University

Faculty Liaison
Sharon Hou

  • Completion of beginning Mandarin (Chinese 1b), or the equivalent.
  • 9.0 GPA required.
A college-level background course with Asian content is highly recommended.

Click here to read about student experiences on the IES Beijing program.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.