Study Abroad

CET Beijing: Intensive Language

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


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, and read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • CET requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any CET program. 

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 the campus of Capital Normal University.


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.

Strong Mandarin Chinese language program (includes one-on-one language tutorials, supplementary classes for each level, language practical & ethnographic projects). Full-time Chinese language pledge required.

Academic Credit

In the fall and spring, students take 20 class hours per week of Chinese language instruction. 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.


Students take one intensive course which teaches the four main language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Supplementary classes such as one-on-one language tutorials, one-on-two drills, television and writing. Elective classes such as newspaper, business or literature. Each week a portion of class time is devoted to preparing relevant vocabulary and background material for that weekend’s activity or excursion. Some students participate in language “practica”, wherein they practice their Chinese outside the classroom. Class attendance is mandatory.

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 an academic orientation meeting.

Number of Students

Over 31,000 students study at the Capital Normal University. Approximately 60-80 CET students each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Double rooms available in dormitories at the Capital Normal University. You share a furnished room with a local roommate in a recently renovated dormitory.

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/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


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

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 15

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