Study Abroad

CET Chinese Studies and Internship in Beijing

  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English and Chinese
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Beijing, the monumental capital of modern China, is a magnet for international investment. It is a city that strives to preserve the cultural landscape of its glorious past while all around the glass and steel emblems of its dynamic present flourish. CET is located on Capital Norman University (CNU).

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    Non-US citizens should consult with CET and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

Previous Chinese language study is not required. Students planning to stay in China for more than six months are required to take an HIV test for entry into the country. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Chinese language course. Class attendance is mandatory. The application requirements can be found on the CET website.

Academic Credit

During the 15-week fall and spring semesters, students will enroll in up to 20 hours per week of Chinese language and area studies courses. Language classes total 11 hours per week and include one hour per week of one-on-one tutorial. In addition, all students are required to take two area studies courses, and may take as many as three. Intensive Chinese fulfills Haverford’s language requirement.  Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Chinese area studies (may include history, literature, culture, economics & more), Chinese language, possible independent projects for qualified students.

Course Highlights

Chinese language, Chinese studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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A typical orientation program includes a campus tour, placements tests, group meals, sightseeing trips, a neighborhood tour, meeting Chinese roommates, a scavenger hunt, barbecue, and academic orientation meeting.

Number of Students

Approximately 10,000 undergrad students at Capital Norman University. About 20-30 CET students per semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Students share rooms with local roommates in an international student dormitory. Students live with Chinese roommates who are CNU students selected by CET. Each student room has a phone, television and internet access. Dormitory floors share small kitchen and laundry facilities. Meals are not included in the program fee. Students eat at CNU cafeterias or explore the numerous inexpensive cafés and eateries around campus.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Freeman-Asia Scholarship
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

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  • Semester
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to mid-June

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 15
  • Semester II: October 15

Faculty Contact

Shizhe Huang

  • Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics and CV Starr Professor of Asian Studies
  • Stokes 118A1
  • (610) 896-1262