Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing, China (CIEE)

  • Location: China - Beijing
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Other Requirements: 4 semesters college level Chinese
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing, China (CIEE)

Program Dates:

Fall 2023: September 4  –  December 15

Spring 2023: February 20  –  June 3

Where: Beijing, China

With a population of 22 million and counting, people from all over China and the world have flocked to this cultural center, as China’s economy and international power have grown. A fascinating blend of the very old and the ultra-modern, it’s home to 15th century treasures like the Hall of Supreme Harmony and stunners like Beijing National Stadium, a.k.a. the Bird’s Nest. The jam-packed cosmopolitan city buzzes with a lively arts scene, and boasts a record number of top research institutions and technology companies.


CIEE’s Intensive Chinese Language program is designed to help students improve fluency in spoken and written Mandarin through intensive language training. Students can also take one course instructed in English to enrich their understanding of China. Chinese language courses and Chinese language electives are taught by faculty from the School of Teaching Chinese as the Second Language, Peking University. Area studies electives are taught by CIEE faculty, other local Chinese scholars, and/or international scholars residing in Beijing.


2.75 G.PA. 2 semester of college-level Chinese or equivalent, 1 college level Chinese area studies course is recommended.

Students with more than five years of college-level Mandarin Chinese and students with near-native fluency may not be appropriate for this program and should consider an advanced study program. Intensive Chinese Language students may not transfer to the Advanced Chinese Studies program after arriving in Beijing.

Citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macao (includes permanent U.S. residents) cannot apply for this program

Housing & Student Life

Homestays. The option to live with a host family is ideal for students who want to establish relationships with Chinese people, live in a total Chinese language environment, and make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study. Students have their own bedroom and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom (some have private bath). Host families live within a 45-minute commute of campus. Family members speak only Chinese. Students are invited to family meals about four times during the week, and should budget for other meals, including lunch on campus.

Residence Halls. Zhongguanyuan Global Village at PKU has inviting comfortable accommodations. Students live in suite-style units with one or two roommates (CIEE students or other international students). Each student has a private bedroom and shared living space and bathroom. Internet access and share kitchens included. Meals are not included. Students typically eat at student cafeterias or at inexpensive restaurants on and around campus.

Visa & Immigration information

If you are a U.S. citizen, you will apply for a visa before departing the United States; please consult with CIEE regarding the visa process. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact the Chinese consulate in your home country for visa requirements.

Fees & Costs

Students pay Allegheny tuition, double room and an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except work study/campus employment, is applied to program costs. Tuition includes international travel insurance (CIEE iNext), field trips, and transcript administration fees. Allegheny students do not have to pay the program deposit requested by CIEE. Estimated additional costs include: meals for students in residence hall, and additional meals outside of home stay (approx. $1,100), CIEE application fee, books and supplies (approx. $50), international airfare & local transportation (approx. $1,600), and personal expenses.

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply