CET Beijing: Intensive Language
- Location: Beijing, China
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Language of Instruction: 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 the western branch campus of the Beijing Institute of Education (BIE), in the Xicheng district.
Non-US citizens should consult with CET and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.Additional Visa Information
- Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room and board fees 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 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.
In the fall and spring, students take 18 class hours per week of Chinese language instruction plus two electives. 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.
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.
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 6,000 students study at the Beijing Institute of Education. CET students are the only American students at the western branch campus of BIE. Approximately 60-80 CET students each semester.
Single or double rooms available in dormitories at the Beijing Institute of Education. Haverford strongly encourages living with a Chinese roommate.
Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.
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.
- Fulfills Language Requirement
- Semester I: Late August to mid-December
- Semester II: Mid-February to mid-June
- Semester I: March 1
- Semester II: October 15
- Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics and CV Starr Professor of Asian Studies
- Chase 103B
- (610) 896-1262