Established by American University in Washington, D.C., the Beijing Program has been in China since 1986. Still maintaining a strong institutional affiliation with AU, China Studies Program began to operate independently accepting students from other universities in the fall of 2004.
The program has a wide range of courses to suit various needs of students and all courses, except the Chinese language classes, are taught in English. It also has a long established study-trip program and internship practice, among others. In addition, students have opportunities to participate in volunteer activities, and we also take students to nearby villages to study rural economy and peasant life.
Beijing, sometimes romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. It is also the political, educational and cultural centre of the country and as such it is rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions.
Endicott students will enroll in five 3-credit courses while studying in Beijing. Courses are offered in the social sciences and humanities, and are all taught in English. For a complete list of courses, visit the site here.
Students also have the option to choose between two tracks: The Immersion Track and Non-Immersion Track.
Immersion Track -
The immersion track is for students who want to devote themselves to Chinese language training fulltime, through 27 hours in class instruction per week and lots of time for homework and other activities. It is a perfect opportunity for those who want to challenge themselves and test the limits of their courage, endurance and excitement.
Non-Immersion Track -
This is designed for students who desire to learn Chinese part time while taking other area studies courses and internships. A minimum of 9 hours per week is required. The average class size is under 10. Except the absence of language pledge, the instructional methodologies and contents are the same as immersion Chinese.
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: TBA
- Orientation: TBA
- Classes Start: TBA
- Mid-Term Exams: TBA
- Classes End: TBA
- Final Exams: TBA
- Departure Date: TBA
Students will have four types of housing that they can choose from:
On campus dorms:
Our host institution has double occupancy dorms for foreign students that are equipped with private bath, airconditioning, TV, internet access, and telephone. The majority of students live in on compus housing.
Off campus hotel:
The hotel is located close to compus, about five munites away by walking. The double occupancy rooms there are more spacious and the facilities are the same as on campus dorms. In case, on campus dorms are full, the program may arrange students to live in this off-campus hotel.
Off campus apartments:
Off campus apartments are available on a limited basis and are subject to approval. They are located in Chinese residential neighborhoods with air conditioning, TV, internet access, telephone, bath, plus a kitchen. It may take ten to twenty minutes to walk to campus. The big advantage is that students live amongst and interact with Chinese citizens, a great way to understand culture and improve language skills. The off-campus apartments are mainly for the language immersion students.
*Note: A Chinese roommate will live in the apt. to provide necessary help.
Homestay is possible for language immersion students who desire to mix with Chinese families upon request.
The following activities are organized every other weekend during the semester, with the participation of some Chinese students at Peking University:
·The Great Wall
·Marco Polo Bridge
·798 Art Village
All students studying abroad in China must obtain a student visa prior to traveling. The student visa application for China can be found at the following website: http://www.china-embassy.org/chn/lszj/bgxz/P020130830121570742708.pdf
Visa processing times vary by country. Though some consulates are able to provide student visas in as little as two days, others may take as long as two months. We advise all students to review the timelines of their host country, and plan accordingly. Processing times can be found on the Chinese Consulate’s website
The current cost to obtain a Chinese visa is $140. To ensure you are making the correct payment amount, and paying by the correct method (credit card, cash or money order), please visit the consulate website.