Billikens in Beijing
The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
University and Program
- Approximately 3 weeks of excursions throughout China to see and experience the different cultures within China
- Chinese language tutors
- Chinese roommates
The Beijing program is offered through The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
(TBC), which is made up of a consortium of Jesuit colleges and universities. The center is housed at the University of International Business and Economics, a very prestigious university in Beijing. The campus is close to many of the main attractions.
The program offers morning language classes with afternoon and evening seminars in English. You can take introductory business courses as well as courses covering the Chinese culture, ranging from Chinese religion to the martial arts. You will take classes with many of China’s leading experts, professors, and practitioners in the country’s intellectual and political capital. You will observe the historical and cultural roots of Chinese society and commerce. You will witness China in the cities and in the countryside, engaging with ethnic peoples in their own environment. You will study its fields and its factories, and see China’s as well as its challenges. You will travel intellectually, as well as physically.
Beijing, the capital of China, is the center of the nation's politics, culture, and international exchanges. Beijing, which translates to "the northern capital" has a tremendous population of over 20 million people. With buildings with a history of over 800 years, the city has hundreds of years
Academics and Extracurricular Activities
The Beijing Center offers a comprehensive set of seminar style courses on China across 13 disciplines that allows you to take courses to understand the complexities of China, while advancing toward graduation and preparing you for a variety of careers in the global marketplace. Students should be aware that TBC’s curriculum is as academically intensive as many other university programs in the United States. Students will enroll in 12 to 18 credit hours per semester.
Chinese proficiency requirement: Unless you can demonstrate fluency, you are required to take at least one three-credit-hour Chinese course. You will gain facility in Chinese, and advance your skills in the language.
The list of courses, which are taught in English, can be found here
Each semester, students will participate in 2 excursions, which is included in the program cost. These unique trips allows students to see and experience China in its entirety. Students will travel to different provinces of China to see how these people live and what life is like for them.
Fall: August - December
Spring: January - May
You may view the specific academic calendar here.
Students are housed in the International Student Residence on UIBE's campus. This is a six-story residence hall where students are assigned living quarters on floors 2-6. Standard rooms are double occupancy. You may request a specific roommate or have one assigned to you by TBC. Students enrolled in the intensive Chinese track (6 credits) may request a Chinese roommate.
Each student room is furnished with the following: beds with pillows, sheets, towels, blankets and comforters, desks with lamps and chairs, and one bookcase per student. In addition each room has one night table, one small table with two chairs, one phone, two built-in closets and one rented refrigerator. Rooms are heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer. Each room has a private bath with toilet, sink and shower.
Full-year students may request a host-family during their second semester, meals are not included. You may view more information on housing here.
Students will now be supplied with a 1,000RMB (approx $150 US Dollar) meal card that they can use the dining facilities on campus.
For more detailed information regarding costs of program, inclusions, scholarships and financial aid information, please refer to the the Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
link. Note: students are required to enroll in the TBC preferred insurance plan (currently CISI).
Students will receive a four day orientation after arriving in Beijing.
In order to seek admission, which is not guaranteed, a student must meet the following requirement(s):
The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
U.S. Department of State Country Specific Information: China
- 2.8 GPA
- Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
- Sophomore or Junior standing
- Be a Non-Chinese Citizen (unless student also has permanent resident status or citizenship status in at least one country other than China)