CET Chinese Studies in Beijing

  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Language of Instruction: English and Chinese
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • 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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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    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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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: 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. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: Each term, students depart Beijing and venture on an overnight excursion together. One past group of students went to Kaifeng and hiked to a remote village in the mountains. Another group of past students went to Datong and viewed the Yungang Grottoes containing massive Buddhist carvings—the earliest examples of such carvings in China.

    Students also participate in faculty-led academic excursions. Depending on the electives they are taking, students might visit a Peking Opera school to watch a rehearsal and interact with actors, interact with Chinese artists at the 798 Art District, tour a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital where they can see the medicine-preparation department and try out acupuncture, meet the monks at the Lama Temple, or view the taping of a live television show. CET also organizes weekly one-day excursions around Beijing. Past students have participated in a round-table discussion about media censorship and internet control with editors of the China Youth Daily, visited an autism school, played with the children and talked to the teachers about autism in China, and toured the Summer Palace with a local historian.

    Internships: Students may participate in an internship for credit. Internships include the course Working in China: Service, Culture and Internships. This course contextualizes on-the-job experiences and provides an opportunity for group reflection and discussion. Students who opt out of an internship take an additional elective instead.

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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to mid-June
  • Year: Late August to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Shizhe Huang

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