Immerse yourself in Chinese in the cosmopolitan city of Beijing—at Capital Normal University—studying intensive Chinese language and living with Chinese roommates.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||Minimum 2 semesters college-level Chinese|
This 30-year old program is based in Beijing, China’s cosmopolitan capital city and the home of putonghua, “the common language,” otherwise known as Mandarin. The city offers something for everyone—the Forbidden City and its surrounding traditional hutong neighborhoods for history buffs, glitzy shopping districts for fashionistas, wholesale and flea markets for bargain hunters, galleries and museums for art connoisseurs, athletic events for sports fans. This program challenges students to get out the door and discover their niche in a city that will become a second home.
The program is located at the main campus of Capital Normal University (CNU). CNU is large university with many amenities including a gymnasium, sports fields, libraries, student centers, and cafeterias. The campus is located near subway and bus stops, allowing easy and inexpensive access to all of Beijing.
This is currently the only program whose credit has been pre-approved by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.
Students reside in a dormitory on CNU’s campus. Program participants share a double room with a Chinese roommate.
Dorm rooms are simple, but comfortable, with basic furnishings, air conditioning, and attached bathrooms. The building is equipped with wi-fi, and offers shared laundry and kitchen facilities.
Meals are not included in the program fee. Students explore the area's numerous eateries, or use their CNU-issued student ID card to access teh many, and very inexpensive, campus cafeterias.
Sharing a room with a local roommate is frequently cited by students as “one of the best parts of the program.” Many students become good friends with their roommates, and roommates often invite students to their homes for a weekend or holiday.
Chinese roommates are selected from local Beijing universities. All roommates agree to abide by the full-time language pledge.
The program facilitates the roommate relationship. Chinese roommates attend excursions, plan activities, and present a lecture series to their peers. Beyond this, the program steps out of the way to allow roommates to develop natural cross-cultural relationships that move beyond the host-guest paradigm.
During the summer term, most activities are language-based. They provide fun ways to explore Beijing while working in some Chinese language practice. Students explore the city with their Chinese roommates and participate in many out-of-classroom activities.
For a midsummer break, the program arranges 1 overnight weekend trip to a nearby city.
Beijing faculty members are hired independently by CET, our on-site provider. Most instructors come from the host university, Beijing Institute of Education (BIE), and other institutions around the city such as Capital Normal University, Beijing University, Beijing Normal University, and Beijing Language and Culture University.
Chinese language instructors have graduate degrees in Chinese or Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Many have experience teaching at language programs in the US or at other study abroad programs of similar caliber.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Study Abroad Center|
|Program Level||Second- and third-year classes are available. Equivalent to the University of Minnesota's levels of 3021/3022 and 3031/3032.|
You will take 2 levels of intensive Chinese for the equivalent of 8–10 US semester credits per summer term.
Study with other US students at the Capital Normal University's main campus in the cosmopolitan city of Beijing and live with Chinese roommates for a full-time language immersion. This program is designed to finish 1 full year of Chinese language in an 8-week summer program. Second- and third-year Chinese language credit has been pre-approved by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.
Course syllabi are available at CET Beijing: Intensive Language Summer.
CL211 Intermediate Chinese (equiv. to CHN 3021/3022)
CL271 Intermediate High Chinese
CL311 Pre-Advanced Chinese (equiv. to CHN 3031/3032)
CL411 Advanced Chinese
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Summer 2021||Jun 9, 2021 – Aug 8, 2021||Priority deadline: 02/15/2021|
CET offers scholarships for students participating on CET programs. Applicants for the Language Immersion in China program are eligible for CET's scholarship. CET's scholarship application deadline for summer term is March 1. All materials must be submitted directly to CET's Washington, DC office. Access the CET Scholarship Application through the CET online checklist to which you will have access shortly after submitting your program application.
In addition, CET is offering an additional $500 scholarship for all Uof M Chinese Flagship students for the Language Immersion in China or CET Harbin summer program. Students must apply by the Learning Abroad Center's February 15 priority application deadline in order to be considered for the CET Flagship scholarship.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Summer 2020||Friday, March 27, 2020, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.||TBA|
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Program Name||Language Immersion in China|
|Track Name||Intensive Chinese in Beijing|
Upon submitting the LAC's online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating you have opened an application.
At this point, you will be assigned an application checklist to complete the remaining portion of your application. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are received.
Begin an application on CET's online application portal
This is a Learning Abroad Center (LAC) program offered in partnership with CET. You will complete application materials for both the Learning Abroad Center and CET. Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you on the respective online application portals.
You may not participate in this program until you have submitted all of your LAC confirmation checklist items to the Learning Abroad Center.
If you decide not to continue with the application process, please be advised of our Cancellation Policy, and notify the Learning Abroad Center by submitting a Cancel Request in the application system, or by email.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toThuy Doan or call at 612.626.8686.
Below is a list of students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.