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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Beijing Collage

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Beijing is the capitol of China and one of the largest cities in the world. A mix of ancient palaces, temples, gardens, and tombs with modern architecture and a booming economy make Beijing a center for culture, art, education, history, and politics. The city is home to many attractions, such as the Summer Palace and surrounding Imperial Gardens, and is a short drive to the famous Great Wall.

Program Description:
The College of William & Mary’s summer program in Beijing takes place at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious educational institutions. Tsinghua is a comprehensive university with a strong emphasis in the sciences, humanities and management. It is also known for its outstanding Center for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend Tsinghua University and it is located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing.

This program gives students seven weeks of Mandarin language and cultural immersion and provides an opportunity for students to conduct research in Beijing. Students will have a personal language partner and faculty support for independent research. Students will take courses in Chinese language, literature, and culture, including a 1 credit course in martial arts. The program also includes weekly excursions in Beijing, as well as two faculty-led weekend excursions to cultural areas outside of Beijing. Past trips have included Shenyang and its Industrial Zones, and Wutai Mountain and Pingyao City.

Students will live in dormitories. Meals are not included in the cost of this program.

Language Requirements:
One year of college-level Mandarin.

Course Information:
Students will earn 12 credits through the Beijing summer program. Enrollment in language courses is dependent on prior knowledge. Summer 2018 courses are:
  • CHIN 200/300/400: Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate Chinese; Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing (8 credits)
  • CHIN 303: Beijing and Its Histories (3 credits)
  • KINE 106: Martial Arts (1 Credit)

There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Beijing and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty at Tsinghua University. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations. 

W&M Faculty: 
Michael Hill

Arrival date: Early-June 2018
Departure date: Late-July 2018

Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 2
Final payment: April 2

*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Fees:
2018 program fee: $7,250
Students are responsible for meals and airfare.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

All College students in good academic standing.

Click to view the 2018 Summer Abroad Handbook.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.