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CET: Beijing Chinese Language Program, China (Third Party)

The Program

The CET Beijing Chinese Language program, based in one of China’s most dynamic cities (and the home of “standard” Chinese), immerses students into local Chinese life.  You will have the rare opportunity to enroll in innovative language courses that challenge your skills both inside and outside the classroom.  The program’s unique activities further capitalize on Beijing’s rich learning environment, and show students a side of China not seen by tourists.

CET’s Beijing Chinese Language program accepts serious students of all language levels–from beginner to advanced.  Students who have already taken college level Chinese must have received a B+ or better in order to be accepted into the program.

The goals of the program are twofold: rapid improvement of language skills and a solid understanding of contemporary Chinese society.  Classes are small and designed to meet the needs of students, ranging from heritage learners who speak Chinese fluently to beginners who want to immerse themselves in Chinese culture.  A full-time language pledge and dorm rooms shared with local Chinese students round out this rigorous program.

The Academics

You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits on this program. You will take 18 class hours per week of Chinese language instruction plus two electives.  Supplementary classes such as one-on-one language tutorials, one-on-two drills, television and writing enhance the core curriculum. Some students also choose elective classes such as newspaper, business or literature to add further scope to their language learning. Click here for a list of courses.

Students can expect to spend at least one hour outside of class preparing their lessons for each hour in class. Extensive memorization of characters is required. Students are advised to familiarize themselves with the simplified characters used in China. All courses have quizzes, daily participation grades, homework, and examinations to monitor students’ progress.

Your language classes will average eight students, with lower enrollments in the upper levels and drill classes. While a preliminary placement is made for all students at the time of application, final placement is made after a placement examination in Beijing. Each term, students may choose to enroll in extracurricular courses. Recent classes have included Chinese cooking, painting, calligraphy, martial arts, Chinese chess, and other subjects, depending on student interest. These extracurricular activities are available at no extra cost to CET participants.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
CHIN 3220 Business Chinese CL315 Intermediate Business Chinese 3 12/31/2021

The Experience

Based in one of China’s most cosmopolitan cities and the home of “standard” Mandarin, CET’s Beijing program is an ideal location in which to study Chinese language and culture. The city offers students numerous outlets.

CET Beijing students are encouraged to participate in all of the regularly scheduled excursions to places of historical interest in and around Beijing. The Great Wall, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven are some of the most famous of these destinations.

There are also opportunities to attend performances such as Chinese opera and acrobatics. CET makes an effort to arrange visits to locations students might not be able to visit on their own, such as a rural village or neighborhood committee meeting. Many of these activities require students to speak only Chinese and challenge them to practice recently acquired language skills outside the classroom. In some cases, class work is directly related to a particular outing, and vocabulary or word patterns are used during the activity. Many of these visits also provide sources for student discussion in language classes.

Each semester, CET’s Beijing program arranges three expense-paid overnight excursions on weekends. One trip introduces students to a nearby city of particular historical or cultural significance, such as Datong, Chengde, or Pingyao. The second, designed for the more adventurous, may be a visit to a rural village, camping on the Great Wall, or a visit to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. The third trip is the language immersion weekend. Held in Beijing’s suburbs, this weekend challenges students to communicate exclusively in Chinese for two days. The use of skits, debates, and games, along with the participation of Chinese roommates and teachers, make this weekend quite productive. Students not only employ and improve upon language skills, but also gain confidence by speaking Mandarin with other students.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities
Language of instruction: Chinese (Mandarin) Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3