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|Restrictions:||Scranton applicants only|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Instruction Language:||English||Language Prereqs.:||No prerequisites|
|Language Courses:||Mandarin/Advanced, Mandarin/Elementary, Mandarin/Intermediate||Fields of study:||Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Film Studies, Finance, History, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Theology/Religious Studies|
|Minimum GPA:||2.8||Eligibility-Class:||04 Junior|
|Credits/Term:||12-18||Program Type:||Foreign University Progam for International Students, US University Study Center|
|Housing Options:||Residence Halls||Meals/Dining:||Dining hall/meal plan|
The Beijing Center
At the Beijing Center you don’t study abroad; you study China, in CHINA. The Beijing Center provides you an opportunity unlike any other study abroad program. By combining intense language and course work, unparalleled immersion opportunities, and academic excursions throughout the country, you will learn more about China in one week than you have in your entire life.
Unlike any other study abroad program, the academics at The Beijing Center (TBC) are second to none. Anyone can learn about China. But in order to truly understand China, you must excavate it. With this premise in mind, TBC’s academic curriculum provides you a solid footing as you make sense of the complexities of China. For more information on the Beijing Center, please navigate to: Study Abroad at The Beijing Center.
The Beijing Center is located on the campus of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). Situated in the northeastern part of Beijing between the 3rd and 4th ring roads (Beijing’s expressways), you are close to the center of the city, while at the same time being surrounded by a thriving residential neighborhood. From here, you will take full advantage of the prime location: bike to almost anywhere in the city, hop on any of the three major subway stations minutes away, catch a bus at stops right outside of campus, or take a fifteen minute taxi ride downtown. Exploring this amazing city couldn’t be any easier.
Getting off campus is easy. Choosing what to do, see, or eat is the difficult part. Beijing, the political capitol of China, is also the cultural capitol. With so many different sites ranging from Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, or the Summer Palace, to the 798 Art District, Olympic Park and the countless temples and museums, you never have to worry about running out of things to do.
Beijing is also a growing international metropolis. You will witness first hand the juxtaposition of the ancient and traditional with the modern and new. You can see it all, from seeing older Chinese people practicing tai chi in the morning to moshing at a Chinese punk concert at night.
No previous experience studying Chinese language is necessary. However, you are required to study Chinese (in the standard Mandarin dialect), unless you can demonstrate fluency. The Beijing Center offers three different levels of Chinese language: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. In addition, you may choose to study at either a Standard or Intensive Track.
Art, Communication, Economics, Finance, History, International Business, Literature, Mandarin, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theology. More information on courses and their schedules can be found here: Beijing course information
As the capitol of China, Beijing is where everything begins and ends, as a result, it is the political and cultural center. Beijing undergoes astronomical growth while maintaining its storied past. Whether you wander through 800 year-old hutongs at the city center, walk onto the field at the Bird’s Nest (National Stadium), or camp overnight on an un-preserved section of the Great Wall, Beijing offers a dynamic of old versus new unmatched by any other city in the world.
The Beijing Center is housed at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), located in a safe residential area of Beijing. Living in the middle of a Chinese university in a local residential area, allows you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the language and culture of China. From the family who makes homemade dumplings in a nearby restaurant, to the man who fixes bicycles right outside your dorm, a chance to gain a deep and intimate insight into China awaits. The Beijing Center offers many opportunities for you to get deeply immersed into Chinese culture. During your time in Beijing, you will be fully integrated in the host university, and will be paired with a host student and a Chinese language tutor. You may also have the option to live with a Chinese roommate or a host family.
All students, except those living with a host family, will live on campus at the University of International Business and Economics. There are two options for on-campus housing—Dorm rooms (building 6) or Apartment-style rooms (building 5). Both are double occupancy, though private rooms may be available for an additional fee. Check the chart to the right to learn more.
Located inside building 6 are a small café and convenience store, an Internet café, laundry room, and kitchens on each floor. On the third floor is a recently refurnished private DVD lounge with a television, DVD player, and couches. In addition, there are two private, wireless study lounges and a small gym; all located in building 6.
Transportation and Meals
Bicycles are the best way to travel short distances in Beijing. Bicycles can be bought for around $20.00 USD. Taxis are affordable and there are thousands in Beijing. Beijing has a modern public transportation system. Local buses are cheap and frequent, and riding the subway is clean, quick, and easy to navigate.
Food in Beijing is plentiful and delicious. Beijing is famed for having 100,000 restaurants and you will find food from all over the world. Located on campus at the University of International Business and Economics are two student cafeterias and a coffee shop. Here, you can get a hot meal for less than one US dollar. You can also eat at one of the nearly 60 restaurants within walking distance of campus. A dish typically costs about two or three US dollars, at most of these restaurants.
Host Student Program
Before arriving in Beijing, you will be matched with a host student from UIBE. S/he can assist you with daily living tasks, such as finding a local store to purchase a cell phone and SIM card, taking you to the gym for the first time, showing you favorite, local restaurants, or just helping you to get acquainted with the campus and neighborhood. This person will be a valuable resource for you. Tutor
In addition to a host student, you will be assigned a Chinese language tutor, paid for by The Beijing Center. You can meet with your Chinese language tutor for an hour each day. These are valuable sessions and can help you make substantial progress in your language study. Click here for more information.
Students taking Intensive Chinese language, regardless of the level, may request a Chinese roommate. Chinese roommates are undergraduate UIBE students who are actively involved leaders on campus. While they speak English fluently, they are encouraged to speak as much Chinese as possible when living with their Beijing Center roommate. Host Family
During a year-long student’s second semester of study at The Beijing Center, there is an option for a home stay. Our host families live on or nearby campus. Close bonds form between host families and students. Evenings spent enjoying a home cooked meal with a host family provide valuable insights into the lives of everyday Chinese people.
Beijing, as well as being the political and educational capital of China, is also the cultural capital. In your free time, there will be opportunities to shop at the many markets in Beijing, enjoy acrobat and martial arts shows, attend a concert, relax at a tea-house, and explore Beijing. In the past, Beijing Center students have formed intramural basketball and soccer teams to compete against other teams at the University of International Business and Economics. In addition, students are welcomed and encouraged to join any clubs or organizations offered by the university.
Over the years, volunteer experiences have been a big part of many Beijing Center students’ experiences. These experiences have allowed them a deeper immersion experience and the opportunity to give back to their new community.
For many students, studying abroad in China will not only be a time for intellectual growth, but for spiritual growth as well. TBC is well prepared to provide students spiritual direction, guidance, the sacrament of reconciliation, and to celebrate mass. As a community, we meet every Sunday night on campus for a Catholic mass in English and restricted to our students. You will also find several Protestant churches, Buddhist and Taoist temples, and Jewish and Muslim communities. Check with the Student Life staff or in any of the ex-pat magazines for addresses and service schedules.
With a population over 1.3 billion people, coming from 56 different ethnicities, spread throughout China’s 34 provinces, staying in Beijing, let alone the classroom, will not even begin to show you the real China. To understand China in its entirety, all of these aspects must be considered. That is why The Beijing Center (TBC), builds two academic trips into each semester. These unique trips allow you to see and experience more of China than most people will their entire lives – Chinese people included.