Beijing, China CIEE Intensive Chinese Language Program

  • Location: China - Beijing
  • Other Requirements: 135 hours of college level Mandarin Chinese/two semesters of college level Chinese
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Date(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: Beijing, China CIEE Intensive Chinese Language Program


Program Dates:

Fall 2019: September 4, 2019-December 21, 2019
Spring 2020: February 12, 2020-June 1, 2020

Where: Beijing

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 are taught by faculty from the Peking University School of Chinese as a Second Language. Area studies electives are taught by PKU faculty, other local Chinese scholars, and/or international scholars residing in Beijing.

Peking University (PKU) was founded in 1898 and has a long tradition of scholarly excellence and political activism. The prestigious PKU focuses on advanced research in the natural and social sciences. The campus, previously an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty, hosts 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PKU has modern classrooms and recreational facilities, many cafeterias, and easy access to mass transit – all within short walking distance.

Mandarin classes include only CIEE and other international students. CIEE electives are open to only CIEE students.

Students enroll in 16-24 semester credits (4-5 courses) including an area studies elective in English, CIEE language & Culture practicum, Intensive Chinese at PKU, Spoken Chinese at PKU and 1-2 other Chinese language electives.


135 hours of college level Mandarin Chinese/two semesters of college level Chinese. 1 college level Chinese area studies course recommended.


Depending upon language background, students with more than five years of college-level Mandarin Chinese or its equivalent and students with near native fluency may not be appropriate for this program. Peking University does not accept students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau. This includes those who are permanent U.S. residents. Students of Chinese ancestry who hold U.S. and other foreign passports are welcome.

Housing & Student Life

The CIEE study abroad programs in China foster a Chinese language-only environment. In order to support students to maximize Chinese language proficiency gains, all participants live with Chinese host families or Chinese roommates. Participants select one of two housing options prior to arrival. Meal options depend on the type of housing selected. Students living with host families will eat four meals per week with their host family. Students living in a residence hall must be prepared to pay their own meal costs on-site in China.

Fees & Costs

Students pay Allegheny tuition, double room and an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except work/study, is applied to program costs. Tuition includes international travel insurance (CIEE iNext), airport meet and greet, orientation, 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), CIEE application fee, books and supplies (approx. $50), visa fees,  international airfare & local transportation, personal expenses.

Visa & Immigration information

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

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