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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 a Chinese 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. 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: 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. 

W&M Faculty: 
Lu Lu 

Arrival date: Mid-June 2019
Departure date: Early-August  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.

Program Fees:
2018 program fee: $7,250
2019 program fee will be available in November. 

Students are responsible for meals, visa expenses and airfare.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

Program Features: 
  • Welcome dinner
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Fulfills COLL 300
  • Ground transportation
  • Farewell dinner
  • Re-entry Programming
  • Some excursion admissions tickets
  • Some day or weekend excursions depending on the program
  • CISI Insurance
  • Housing
  • 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 
  • Some per diem is included to cover meals and water during the week

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.