Beijing is the capital of China and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center. A mix of ancient palaces, temples, gardens, tombs, and modern architecture, it is known for both its cutting edge modernity and preservation of ancient sites. The city is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Forbidden City and parts of the Great Wall. Beijing has hosted numerous international and national sporting events, the most notable being the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Beijing will also host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city ever to host both Summer and Winter Olympics.
The College of William & Mary’s summer program in Beijing takes place at Beijing Normal University. 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, possibly a 1 credit course in martial arts. The program also includes weekly excursions in Beijing, as well as 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.
One year of college-level Mandarin.
Students will earn 12 credits through the Beijing summer program. Enrollment in language courses is dependent on prior knowledge. Summer 2018 courses are:
CHIN 303: Chinese Languages and Society (3 credits)
In the past, the one-credit course was KINE 106: Martial Arts (1 Credit), TBD 2019.
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 a local Chinese University. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Arrival date: June 16th 2019
Departure date: August 7th 2019
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 1
Final payment: April 1
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2019 program fee:$6,255
Students are responsible for meals, visa expenses and airfare. Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
Fulfills COLL 300
Some excursion admissions tickets
Some day or weekend excursions depending on the program
Wifi- depending on the program. Please check with your Global Education Advisor
On-site support services
W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
Partnership with highly ranked prestigious host university to offer reputable and rigorous academic coursework
A meal stipend is included to cover meals and water during the week
All College students in good academic standing.